Beets, it’s what’s for dinner

5 Dec

by Green Gourmet L

I have to admit that I’m kind of obsessed with beets. No not the scary, flavorless things that you see in the can.  The ruby colored roots you have passed by at the market dozens of times. Besides being deliciously sweet (yet low in calories, bonus!), beets contain nutrients that protect against heart disease, birth defects, and colon cancer.

When picking out your beets (possibly for the first time, adventurous eater), make sure they have the green tops attached and that those look vibrant. You can actually eat the greens.

You can cook them like spinach, sautéed in a little oil/butter and garlic. Or you can just tear them up and add them to any other salad greens. I just bought one bunch of local, organically grown beets at the farmer’s market for $3. So…two healthy veggies for the price of one, now that’s a bargain.

My absolute favorite way to eat beets is in Arugula Beet Salad with Pan Fried Goat Cheese. A light dinner or a great starter. Enjoy and don’t forget to tell them you read it on Green Gourmet!

Arugula Beet Salad with Pan Fried Goat Cheese

3 beets

½ lb arugula

4 oz log of goat cheese


breadcrumbs (or Panko)

1 egg


Boil beets in lightly salted water for 45 minutes. Place in ice water and peel off skins (the skins should fall off very easily). Cut into slices or chop into pieces. In the mean time, cut your goat cheese into discs. Dredge in flour, then egg, then bread crumbs and add to a hot sauté pan with 2 TB oil. Cook on medium high for 1-2 minutes per side until the crust begins to brown.  Place your arugula, beets, and fried goat cheese on your plate and add your favorite dressing. Balsamic vinaigrette or lemon vinaigrette is my favorite. Try a new veggie and don’t forget you read it on Green Gourmets!


2 Responses to “Beets, it’s what’s for dinner”

  1. susanhenschen December 6, 2010 at 1:11 PM #

    For one of my Thanksgiving offerings, I made beet salad based off Atlanta’s Bone Garden Cantina’s Betabel salad. Love it that you’ve highlighted a delicious and often feared/overlooked veggie! And, congrats on the blog! Cheers!

    • thegreengourmets December 6, 2010 at 6:52 PM #

      Thanks Susan! Glad you enjoyed and come visit again soon!

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