I have had so many requests to explain in detail how to cook beets, and that’s exactly what I’m going to do today. Beets are a super food! Think Superman!!!! They are here to save the day!
Health Benefits of Beets (only sharing some, not all):
- cleanses your blood and colon
- prevents cancer
- great source of iron, magnesium, calcium, and contains vitamin A, C, and niacin
- protects against heart disease
The benefits are incredible!!! Think of those commercials for Super Beets Powder and how “powerful” the powder is… but just think how much MORE powerful they could be for you when eaten FRESH! Beets should be included in our diets every single week!
Don’t get stuck on just spinach or kale. Yes, they are amazing for you, but so are all the super foods! You need to eat the rainbow to get all the vitamins these powerful foods have to offer.
We like to enjoy beets warm or cold. After I cook and slice them, I store them in the refrigerator for up to 4 days. We eat them with our lunches with a little salad dressing on top, or as a snack with a sprinkling of salt.
Many people claim that beets taste like dirt, but I think you’d just give them a try you might like them! They have a sweetness to them and the greens are a little salty. They are NOT bitter at all.
*** Don’t forget about those beet greens! They are delicious sauted in a little veggie broth with mushrooms and garlic! YUM!
If eating beets is something you want to do, but you don’t enjoy the flavor of them, then let me suggest making frozen beet cubes to add to your smoothies!
There is no cooking required! Just beets, water, a high-speed blender, and an ice cube tray! Using a potato peeler, peel 2-3 beets, dice into small pieces, add the greens and tons of water (as much as you want), and blend. Pour the mixture into ice cube trays and add 1-2 cubes to your next smoothie 🙂
How To Cook Beets
- 1 bundle (3-4) beets red, golden, any color
- First, cut the greens off the beets at the base of the beet, then wash the beets really well. These grow under ground like a carrot, so wash off all the dirt.
- Second, place the beets in a large pot of water. You want the water level to be 2-3 inches over the top of the beets.
- Third, bring the pot of water and beets to a boil, then reduce the heat to a medium boil. Boil for 45 minutes, or until when you enter a knife or fork into the beet, it's mostly soft.
- Shut off the heat and leave the beets alone. For best results, let the beets cool down to room temperature, or if you're in a hurry, take the beets out of the water and run under cool water.
- Here's the fun part! Cut the top of the beet and the bottom, to get clean edges. Now gently press the skin and rub it off. It's like taking the skin off a snake!
- Once all the skin is removed, slice the beets and store in an air tight container in the refrigerator for 4 days.
- *** Don't forget about those beet greens! They are delicious sauted in a little veggie broth with mushrooms and garlic! YUM!