Our CSA has delivered beautiful beets in our box for the past several weeks.
Truth be told, I’m not a huge fan of beets. I like them well enough, but I wouldn’t ordinarily buy them. However, one thing I really like about being a member of a CSA is that we fairly regularly get vegetables that I wouldn’t buy myself which, I like to think, forces me to expand my vegetable repertoire. That can’t be bad, right?
We’ve been eating a lot of greens lately due to our CSA. I figured there must be a way to eat the beet greens in addition to the roots (it seemed a shame to just toss the greens in the compost bin). So I did a quick Internet search and found this recipe for roasted beets and sautéed beet greens. In this recipe, the whole beet roots are tossed in some olive oil and cooked, covered, in a shallow baking dish or roasting pan for 45-60 minutes in a 350 degree oven. Meanwhile, the greens are sautéed in a little olive oil with some garlic and onion. Though the recipe advertises that you can make two separate side dishes – one of roasted beets and the other of sautéed greens — I really wanted to combine them for simplicity’s sake. So I did. I put the roasted beets on top of the greens, and added some feta cheese and mint since I had both and was feeling fancy. The result was delicious.
Beets are like a little wonder food. The roots are high in all sorts of vitamins and minerals such as folate, vitamin C, various B vitamins, manganese, potassium, and iron. Beet greens are even more miraculous, packed with vitamins A, E, and K, calcium and protein. Yup, pretty much if you eat a serving of roasted beets on top of beet greens you can reach for that pint of Ben and Jerry’s with absolutely no guilt (although you’ll be flying high because beets, it turns out, are also packed with sugar).
A couple of years ago, Charlie ate some pickled beets at our neighbors’ house and seemed to like them. I was astonished given that he refuses almost every new food. Since then, I’ve tried a few times to prepare beets for Charlie in the hopes that he’ll develop a completely unexpected love of beets. I’ve tried pickling them for him, but he hasn’t touched them. I offered him some roasted beets; nope. But I figure I have many more weeks of CSA beet deliveries ahead of us, so I’ll keep trying.