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Beets Know Your Fruits and Veggies

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Beets are one of my favorite vegetables. I love them roasted. Slow oven roasting brings out the sweetness. Pair them with other root veggies like carrots, tubers like potatoes and bulbs like onions and garlic and you have a great entree or side dish.
Golden and red beets are cousins to turnips. These root vegetables can be eaten raw, cooked or pickled. The  juice is used as a dye and can be hard to wash off your skin. Handle carefully or use gloves. Store beets in the refrigerator. Beets are a good source of iron and phyto-nutrients called betalains. Betanin  provides antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, and detoxification support for the body.

The greens can be eaten raw in salads or added to soups or stews.  Baby greens are often found in Mesclun mixes. 

 

Here are some ways to get beets into your diet!

Golden Beets with Kale
Dye tips
Pickled Red Beet Eggs

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As a professional cook, I love creating exciting new recipes on the job as well as at home. Assisting in teaching low-income families how to buy, store and prepare healthy food through Penn State’s alliance with Pennsylvania’s Supercupboard Program was very rewarding. During my 11 years with the Master Gardener program, I taught horticultural therapy to assisted living patients using healthful, fr
esh grown food as a focal point. . My hands-on programs and instruction helped hundreds of children and adults learn about where their food comes from and how important fresh food is for your body.
Currently I’m a cook at a college in Pennsylvania. We prepare everything we can from scratch, including our potato chips that tout the seasoning of the day!
Of course I write about food; it's in my blood!

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