Eating for Your Health: Beets

Golden Beets with Kale

I love beets, and beets are super good for you!  They come in beautiful red and gold to make your plate beautiful, as well as healthy and delicious!  Beets are high in fiber, folates, B- complex vitamins, iron, manganese, copper and magnesium.  They have been shown to slow tumor cell growth, help you detox, and have anti-inflammatory properties.  Did I mention they taste great?

The beets pictured above and in the recipe below are golden beets, which taste just about the same as the red ones, so use what you want.  It also has kale in it – which seems to be a recurring health food for me.  Kale seems to be good combined with lots of other healthy foods!

Golden Beets with Kale

Golden Beets with Kale

Ingredients

  • 4 large golden beets, cut into bite sized pieces
  • 1/2 tsp dried tarragon
  • 2 Tbsp. olive oil, divided
  • 6 cups kale, ribs removed and torn
  • salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Toss beets in 1 Tbsp. olive oil and sprinkle with salt, pepper, and tarragon. Place in a glass baking dish and roast for 45 to 60 minutes or until tender when pricked with a fork.
  3. Meanwhile, saute the kale in the remaining olive oil until tender. I add a little water as I saute, so that I don’t have to add more oil.
  4. When the beets are finished roasting, add them to the kale and reheat if necessary so that everything is heated through.

 

Sources:  The World’s Healthiest Foods 

                   Nutrition and You

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