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Beets 101 – Benefits and How to Prepare Them

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Discover all the benefits of beets and how to cook them to include them in your diet

If you’re one of those who can’t get yourself to eat beets, well, you’re not alone. A lot of us out here are struggling to consume beets – and the amusing part is that beets are super healthy and well done are absolutely delicious, so let’s know a bit more to include this beauty in our diets! 

Looking for beets recipes? Check out this delicious Coconut Beet Bowl!

But here’s the trick – if we know how to cook beets right, we can actually end up falling in love with these crimson-colored, bulbous roots. We’ll be telling you about ways to cook this healthy root so that you can consume more of it in your diet. Let’s get started with beets explained: benefits and how to prepare them:

Benefits of Beet

Beets have an earthy, sweetish taste that’s super unique. They have an amazing color as well, and along with this, they are also loaded with ample vitamin B, minerals, and more importantly, fiber. Vitamin B is essential to maintain the overall well-being of our body, whereas fiber is excellent to improve the health of the digestive system. The leaves of beetroots, too, are rich in calcium and iron. 

With these beet health benefits, we can choose to consume them either raw or as beets juice. But for numerous beet recipes, we need to actually cook the beetroots. Now that we know why we should be consuming more beetroots, let’s also understand how to cook them:

Ways to Cook Beet

Steamed Beets

Steaming is a great way to cook beets while retaining their nutrition content. All we need to do is heat water in a steamer basket until it gets super hot. Once the water is hot enough, we can place the beets in the top section of the steamer and cook them until they’re soft. The skin should peel off easily, and it would take around 30 minutes to ensure the beets are cooked well.

Boiled Beets

This one is for those who like their vegetables nice and soft. Boiling beets is simple – heat water and then add the beets into it. Boil until the beets are soft, and you’re done. To prevent the color of the beets from seeping into the water, keep the stem of the beets intact and also add some vinegar to the water. This would minimize the color seepage. Also, boiling would take around 30 minutes, so keep an eye on the watch.

Whole Roasted Beets

In this method, you have to roast the beet with its skin intact. Before you begin roasting the beets, you need to give them a nice coating of flavors (some oil, salt, pepper, and spices of your choice). After this, you need to wrap the beets into foil before placing them into a preheated oven. It would take around 40 to 60 minutes for the beets to be well-roasted.

Chopped and Roasted Beets

This is a  quicker way of roasting beets, and it tastes amazing as well. Chop the beets into half-inch wedges, add in the flavors of your choice, and then put them into a preheated oven for a quick roast. This method would take around 20 to 25 minutes to cook, depending on the temperature you set the oven at.

Summing Up

There we go, quick and easy ways to cook beets. Trust us, once you cook beets with these methods, you’re sure to fall in love with the flavor and texture of beetroots. Our personal favorite is the chopped and roasted beets method – but you can try out all the methods to find the one you love the most! 

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