7 Easy Ways to Add Beets to Your Recipes This Season
Fall wouldn’t be the same without the changing leaves, ever-growing pumpkin patches, and delicious comfort foods. While squash, apples, and cranberries may be on your radar, those aren’t the only flavors to incorporate into your favorite autumn dishes. Beets, root veggies packed with nutrients and great taste, are often overlooked. It’s time to give them a little more love. Try out these seven easy ways to incorporate beets into your dishes this season, and your whole family will thank you.
1. Roast them
Like all root veggies, beets love to be roasted, as it brings out their sweetness. All you need is an oven, foil, and an hour to spend around the house while they’re cooking. Preheat an oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit, wash and trim the beets, then wrap them in foil. Roast for about an hour, or until they’re tender. When you take them out of the oven, allow them to cool by opening up the foil, and then peel off their outer layer with a paper towel before cutting.
To incorporate roasted beets into your fall dinners, Food Network recommends making a quick and easy salad with walnuts and goat cheese. This simple salad is packed full of flavor and pairs well with any warm pasta dish.
2. Eat them raw
Beets are at their freshest when late summer hits, so don’t miss out on this opportunity to try the simplest preparation of all: raw. Not only is this method foolproof, but it’s also super fast. Just thinly slice the beets, then add a bit of oil, salt, and pepper.
Raw beets are a great addition to any salad, but if you’re looking to go a bit warmer and fancier with your preparation, try out this recipe by Cannelle et Vanille for raw striped-beet ravioli with herb and goat cheese filling. This dish is packed with cheese, thyme, parsley, and the flavors of fall without the heaviness of starchy pasta. It’s ravioli you can truly feel great about eating.
3. Throw them in a smoothie
You don’t have to say goodbye to your fresh smoothies once summer ends. In fact, beets make excellent additions to smoothies, and you’ll score tons of added vitamins and minerals. This beet, berry, apple, and chia smoothie from The Roasted Root. Not only is this smoothie delicious and nutritious, but it’s perfect for the changing weather. Before you add your beets to the smoothie, make sure to either roast them or steam them, so they’re soft enough to blend evenly into the drink. Then, blend, sip, and enjoy.
4. Glaze them
While the natural sugars in beets come out when cooked, glazing amplifies the effect even more. This recipe for brown sugar-glazed beets from Eating Well is great as a dish on its own and it also pairs excellently with a hearty meat dish, maybe a glass of red wine on the side. The dark brown sugar adds a sweet molasses flavor while the butter adds richness. You’ll never go back to glazed carrots again once you taste this dish. Just a heads up — you’ll need to steam the beets before glazing.
5. Turn them into a soup
Soups make excellent dinners for those chilly autumn nights. If you’re tired of the same old chicken noodle variations, then try incorporating beets into your soup. It’s super easy to do if you roast the veggies in advance. You can even store your soup in the fridge, so you can have a beautiful meal ready for friends and family any day of the week without a worry.
Martha Stewart’s recipe for roasted garlic and beet soup is one of our favorites. The leeks add an onion note to this dish, and the lemon juice cuts through the sweetness just enough to give you a soup that’s earthy, flavorful, and perfect for fall.
6. Make them into chips
If regular old potato chips are screaming summer picnic to you, then it’s time to try a side for your sandwich that’s slightly different. Like many root vegetables, beets are delicious when turned into chips. And the beauty of making them at home is that you can control the salt content and season them any way you’d like.
This recipe for baked rosemary beet chips from Minimalist Baker is a great way to get that chip crunch during the fall season. Using only beets, oil, rosemary, salt, and pepper, these chips are simple, brilliant in color, and a real crowd-pleaser. You’ll never go back to ordinary chips after trying these.
7. Use them in desserts
For all you dessert lovers, there’s a beet option for you, too. The earthiness of the beets goes perfectly with the subtle sweetness of dark chocolate. Need proof? Try these chocolate beet cupcakes with sour cream ganache frosting from The Kitchn. They’re indulgent, sweet, and so good. Beets have never tasted better.