Autumn is the season for cooking up the best beets recipe ever! Their deep crimson color adds just the right element of drama to your meal plus they’re high fiber and loaded with nutrients like folate, potassium and manganese. The latest beets buzz is all about nitrates and their effect on circulation and blood pressure. A recent study by the American Physiological Society (APS) found that a pre-gym beet juice drink can make workouts more effective: “The scientists report that healthy male subjects who drank beet juice for 15 days had lower blood pressure and more dilated blood vessels at rest and during exercise.”
So get ready to start cooking beets for the whole family by working your way down from the first beets recipe on this list to the last at number 15!
1. Beet & Goat Cheese Arugula Salad
Baked beets are the star of this hearty fall salad from Giada De Laurentiis. Cranberries, walnuts, avocado, arugula and fresh goat cheese come together in a taste and texture extravaganza.
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2. Beet Crust Breakfast Pizza with Eggs & Bacon
This beets recipe beats them all and kids will love it! The ruby red crust is simple to make with pureed boiled beats, almond meal and rice flour. Topped with baked sunny side up eggs, crispy bacon and creamy avocado.
3. Deep Fried Beets with Horseradish Dip
Deep fried baby beets with fiery horseradish are a must hors d’oeuvre for your next party.
4. Penne Pasta in a Roasted Beet Sauce
This gorgeous vivid red and green dish is absolutely made for the holidays. Roasted, pureed beets make a rich garlicky sauce. Garnish with fresh mint leaves and poppy seeds for a pop of color and a bit of crunch.
5. Roasted Beet, Brown Rice & Chickpea Burgers
Beets’ meaty texture makes them ideal for veggie burgers. Now mix them with chickpeas and brown rice, then top with crispy kale and thyme tahini sauce for a super nutritious meal.
6. Beet, Mozzarella & Tomato Salad
Here’s another red, green and white holiday starter. This picturesque stack is a take on a Caprese salad that swaps sliced roasted beets for tomatoes.
7. Roasted Beet Borscht
This classic Russian soup can be served hot or cold. It’s garnished with grated apple, dill and sour cream for a sweet, savory taste of fall.
8. Roasted Root Vegetable & Chicken Tacos with Chili Mayo
The perfect light dinner or lunch, these dressed up chicken tacos are made with diced carrots and beets then topped with feta and avocado.
9. Slow Cooker Beets with Creamy Goat Cheese Sauce
Just wrap them in foil and pop them in the slow cooker for a buttery soft bite.
10. Egyptian Beetroot Dip
Between the exotic spices and the rich red color, this dip is guaranteed to wow your guests with its Middle Eastern flair.
11. Beet Ravioli Stuffed with Ricotta, Goat Cheese & Mint
We can always count on Martha Stewart for a beautiful plate of tasty food and this ravioli using homemade beet pasta dough doesn’t disappoint.
12. Sweet Potato & Beet Chips with Rosemary Garlic Salt
These pretty chips are fried in oil so they’re definitely not low fat. But it’s the holidays! And the nutritional value makes up for a few extra calories.
13. Beet & Berry Smoothie
Take advantage of pure beet power and make this antioxidant packed smoothie your go-to pre-workout drink.
14. Fudgy Chocolate Beet Cake with Chocolate Avocado Frosting
Yes, you can have beets for dessert too. This may be the healthiest chocolate indulgence in existence.
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