Beets make an amazing and healthy side dish for any meal. They are full of phytonutrients and vitamins, some of which may even help fight off cancer! From lowering blood pressure to giving you your daily dose of fiber these guys pack a punch in your daily intake of healthy foods. There are many different ways to enjoy them, you can pickle them, steam them, juice them, eat them raw and even make an amazing soup from them called Barszcz. I will post my moms recipe on here for this soup once I have been able to master making it. While the origins of the soup are Ukranian and many eastern and central European countries have their own take on the soup, each family has a recipe handed down from mother to daughter and is very popular around holidays.
Alright back to the beets themselves. I found an awesome article about some of the benefits of beets here. Have a read through and see why adding these guys into your diet is worth it.
For the side dish pictured above, I chose to steam the beets with a water and vinegar mixture. You can cook them for less or even more time if you choose, but remember the longer you cook them, the more nutrients you lose so try not to over do it. This is such a simple dish that will go with just about anything. Best of all it won’t take you long to make for all the busy people out there trying to eat healthy.
- 6 Medium Red Beets
- 4 Medium Golden Beets
- 2 Tbsp White Vinegar
- 4 Tbsp Red Wine Vinegar
- 8 Cups Water
- 2 Tbsp Olive Oil
- Peel your beets and cut them into wedges. **Use gloves otherwise you will be walking around with bright red hands for awhile**
- Fill a large deep pan with the water, oil and vinegars then place your beets in.
- Cover then cook on high for 20 minutes or until most of the water steams out.
I served mine drizzled with a Balsamic Vinegar Reduction.
8 Tbsp Balsamic Vinegar and 2 Tbsp Water. Slowly reduced in a pan on medium heat.