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Roasted Beets with Wilted Greens

You don’t see many recipes out there for beets, which is kind of sad.  Beets are good for you and when properly cooked, they taste great, too.

I never really ate beets growing up, although when I became an adult I found that I liked pickled beets in salads.  Other than that, I’d only had them canned and I’d never eaten the greens – too bad, because they’re fairly high in fiber, are a good source of vitamins A and C, help your body absorb calcium (important when you’re staring menopause and osteoporosis in the face) and, like I said, are really good when prepared well.

Beloved loves beets, so I picked some up at the grocery store this weekend; since they’re a winter root vegetable they’re fairly inexpensive this time of year.  I got a bundle of three organically grown beets with their greens for $3 – $1 apiece.  Cooked together in this recipe, that’s 6 servings (as a side dish) at 50 cents each.  Economical and very, very tasty.

It’s also really easy – and pretty, too.

If you like beets, you’ll love this recipe.  If you don’t like beets, give it a try – it may just change your mind.

Roasted Beets with Wilted Greens

serves 6

3 large beets with greens

1/4 cup olive oil, divided

2 cloves garlic, minced

1/4 cup onion, minced

1 teaspoon apple cider vinegar

salt and pepper, to taste

Preheat the oven to 400° F. Wash the beets thoroughly, leaving the skins on, and remove the greens. Rinse greens, removing the large stems and tearing them away from any thick center veins, and set aside. Without peeling them, place the beets in a small baking dish or roasting pan, and toss with 2 tablespoons of the olive oil; it is easier to peel the beets once they have been roasted.

Cover, and bake for 30 to 45 minutes, or until a knife can slide easily through the largest beet.  Set the beets aside until just cool enough to handle; rub the skins off under running water then slice about 1/4″ to 1/2″ thick.  Cut the slices in half.

Once the beets are sliced and halved, heat the remaining 2 tablespoons olive oil in a skillet over medium-low heat. Add the onion and cook until it begins to soften; add the garlic and cook for another minute. Tear the beet greens into 2 to 3 inch pieces, and add them to the skillet. Cook and stir until greens are wilted and tender. Season with salt and pepper; add the vinegar. Stir the beets into the greens; heat through.  Serve immediately.


Erin says:

hhhmmm. I wish I could be a proper vegetarian and say I’d love to try this. Because it looks sorta good. Maybe.
The photography is awesome – I have no doubt that you’ll have a cookbook. 🙂
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Mo says:

So did Santa leave Beloved beets in his stocking this Christmas?

Lori says:

I cannot wait to try this recipe. I love beets but never think of making them. I think my little one’s might enjoy them. Great pictures + another great recipe= a cookbook in your future? 🙂 XX
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Jane Gaston says:

You had to say the two words that make me barf Jan…and so early in the morning, before I’ve even finished my first cuppa!

Having said that, your photos are awesome but forgive me dear heart, if I don’t try this recipe!
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Jane Gaston says:

How odd that your blog is not showing my post of today… someone else on here said Blogger is acting up today. Bah, humbug!
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You actually make beets look (and sound) good! I might have to try them. I’ve had pickled beets before, and they’ve always seemed ‘meh’ to me, so I’ve always eaten around them. But these just might sway me to actually like them! 😉
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LPC says:

How did you know? I just bought beets yesterday and was thinking I did not want to waste the greens…
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Michele says:

I love beets so I’ll be giving these a try.
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Those photos are gorgeous!

I love beets. And they are another one of those foods I get all to myself because My Husband, the Man Who Eats TRIPE, won’t touch them.
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Jenni says:

this looks amazing. I love beets!
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Very very pretty, but I’m still not sure about them.. Maybe a cash incentive?
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I like the photo of the beets best. OK, yes I’m weird. I’m looking at the photos more than reading the recipe. It has something to do w/the state of my stomach today …
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Ginger says:

I have never had a fresh beet. My mother used to buy the canned ones, and soak them in vinegar in the refrigerator. That is the only way I’ve ever had them. I’m not sure I’d know a fresh beet if it was staring me in the face.

Funny story, though. When I was four, my mother worked and I stayed with one of her stay-at-home friends during the day. One day I announced to this lady that we had had “fights” for supper the night before. The lady was calling the gossip chain, letting everyone know that my mom and dad were fighting. Until my mom came to pick me up and I repeated the story baout having fights for supper.

Of course, you’ve probably guessed it was beets, not fights!
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Mama Badger says:

Mmmm, beets. I have to try this one this week! I get them summer and put them into my cole slaw. If you slice them into matchsticks (a little bigger than the carrots) they’re delish. And they turn your slaw a lovely shade of magenta!
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Gretchen says:

I have always LOVED beets. And beet greens. And strangely, I don’t think I’ve ever eaten them together! Brilliant.
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Be says:


Love love love beets. I did a salad at easter with roasted beets, orange segment quarters, red onion and cider vinegar….OMG. I cry at the memory of it, was soooo good!!!!
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A Free Man says:

Australians love their beets, they put them on everything from burgers to pizza. Personally? Not to my taste, but the beet greens look tempting.
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