This recipe will win hearts and minds while enhancing your health!
Sweets and Beets
For the past year, I've been keeping this dish a secret. It has become my favorite food, kicking sweet potato fries out of the previously held spot. It's so delicious that I'll find myself standing at the kitchen counter picking out pieces and eating them cold while I'm warming up a serving! I promised that every recipe I share with you has been put to the test and meets my rigorous standards of excellence for deliciousness, ease of preparation and crowd appeal. This one is is a clear winner! We served Sweets and Beets at both Thanksgiving and Christmas, and the requests are flooding in! So it's high time I share this marvel with all of you. There's No Beating Beets! Now I know beets can have a bad reputation: they stain, they're hard to cook, they taste like dirt. But it doesn't have to be that way! Let me share my insider tips for cooking beets:
You don't need to peel them! That's right - save yourself the time, effort and mess by leaving the skin on the beets. You just need to remove the greens (save for later use!), skinny root and the top where the shoots come out.
Beets aren't done until they're caramelized. Most people stop cooking way too early. For best results, beets need to be cooked well past the time when you can stick a fork in them. Let your taste buds lead you. If they still taste like dirt, cook them longer. They might even start to blacken - that's the sugars caramelizing. Yahoo!
Rinse immediately to prevent stains. Since we're not peeling, the only things that will be colored pink are your hands and cutting board. If you rinse them thoroughly immediately after preparing the beets, you should be in the clear. I'll be honest, I love my sweets and beets so much that I'll gladly sport stained fingers just so I can indulge in the wonderfulness of it all. :)
Beets also have incredible health benefits. To learn all about them, check out this article at Gallbladder Attack.
Sweet Potatoes - Nature's Candy
When it comes to sweet potatoes, #1 and 2 apply. There is no need to peel them and when cooked properly, they taste like candy. I think back on all the holiday dinners where canned yams were served and the only way to make them tolerable was to add marshmallows and brown sugar. If only we'd known how amazing and easy it was to prepare fresh sweet potatoes! They hold their own WITHOUT needing to add sugar.
A Winning Combination
I dare you to try the recipe! I know you'll love it! It's easy to make and will impress your loved ones. I've learned that I prefer my beets and sweet potatoes to be different colors so I can distinguish what's what. Both come in orange and purple/red so feel free to mix and match. You can also add carrots into the mix for more veggies. Lately, I've been mixing my sweets and beets (and carrots) with a serving of quinoa for a 1 bowl meal. If you have questions or feedback, I'd love to hear from you!