Fresh beets are a nutritious root vegetable. Beets are high in iron, folic acid, antioxidants, calcium, vitamins and contain digestible carbohydrates and proteins. Beets are quite flavorful, especially when roasted. Roasting fresh beets brings out the natural flavors and sweetness of the beet. When purchasing beets, choose the reddest and firmest medium-sized beets you can find. You can roast the beets with just a bit of salt and pepper or add your favorite seasonings.
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Purchase beets at your local grocer or produce stand. Select beets that are round and firm to the touch. Choose beets that are medium in size, have smooth skins and are red in color.
Preheat the oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit. If a more crisp texture is desired, increase the temperature to 425 degrees Fahrenheit.
Clean the beets by using a vegetable brush to remove soil. Rinse under cool running water.
Peel the skin off the raw beets. A vegetable peeler will easily remove the skin and leave the flesh of the beet intact. Discard the skin.
Cut the beets into cubes or leave them whole. Place the beets in a mixing bowl and add the olive oil, salt, pepper and garlic (if desired). Mix well.
Place the beets in a foil-lined roasting pan. Tent the beets with aluminum foil and place the roasting pan in the oven.
Roast the beets until fork-tender, approximately 15 to 20 minutes for diced beets and 30 to 40 minutes for whole beets. Remove the beets from the oven and enjoy with your favorite meal.
If you chose to leave the beets whole, slice the beets and refrigerate. Beets can be a healthy addition to salads. Store in a airtight container and refrigerate.
For added flavor, season the beets with your favorite herbs and spices.