I don’t mind beets, but they’ve never been my favorite, and up until the other day, I don’t think I’d ever had fresh beets. Let me tell you, friends, I actually enjoyed eating them instead of just tolerating them!
I decided to give these root vegetables another try after trying to decide what was for dinner. I knew that my husband would want steak, and I usually do roasted vegetables with that, but I wanted something a little different, which is how I came across a recipe for roasted beets.
YOU GET TO LEARN STUFF TOO:
Beets are a unique source of phytonutrients called betalains and provide antioxidant and anti-inflammatory nutrients, and can help detox your body by carrying out the bad junk in your digestive system when they, um, exit your body at the end of that system.
Roasted Beets with Feta
4 medium beets, peeled and cut into 1/2 inch pieves
1 Tbls olive oil
1 tsp salt (I use coarse ground kosher for this)
pepper to taste
4 scallions (or green onions), chopped
2 teaspoons lemon juice
1 package crumbled feta
What to do with all that:
Preheat oven to 450 degrees.
Toss the beets with 1 tablespoon olive oil, 1 teaspoon salt, and pepper to taste.
Transfer to a baking sheet or glass baking dish.
Roast in the oven for 35 minutes (or until tender), stirring once or twice
Transfer to a large bowl and toss with the scallions and lemon juice (please, please, PLEASE use fresh lemons to get your juice! It tastes SO much better!)
Top with the crumbled feta (if you want the kids to like it, stir the cheese in with the beets, this will make the crumbles turn hot pink!)
While I’m on the topic of foods I didn’t like or was indifferent about as a kid… Let’s talk about Asparagus.
Gross. I still don’t like it very much. HOWEVER! I have ONE way that I cook it that my husband loves, my daughter loves and I actually enjoy too!
Broiled Bacon-Wrapped Asparagus (hey, I didn’t say it was still healthy…)
1 Bunch of Asparagus
1 tsp pepper
1 package bacon
What to do with all that:
Preheat oven to 425, and turn on broiler
Put the asparagus, olive oil and pepper in a 1 gallon ziploc bag and shake it up (after closing the bag, of course!)
Wrap 3-4 asparagus pieces with 1 piece of bacon and place on a broiling pan (or a cookie sheet with a wire rack nested in it), repeat until you are out of asparagus and store the leftover bacon for breakfast in the morning
Put in the oven for about 20-25 minutes
Transfer to the broiler and cook for about 3 minutes per side to crisp the bacon
The great thing about doing it this way is that the tops of the asparagus get nice a crispy and the rest tastes like peppery bacon with asparagus undertones. SO yummy with a nice medium rare steak! Delicious!