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How to cook gold beets (infographic)

Jan. 20, 2016

Back in the day, beets were a dreaded side – drained from a can in your grandmother's kitchen. Today, they're a culinary highlight – fresh, colorful and a welcome addition to your CSA box. But how do you cook them? Ursula Ridens, a registered dietitian nutritionist and certified intuitive eating counselor at Sharp HealthCare offers three tasty options for preparing the gold variety.

How to cook gold beets (infographic). How to cook gold beets. Why should red beets have all the fun? Go for the gold with this lighter-colored variety that is bursting with benefits beyond adding color to your salad. Gold beets are rich in phytonutrients called betalains. These contain both anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties, which may help promote a strong immune system and reduce heart disease risk. Honestly, beets were never a food that I loved, but I’ve recently grown to really like them, especially in salads, says Ursula Ridens, RD, an outpatient dietitian at Sharp HealthCare. And of course, I love that they boost my health, too. Have you ever considered beets for breakfast? Ridens recommends juiced beets to add color and extra nutrients to your morning juice or smoothie. There are several other ways to enjoy beets. Try these three simple methods for whipping up a tasty, beet-focused meal: As a side: 1. Cut off green tops. 2. Wrap washed beets in foil. 3. Roast in oven at 400°F until tender. 4. Peel off skin. 5. Sprinkle with salt, pepper, olive oil and lemon zest. 6. Serve with chicken or fish. In a salad. 1. Cut off green tops. 2. Roast or steam washed beets – depending on their size, roast for 25 to 60 minutes or steam for 15 to 30 minutes – or try them raw for more crunch. 3. Refrigerate until cold. 4. Slice and serve in salad. 5. Draw out flavor by adding feta and walnuts. 6. As your greens. 1. Cut off green tops. 2. Wash the greens thoroughly. 3. Sauté in olive oil and garlic. 4. Serve with beans, fish, poultry or meat.

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