LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) - Dietitian Anna Busenberg with Franciscan St. Elizabeth Health said this summer she wants to try to encourage people to head over to the farmers market and pick up some delicious fresh produce.
"There are lots of good vegetables that come into season in the month of June. One vegetable that is uncommonly prepared by lots of people are beets," she said. "They are a beautiful deep purple color, but most people don't know how to prepare them. Beets contain high levels of Folate and Vitamin C."
Here are two recipes for beets:
1. Roasted Beets with Feta
Peel four medium beets and cut into ½-inch pieces. Toss with 1 tablespoon (tbsp.) olive oil, 1 teaspoon (tsp.) salt and pepper to taste on a baking sheet.
Roast at 450 degrees Fahrenheit and stir once or twice until tender 35 minutes. Transfer to a bowl.
Toss with four chopped scallions and 2 teaspoons lemon juice. Top with crumbled feta.
2. Beet and Tomato Salad
Preheat oven to 425 degrees.
Place two medium beets (scrubbed, 1 lb. total) on a large piece of foil on a baking sheet.
Top with 2 tsp. oil and season with salt and pepper.
Fold foil around beets and crimp ends to form a packet. Roast beets on sheet until tender when pierced with a knife, 45 minutes to one hour.
Remove beets from foil and let cool, then peel and cut into ¼-inch thick slices.
In a small bowl, whisk together remaining three tsp. oil, one small shallot, and red wine vinegar (two tsp.). Season with salt and pepper.
On a large platter, arrange beets and tomatoes (three medium) and season with salt and pepper. Drizzle with dressing and sprinkle with fresh oregano leaves (one tbsp).
So when you are out at the farmers' market, Busenburg said you shouldn't be afraid to pick up a bunch of beets and try out a couple of these recipes because you might just surprise yourself at how much you like these purple vegetable and how easy it is to prepare.
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