Quick & Easy Steamed Beets

I was not planning to put the beets recipe up now but since I was asked to I will. Beets are a very healthy vegetable which unfortunately many people don’t eat. You may have tried them canned or fresh, either way they are packed with over a dozen nutrients (the canning process does kill a good amount of phytonutrients though).  The red betalain pigment scares many away, but hey, that’s where all the benefit is! So this recipe is fairly easy, the hardest part is peeling the beets without looking like you just walked out of an art classroom. Other than that, it’s a quick and trouble-free method.

Ingredients:
5-6 medium fresh beets

3 fresh lemons squeezed

2 tablespoons Extra Virgin Olive Oil

1/2 teaspoon Himalayan Pink Salt (this is real salt you should use, full of numerous nutrients!)

1 teaspoon onion powder

1 teaspoon garlic powder

Fresh mint leaves

Iceberg lettuce (for décor, and eating 😉 )

Directions:

STEP 1

Wash and peel the beets and dice them into cubes. Place them in your steamer and if you don’t have one then in a small pot filled with VERY little water (that  you shouldn’t toss out afterwards, since a good majority your vitamins will be in the water). Cover and allow steaming for about 15 minutes.

STEP 2

Mix the lemon juice, extra virgin olive oil, and seasonings together in a small mixing bowl.

STEP 3

Lay out the lettuce on the serving platter. Top with the beets, and then drizzle the dressing. Garnish with fresh lemon and mint leaves.

Awesome top view. I absolutely love fresh mint leaves.

Awesome top view. I absolutely love fresh mint leaves.

Noor's quinoa, beets, and lemon-full barley.

Noor’s quinoa, beets, and lemon-full barley.

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8 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. The Traveluster
    Dec 12, 2012 @ 09:23:16

    I LOVE beets!! I usually bake them with olive oil, but I’m excited about trying them this way. I’ve never steamed them before!

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  2. Jamie Dedes
    Dec 12, 2012 @ 12:21:21

    Yum! Especially with mint – spearmint for me – I love it!
    Thanks for popping by my blog so that I could discover you. 🙂

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  3. Laura Conowitch
    Dec 12, 2012 @ 12:35:50

    Beets are one of my favorite vegetables! I especially love them pickled, but this steamed beet salad sounds delicious!

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  4. Stephen C Monahan
    Dec 12, 2012 @ 12:59:56

    Reblogged this on 365 Days to Ending Heart Disease and commented:
    Great easy recipe for Beets

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  5. Teresa Cleveland Wendel
    Dec 12, 2012 @ 18:03:53

    Aha! You granted my wish for a lesson in beet cooking. Thanks so much! I love beets, but never considered pairing them with mint and lemon.

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  6. lovemorestudio
    Dec 12, 2012 @ 23:28:26

    Another easy way to cook beets is to boil them with the skin on. When you can put a fork in them, drain, and cool. The skin will fall off with minimal effort and since they were uncut, little loss of nutirents and very little mess.

    I’ve also made a variation of this recipe with raw, shredded beets. It’s simply delicious.

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