Beets

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Ingredients:

  •  1 bunch of fresh beets

Directions:

Step 1: Wash then peel the beets (be sure to cut off the tops.) and then cut the beets into small chunks
Step 2: Place chunks into a steamer pan with just enough water visible through the steamer basket. You may also boil them in a scant amount of water if you prefer.
Step 3: Steam until tender
Step 4: Do not reserve any left over water to use for thinning out the beets as Nitrates may seep into the cooking water
Step 5: Place into your choice of appliance for pureeing and begin pureeing. We find a food processor works best to make a really nice textured beet puree.
Step 6: Add water as necessary to achieve a smooth, thin consistency.

Purple Potatoes

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup of cooked mashed beets
  • 2 cups of mashed potatoes

Directions:

Step 1: Mix beets and potatoes together and serve.
Step 2: Add a 1/2 cup soft cooked diced carrots for extra eye appeal.

Purple Rice Casserole

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups of cooked sliced beets
  • 3 cups cooked brown rice
  • 1 small diced onion – sauteed
  • 1 cup cooked shredded chicken or turkey
  • 1/2 cup chicken broth
  • 3 egg yolks
  • splash of milk or 1/4 cup of whole milk yogurt
  • spices as desired

Directions:

Step 1: Combine the beets, rice, onion, and chicken or turkey in a bowl and stir to mix well.
Step 2: Add the milk (or yogurt) and egg yolks, and stir to mix.
Step 3: Wipe a 2-quart casserole dish with nonstick cooking spray or olive oil, and spread the mixture evenly in a dish.
Step 4: Bake at 350 degrees for 50 minutes to 1 hour, or until a sharp knife inserted in the center of the dish comes out clean. Remove dish from oven and let sit for 5 minutes before serving.

Roasted Beet Shapes

Ingredients:

  • 5 medium sized beets
  • cookie cutters
  • olive oil

Directions:

Step 1: Thoroughly cleanse and then peel the beets. Cut the beets into thin slices.
Step 2: Using small cookie cutters, cut out shapes from the beet slices. You may have to press really hard to do this.
Step 3: Transfer shapes onto a oiled baking sheet and brush the beets lightly with olive oil.
Step 4: Bake at 350 for approx. 10-20 minutes or until the beets are soft and tender. You may wish to cover the baking sheet with a strip of tinfoil.

You may also try to steam the beet shapes. I have never had luck with steaming beet shapes though I do believe that a thicker beet shape might steam well.

Serve as fun finger foods or simply mash and serve.

Mashed Turnip & Beets

Ingredients:

  • 1 very large turnip ( or many small ones)
  • 4 medium Beets ( or as many as you like)
  • spice to taste

Directions:

Step 1: Peel skin off of the turnip then cut turnip into pieces… size doesn’t matter, but the smaller you cut them the faster they will boil.
Step 2:Place the turnip in saucepan with just enough water to cover then boil until fork tender.
Step 3: Clean and peel then cut up the Beets and steam until tender – or steam Turnips and Beets together.

When Turnip & Beets are ready, put both in one bowl or saucepan and mash them together. Or you can mash them separately (food processor can also be used) and then mix them together. Add spices as desired.

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