I am still experimenting with the loads of beets Renata gave me from Green String Farm. After a few days of trying different ways of preparing and eating beets, the verdict is in! My favorite way to eat beets is to boil them and then dip them in spicy hummus. Another way to prepare beets to eat with hummus is to bake them. To do so just wrap a beet in tin foil and put it in the oven at around 400 degrees for 30-45 minutes, or until the beet is soft. I discovered this technique in Terry Walters’ cook book, Clean Food.
Guess who else likes boiled beets and hummus? My niece. Last week I blended together boiled beets, spicy hummus and a little bit of vegan sour cream for her lunch. She ate that over the jarred baby food! Even babies know what is good for them, what a smart little Daisy she is.
With respect to boiled beets, I have been reading a little bit about their nutritional content. Beets provide antioxident, detoxification and anti-inflamitory support according to The George Mateljan Foundation.That being said it is most beneficial to eat beets as close to raw in order to enjoy these benefits. It is suggested that if you are going to eat boiled beets that you do not boil them for longer than 10 minutes.
Also, you can use the beet water to dye Easter eggs! Whoa.