Beets

My New Favorite Way to Cook Vegetables

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With root vegetables, the normal method of roasting them uncovered in the oven tends to make them too dry and tough for my liking.  On the other hand, steaming tends to keep them pretty bland and boring. 

My new favorite way to cook root vegetables is to bake them in the oven in a covered dish. 

Covering the baking dish while cooking the vegetables keeps the moisture in, allowing them to steam, while at the same time developing a golden brown exterior and concentrating the flavor in the vegetables.  This method is simple and hands-off.  Let me know if you try it!

Cut up your vegetables and butter and place them in the dish like so.

Cut up your vegetables and butter and place them in the dish like so.

Baked Root Vegetables

~Beets
~Carrots
~Parsnips
~You could also use turnips or radishes
~ 2 T. butter

Preheat the oven to 350.
Using whatever quantity that your family needs, cut the vegetables into even slices that are 1/4" thick.  Place in a glass baking dish.  Cut the 2 T. of butter into small pieces and place it on top of the vegetables.  Cover the dish with a piece of tinfoil.  Bake for about 45 minutes, until the vegetables are almost fork tender.  Remove the tinfoil so that the liquid accumulating in the bottom of the dish can evaporate.  Stir the vegetables.  Return to the oven for about 15 minutes, or until fork-tender.

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Tender and Delicious Baked Beets

Veggies prepped and ready for the oven

Veggies prepped and ready for the oven

Tender and Delicious Baked Beets

1 lb beets, cut into 1/2 inch cubes
1 purple onion, sliced 1/4 thick
1 whole garlic clove
1 T. butter, cut into small pieces
1/8 tsp salt
1/8 tsp pepper

Preheat oven to 425.
Place vegetables and butter in a baking dish and sprinkle with salt and pepper.  Cover with a lid.  If you don't have a dish with a lid, you can cover the pan with tinfoil. 
Bake for about 45 minutes until the beets are semi-tender.
Remove the lid/cover and stir.  Return to the oven uncovered and bake for about 15 minutes longer to evaporate the juices.
Serve!

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Baked Beet and Turnip Chips

Looking for something new to make with beets and/or turnips?  This simple recipe might be it:

Preheat oven to 400 degrees.

Slice beets and/or turnips into 1/8 inch slices and lay on a baking sheet with parchment paper.

Brush the slices lightly with oil and sprinkle with salt and pepper.

Bake at 400 for about 10 minutes and then flip all the slices over.  Continue baking for about another 10 minutes, until they are brown around the edges and tender in the center.  Keep an eye on them so they don't burn!

Enjoy!

Ready to bake

Ready to bake

Finished!

Finished!