I used to think that beets tasted like dirt. My opinion has changed, thanks in part to learning how to cook them in the most delicious (and simple) way. When paired with sweet potatoes, beets are like candy.
I am a fan of quick and easy dishes in the kitchen, so this is one of my favorite go-to side dishes. I made these for Easter, and everyone approved - even the kids!
I use organic sweet potatoes (I buy the orange ones, known as yams) and red beets (I don't think the flavor is near as good when using the yellow beets). I always use different amounts and sizes of beets and sweet potatoes, so I adjust the ingredients up or down depending on how many I'm using. I also don't use measuring spoons. Fewer utensils = less time cleaning up the kitchen! It's hard to go wrong with this recipe.
1. Peel sweet potatoes and beets (save the beet greens for juicing, they are excellent!). NOTE: You might want to wear some gloves, as beets do stain hands. I remove beet juice from my butcher block by spritzing Vinegar on and wiping the surface clean with a sponge.
2. Chop into bite size pieces and toss into a bowl. Cut the sweet potato chunks slightly larger than the beets as beets tend to take a little longer to cook - cutting the beets smaller will even out the baking times so you don't have to worry about starting beets before the sweet potatoes (I usually forget to cut my sweet potatoes larger than the beets, go figure).
3. Drizzle Olive Oil onto the beets and sweets - use enough to lightly coat every piece. I used about 1.5 TBSP for the amount prepared.
4. Sprinkle in some Garlic or Onion Powder. I have used both garlic and onion powder. I prefer the onion powder as it produces a sweeter taste in the end, but they are both good, so experiment! I used about 1/2 tsp for the amount prepared as I don't want to have garlic breath when my husband gets home from work!
5. Grind in Salt and Pepper
6. Stir it up and spread the sweets and beets on a rimmed baking pan
7. Bake at 425 for ~30-45 minutes (stirring once). The larger the chunks are, the longer it will take to cook. They are done when the beets can be easily pierced with a fork.
Warning: If you are new to the world of eating beets, you should know.... After consuming beets, you will stare into the toilet in shock - don't be alarmed, pink pooh and pee is to be expected after eating beets. You aren't dying, it's just the beets! Your kids might think it's cool...
Do you like beets? If you don't think you do, I challenge you to make this - give beets a second chance! Also, I'd love to hear the popular vote - what do you prefer, onion or garlic powder on your sweets and beets?
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