I’ve always been a fan of the beet. I love their sugary sweet flavour after they’ve been roasted in the oven and I love how they turn everything on your plate a deep shade of pink. I’ve turned a simple ho-hum hummous into an electric shade of fuchsia just by pureeing a small roasted beet into the chickpea-tahini mix. Even my colourful lunch (leftovers from last night’s meal) turned into a veritable rainbow with the addition of a few baby beets.
For the longest time, I used only the beets but had no idea what to do with the leaves…so into the compost bucket they went. However, emboldened by an article about eating what I was throwing away, I steamed them up and served them with a bit of butter. Amazing! Tangier and bolder than spinach, they were much more “meatier” than I expected and a hundred times more delicious. Similar in taste to kale, I quickly became a beet green convert and tried to get others into the fold. However, when it comes to beets and their greens, there aren’t very many willing converts. When I’d wax poetically about the red root, people wouldn’t hear it. Instead, they’d tell me all kinds of horror stories about how their mothers would force feed them beets until all their bodily fluids would turn red from the trauma. Hmph! Sometimes you just don’t know what you’re missing.
sauteed beet greens with lime and garlic
1 bunch of beet greens & stems, rinsed and torn into bite-sized pieces
1 T olive oil
3 cloves garlic, minced
juice of half a lime
1. Heat olive oil and garlic in a large pan. When garlic becomes fragrant, add in the beet greens. They might splatter a bit, but it will all simmer down shortly. Turn down the heat and squeeze some lime juice into the mix and let the leaves and stem wilt for a few minutes until tender.