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Vegucation: Golden Beets

About Golden Beetsgolden beets

People have known about the health benefits of beets since Ancient Rome. There are even historic texts describing them in hanging gardens in Babylon. Beets are actually the second largest source of natural sugar next to cane sugar, so it’s no wonder they have been around so long. Beets come in many varieties like red, white, golden, and striped, but golden beets have the sweetest and mildest flavor. They are much less earthy-tasting than your common red beet. 

Why are they beneficial?

Golden beets are full of nutrients like vitamins C and A, iron, potassium, and antioxidants. All of these nutrients work to keep your heart healthy, cleanse your kidneys and liver, lower blood pressure, and promote healthy skin and eyes. Beets are especially good for athletes because they give you natural energy and improve endurance. Eating beets or drinking beet juice before a big event can improve your athletic performance. 

When are they in season?

Peak seasons for golden beets in Tennessee are usually spring and fall. They may come earlier or later depending on the weather. 

 How long will they keep?

Separate the beet root from the beet greens. Store them in separate bags in the refrigerator. The greens are edible, but they will only last a few days in the refrigerator. The beet roots will keep for around two weeks. You’ll know they’re still fresh if the root is firm. 

 

beets close upHow do I prepare them?

You’ll need to clean the beets before you cook with them. Peel any parts that look too tough to eat, but keep as much of the skin on as possible to preserve the nutrients. Peel your beets completely if they are not organic to avoid ingesting any pesticides. With golden beets, you don’t have to worry about the juice staining countertops or clothes. 

You can eat golden beets in a variety of different ways:

  • Roast them in the oven alone or with other hearty vegetables like carrots or sweet potatoes. Just coat in olive oil and seasoning of your choice. 
  • Make homemade pickled beets. This is a good idea if you have a large quantity and won’t be able to eat them all before they go bad.
  • Juice them! The flavor of golden beets goes well with citrus and ginger. 

Although the flavor of beets might not appeal to you at first, try them prepared different ways to find the way you like them. Then reap the benefits!

 

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Meal Plan 3/8/17

The meal plan for your Weekly Fig box this week can be found here.

Sweet Potato, Kale, and Shrimp Skillet

This dish is an easy one-pan dinner. All you need is a cast iron pan and a few simple ingredients. Sweet potatoes are a healthy carb that have plenty of vitamin A and some B vitamins. You also get your daily dose of vitamin K and fiber from the kale. Shrimp offers many benefits other than just protein as well. It’s a good source for those omega-3 fatty acids that help all of these nutrients get absorbed and used by your body. 

 

Roasted Golden Beet, Carrot, and Chickpea Salad

This meal is on the lighter side. It makes two servings as whole meals or 4 servings as side dishes. Golden beets usually have a milder flavor than red beets. They have important minerals like iron and potassium, as well as vitamins C and A. There is often an abundance of antioxidants in yellow or orange colored foods. Beets are also very beneficial for athletes that are trying to improve their endurance. 

Lemon Chicken Spaghetti Squash

While it may take some time to cook a spaghetti squash, I promise it’s worth the wait and better for you than reaching for the box of pasta. This squash is roasted in the oven until soft then shredded to resemble pasta. Spaghetti squash has vitamins A and C, like most yellow colored vegetables. It also has plenty of dietary fiber to keep you full. The squash is topped with chicken in a tomato spinach sauce.

Garlic, Lemon, and Parmesan Roasted Brussels Sprouts

If you have never had roasted brussels sprouts before, I encourage you to try this recipe. The brussels sprouts are cooked in the oven until crispy and covered with herbs and parmesan. Brussels sprouts actually have some protein, as well as vitamin C and folate. Roasted veggies make perfect side dishes, and these brussels sprouts are no exception. 

Enjoy your Fig box this week!

 

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