9 Bangin’ Beet Recipes {Locavore Living}

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Beets are a vegetable that I have never been quite fond of. Now, that being said, it is also a vegetable that I, up until a year ago, have not eaten very much either. So clearly, I can’t be too quick to judge. My mom used to make Pickled Beets and Eggs when I was growing up and…I liked the eggs:) This summer I have made it my goal to start to really like beets. Yes, that is right…I challenged myself with the task of actually “liking” beets.

I have to say, at the halfway mark, I have completed my challenge. With weeks in a row of beets in our CSA share, sometimes double, I have found SO many recipes that I have come to love over the last few weeks! Actually, the recipe that sealed the deal was one made at Eckerton at their Gardening Workshop Lunch…Roasted Beet Salad. It is amazing what a correctly done roasted beet will do for you! Oh and a side note about the roasting…DO IT over boiling… the beets retain their color that way:)

I have created a list of recipes that will go along with my challenge to like beets. I mean, really like beets. Some of the recipes I have tried and some are on the list for the next harvest of beets we get!

*Edited – Exciting news! I have added more recipes:)

1. Pickled Beets and Eggs- Here it is…the recipe from my childhood (well, not the exact one, but one exactly like it). I grew up in PA and apparently these are pretty big in PA Dutch areas! Man do they bring back memories! Of course I loved the egg part, especially the color – bright pink! But I can remember how my dad adored my mom’s pickled beets!

2. Beet Jam - I had never even heard of this until my friend Kris told me about it. She has such fond memories of her mother and grandmother making this and enjoying it when she was a kid. I thought I would give it a try. I did and it was a huge fail…not the taste (that part was awesome, the consistency). Don’t worry, I will be trying it again!

3. Beet Pancakes - C and I have been practically obsessed with making these lately. We have even been stocking up on beet puree in the freezer so we will have it to use in the winter months. These pancakes come out a beautiful shade of purplish pink – the most gorgeous (and healthy) way to start your morning! Here is our recipe for these beet pancakes!

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4. Roasted Beet Hummus - We took this bad boy to a 4th of July party. I really liked it and so did many others! I paired it with fennel which I think was the thing that threw people off. If you haven’t tasted fresh fennel before, it tastes a lot like anise. You either love it or hate it! The color of this side dish though was amazing. It was really beautiful for a picnic!

5. Crispy Baked Beet Chips - Much along the same lines as kale chips, sweet potato chips, whatever else chips, you have baked beet chips. These look delicious! I have yet to try them, but can’t wait to play around with spices!

6. Roasted Beet Salad - I have had this twice now, at both the Gardening Workshop I went to as well as a Barn BBQ and Party. As simple as roasting beets with some salt, pepper, and olive oil until softened and tossing in a fresh salad with some chevre, it was delicious!

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7. Beet Burgers - Now, I am a huge fan of vegetarian burgers. I have a to-die-for recipe for Black Bean Burgers, BUT…this recipe for Quarter Pounder Beet Burgers from Seven Spice looks amazing! This one uses brown rice as one of its main ingredients. I can’t wait to see the color of these and taste how the beet works into the recipe!

8. Chocolate Beet Cake - Umm…yes please! Not so much the color this time, but the taste. I have tasted chocolate and beets together and interestingly enough they are a wonderful pair! This cake looks like the perfect way to mix the two together.

9. Glazed Beet Donuts - I don’t need to write anything at all about these. They look and sound amazing! We are making these next!!

Photo Credit: Kat Baro from A Good Appetite

Photo Credit: Kat Baro from A Good Appetite

10. Roasted Beet Biscuits – These look like a great way to add in beets and have a biscuit with a little (okay a lot) flavor! I can’t wait to try these!

 

I am a complete beet convert! What are your favorite ways to eat beets?

Locavore-Living

About Lauryn Blakesley


A woman out to explore, celebrate, and enjoy everything that my community and living locally has to offer. Blessed with three beautiful children and an incredible husband, our family embraces adventure while dreaming of what is to come. Lover of knitting, running (although mostly after little ones right now), the color orange, fun accessories, fall, tea, and a clean kitchen floor. I spend my days in awe of my family and trying to teach my three to treat others as they would want to be treated.

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  1. Thank you for sharing this!! Seriously, i LOVEEEEE beets, but I’ve really only had them in salads with goat cheese and lettuce. I want to try those beet pancakes and donuts! I have to convert my hubby onto this – he is the major cook in the family and he hates beets. Boo hoo :(

  2. I love beets and I love that you are using them in unusual ways like pancakes! I’m going to try it. And that salad looks amazing. So beautiful!
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  3. I’ve long been a beet lover! One of my favorite things:
    Get whole beets with the greens attached, clean and separate the greens from the beets.
    Cut the beets into bite-sized pieces (a little smaller than quartering), and steam them.
    While they’re steaming, boil this spagetti noodles.
    When beets are almost done, add the greens to the steaming beets (so they finish together).
    Toss hot steamed beets and greens with butter and cranberry (or raspberry) mustard to taste, then serve over the spagetti.
    It’s simple, easy to make, and so yummy!

    • This sounds wonderful Chris! I am going to have to try this next. I haven’t experimented much with beet greens, but it is something I need to do as I have heard so many rave about them!

  4. BEET DONUTS!? LOL! This is a great list! My kids love beets just boiled and coated in butter and salt & pepper. I love them best on a beet salad with goat cheese. But you have me thinking of all sorts of new ways to use beets!
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    • I know, right?! They look amazing! That is great that your kids will eat them! I do love them on a salad and have become a snob to roasting them:) Can’t wait to see what you do!

  5. I was so excited to try to get more creative with beets this year and, would you believe, the bunnies ate all of them! Such a bummer, but at least it kept them away from my lettuce.
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  6. I bet the chocolate beet cake is amazing! I remember seeing it somewhere and it looked so rich and moist. Yum!
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  7. Ok I admit, I dont think I have ever eaten beets…I was always scared of it :) But these do look yummy!

  8. Heading out the door to pick up my CSA share as we speak, maybe this week I’ll grab some beets!
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  9. Hi Lauryn,

    Thanks for sharing link of my Beet Burger recipe here. It’s always hit in my house and always keep a stack of petties in my freezer for quick meal. It’s just awesome and easy to prepare :)
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