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I am a creature of habit, especially when it comes to cooking. I like fresh, minimal, and EASY-- roasting vegetables meets all of these requirements, and I obsessively roasted vegetables all summer, despite the fact that I myself would roast in my little studio, when turning on the oven. I love to meander the farmers market, meticulously choose from arrays of colorful, just-picked vegetables, and stick them in the oven when I get home. Especially beets.

My obsession for roasted beets blossomed at the Good Fork in Red Hook. To this day, it's still the most memorable beet salad I've had, but that may just be because it's the moment when I fell in love with the purple root.

So really, there ain't that much to it, roasting beets. I read from some recipe that all you have to do is: preheat oven to 450 degrees, wash beets, wrap them up in a foil "sack", pop them in the oven, and take them out between 45 minutes - 1 hour. When you can cut straight through them with no trouble, that's when they're ready. The skin should come right off under cold water. TOO EASY!

I toss them in some olive oil, vinegar, pepper and salt, let it sit so it can soak in the vinegar, then add goat cheese and parsley. Mmmm goat cheese... Look at these wild colors!

I used to throw out the long long leaves, silly me, until a man at the farmer's market told me it was his favorite part of the vegetable.

It is a bit bitter, very close to spinach. The kind of thing you eat and you know it's just good FOR you.

This too is super easy. Just wash, chop and saute. I also add garlic and olive oil, salt and pepper. Et voila! Lovely, vitamin packed greens, ready in under 5 minutes.

As Ryohei mentioned in his ex-lax post, beets will definitely clean you out, if you know what I'm sayin. You'll be peeing and shitting purple for days! But that's just half the fun.

Also, Men's Health put beets in the top 10 foods you're not eating. Get on the beet people, you're missing out.

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  • Your post inspired me. I picked up a bunch of beets at the amish market for $1.50 and had myself a feast. Actually I ate the leaves first and that filled me up. Looking forward to getting home to the actual beet & goat cheese. i <3 beets!
    Oh and I almost had a heart attack when i peed purple this morning. that’s no joke.

    ayagwa on

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