Yes, beet recipes are healthy but they also make all your food look pretty AF.
Healthy Beet Recipes
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Beets (and therefore beet recipes) are often a forgotten ingredient of the vegetable world—stuck on the lowest shelf at the grocery store or hidden behind potatoes at the farmer’s market. Beets are in-season all summer and into fall and are a great source of folate, potassium, and fiber. You can eat both the root and the greens and they add an earthy, almost sweet flavor to your recipes. Like other hearty root vegetables, there are many ways to cook beets including roasting, steaming, and boiling. Not just a salad topping, these beet recipes span the spectrum from soups to burgers, even dessert (yes, really!).
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This based for this hummus starts is made the traditional way with chickpeas, olive oil, garlic, and lemon. But then it's remixed with roasted beets, rosemary, and sliced almonds. Serve with a pile of pita chips (bonus points if you bake your own)!
Get the recipe: Beet Hummus
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Vegan Pink Beet Pancakes
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When you hear beet recipes, it's understandable if the first thing that comes to mind isn't pancakes, but think of them as natural food coloring in this recipe. Beets give these fluffy pancakes their pink tinge but the agave, almond milk, and fruit on top give them their sweetness.
Get the recipe: Vegan Pink Beet Pancakes
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Roasted Beet Feta Salad
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This amazing salad is upgraded from side dish to star course due to the roasted beets and homemade honey balsamic dressing. Top with feta cheese and walnuts for some healthy fats and protein.
Get the recipe: Roasted Beet Feta Salad
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Beet Raspberry Smoothie
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Balsamic Beet Burgers
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While many meat alternatives are made with soy, this burger is a high-protein blend of beets, black beans, and rolled oats. Beets give the burger it's bleeding color and earthy flavor. (Related: Best Veggie Burgers and Meat Alternatives That Money Can Buy)
Get the recipe: Balsamic Beet Burgers
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Oven Baked Beet Chips
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Chips get a healthier twist when they're baked and made from veggies. The secret to keeping this color is to soak the sliced beets in olive oil for 15 to 20 minutes before cooking.
Get the recipe: Oven Baked Beet Chips
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Coconut Thai Borscht
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Borscht, a soup popular in Europe, is typically made with fermented beets, stock, and sauteed vegetables. This recipe builds on the original with a Thai twist through the addition of ginger, red curry paste, and coconut milk. Serve cold for a refreshing dinner on a hot summer night. (Related: This Healthy Vegan Pad Thai Recipe Is Faster Than Seamless)
Get the recipe: Coconut Thai Borscht
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Red Velvet Beet Brownies
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We're going to let you in on a secret: The only difference between red velvet and chocolate cupcakes is an entire bottle of red food coloring. With that said, there is something special about red velvet, and this recipe swaps the artificial dye for beets. Three types of chips (chocolate, sea salt caramel, and white chocolate) crown these the best red velvet cupcakes ever.
Get the recipe: Red Velvet Beet Brownies
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Roasted Cabbage Steaks with Garlicky Beet Sauce
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Roasted cabbage "steaks" are impressive as is but you'll rack up all the Insta likes when you drizzle them with this ruby red beet sauce made with crème Fraiche, beets, garlic, and lemon juice. (Related: 5 Ways to Make Vegetable Steaks)
Get the recipe: Roasted Cabbage Steaks with Garlicky Beet Sauce
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