The golden beets are one of the many types of beets that have existed since the 19th century. Also referred to as the yellow beets, the golden beets have recently gained popularity given the shift towards health consciousness.
The golden beets have high nutritional value, categorized as:
- Fiber- 3g
- Vitamin C-11%
- Sodium -100mg
Your body is bound to benefit inherently from these nutrients and minerals.
Some of the main benefits of including the golden beets in your recipe include:
1. Boosts your immune system
2. Increases your energy levels
3. Helps you burn fat and lose weight
4. Balances your blood pressure
5. Improves the health of your skin
6. Reduced risk of diabetes
All these and more are why most households lean towards the golden beets in most of their meals.
Ways you Can Prepare the Golden Beets.
There are several ways you can have your golden beets while retaining their nutritional value and having a tasty meal.
You can :
Let us explore each of these methods.
How to Steam Golden Beets
If you choose to steam your golden beets, you will benefit from preventing nutrients loss and retaining the original smell and flavor. Steaming is a quick fix process that takes minimal time, so this would be the best recipe if you are in a hurry.
To steam the beets, you need to have the following ready in advance:
- Lemon juice/Vinegar
- Salt 1 tsp
- Vegetable brush
- Peanut butter
Cleaning the first step is to have everything clean and ready. So, for the golden beets, use the vegetable brush to remove any earth that could prove hard to extract by hand.
Add very little water, about 3 inches; the goal is to benefit from the vapor to cook our beets. The high pressure and the heat from the boiling water on a high will give us the ready beets.
One of the greatest advantages of the steaming method is that you get to retain all the nutritional value of the beets.
Going by the size, steaming the beets should only take 30 minutes.
Once the time you had set elapses, turn off the heat and allow it to cool. Ensure that the beets are tender and the peels are soft and easy to come off.
Peel the golden beets with your hand or a blunt knife. Cut the beets into your preferred size and shape. You can go with the thin circular pieces or dice them into small cubes.
At this point, it’s time to make the sauce to accompany our steamed golden beets. So, get a mortar and pestle and crush the garlic. In a separate bowl, add the peanut butter, the crushed garlic, and lemon juice. Add a half cup of water. Add a pinch of salt; whisk with pressure till you get a thick sauce.
As you serve, you may add the greens you cut off from the beets earlier. After washing, cutting them, and briefly heating them on your stove, they will greatly add flavor to the steamed beets and sauce. Serve while hot for maximum pleasure.
Roasted Golden Beets Recipe
For those who prefer to have their beets roasted, here is how to do it. The process is for a serving of two.
- Salt 1 tablespoon
- Three medium golden beets
- Cooking oil
- Vegetable scrub
- Sharp knife
- Chopping board
- Foil Paper
1. Wash the whole beets thoroughly with running water, or place them in a large bowl with water. Use the vegetable scrub to remove any stubborn organic dirt.
2. If they still have the greens and the roots, trim them off. You may discard the roots but retain the greens as you may need them later, and they are highly nutritious. Cut the golden beets into halves by placing them on your chopping board. Beets are hardy, so you need to exert enough pressure.
3. Preheat your oven to a high of 415F as the oven heats; dip your golden beets in the oil while placing them on the foil. Add the salt and pepper.
4. Place in the oven and let roast for around 75 minutes. However, the time they take will be determined by their thickness. In our case of medium size, one hour is enough to have them ready.
5. As they are roasting, you could be prepping the greens you cut off earlier. Clean them and cut them to your preferred size. In a saucepan, place the greens, add a bit of olive oil. Add salt to taste. Allow cooking for 5-10 minutes.
Don’t overcook. Do this when the roasting beets are almost done so they don’t get cold, which will prompt you to reheat, thereby overcooking them.
Once the beets are ready, run a knife through to ensure they are ready and serve with your greens.
Boiled Golden Beets Recipe
Boiling is the simplest method to enjoy your golden beets. It takes less time to prepare and cook. For our recipe, we’ll have boiled beets with butter.
- Golden beets
- Lemon juice/Vinegar
- Large cooking pot
- Vegetable scrub
- Chopping board
1. Prepare the beets for boiling by washing them, scrub them to get off the dirt. The beets being a root vegetable, it’s prone to earth dirt getting stuck on them. Trim off the roots and the stem. Retain the greens for future meals.
2. Cut the beets into your preferred size. In the meantime, let your water be boiling on the side. Place the beets in the water once you are done. Ensure you cover the beets fully with water.
Once the beets have boiled, reduce the heat and allow to simmer for a while.
3. Once ready, drain the hot water and run the beets in cold water to prevent further cooking and allow the skin to peel off easily.
4. Run the beets with butter and a pinch of salt to taste.
Your beets are now ready, and you can have them with your favorite greens, including those you cut off from the beets.
This highly nutritious meal is especially nutritious for your young kids or the elderly in your home. Some people will even have the beets for breakfast to stay energized throughout the day.