With their deep crimson hue, beets are a unique source of betalains, a phytonutrient that has antioxidant and anti-inflammatory benefits as well as providing natural detoxification for the body. This hearty root vegetable is high in Vitamin C and potassium  and is thought to combat certain types of cancer as well as improve cardiovascular health.  Beets have also been shown to be an anti-aging food and help support overall well-being. Now that we know how highly nutritious this root vegetable is, let’s talk about cooking with beets.

Beets belong to the chenopod family which also includes quinoa, chard and spinach. This nutritious group of foods including beets should be included in your diet at least 2 times a week. Unfortunately, the health benefits of beets are quickly lost the longer they are cooked. To preserve the nutritional benefits be sure to only steam beets up to 15 minutes and roast for no more than an hour.

The rise in the popularity of this delicious vegetable means you’ll more often find them served at your local restaurant typically in interesting dishes. If you enjoying cooking at home, you’re in luck as recipes prominently featuring beets are readily available online. Here are a few of our favorite recipes.

For a decadent tasting but healthy lunch try this easy to prepare beet, goat cheese and arugula salad. You’re sure to please your lunch guests with this delicious treat.

Fall is a great time for root vegetables which makes this roasted root vegetable medley by Wolfgang Puck a perfect addition to your dinner table. Imagine carrots, fingerling potatoes, parsnips, onions and beets seasoned with garlic and fresh rosemary. Your kitchen will warm up with the delicious aroma of fall.

Another way to take advantage of fall’s bounty is this lovely apple and beet salad. This fresh and crunchy recipe is as delicious as it easy to make.

Enjoy cooking with beets this fall!