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Roasted Balsamic Beets

roasted balsamic beets gluten-free recipe

In my opinion nature’s bounty of beautiful, nutritious vegetables is completely underrated.  And beets are a perfect example of this.  They brighten up any meal with their gorgeous earthy reddish-purple color and are highly nutritious to boot.

We eat beets in my house about once a week (our fave veggies are kale and broccoli, not a day goes by without those brassicas at our table, in fact tonight we’re having both, along with this grilled lemon chicken dish).   So, back to beets.  This root vegetable is thought to have nutrients that contain both antioxidants and anti-inflammatory properties.  The nutrients in beets are also thought to assist in detoxification.  That’s not why we eat beets though, we just like ‘em.  They’re delicious and super easy to prepare!

Roasted Balsamic Beets

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  1. Wash beets, scrubbing well to remove any dirt
  2. Cut beets into 4 to 6 wedges
  3. Place beets in a 9 x 13 inch baking dish
  4. Drizzle vinegar, oil and salt on top of beets
  5. Cook at 375° for one hour (covered), then 15 minutes (uncovered), until almost fork tender
  6. Serve

The variety of beets pictured above are not the norm in color when it comes to beets.  Most beets found in the grocery or health food store, are a nice purplish red through and through.  These just happen to be a variety I picked up (and cooked and photographed) last summer from the Boulder farmer’s market.

In case you prefer eating your beets in dessert form, here’s a link to my Purple Velvet Torte (made of beets and chocolate).  And in case you haven’t had your fill of plain old chocolate, check out my Easy Black and White Cake.

In Ayurveda, beets are said to be healing to the Vata and Kapha doshas.  They are tolerated by Pitta best when cooked.

Here are some more gluten free recipes using beets:
-Beet & Spinach Salad from Gluten Free for Good
-Sauteed Beets from Deliciously Organic
-Orange Glazed Beets CrockPot Recipe from A Year of Slow Cooking


posted on February 21, 2011

  1. AndreAnna (Life as a Plate) @ lifeasaplate.com

    I love beets too! I bet these would be amazing with a little bite of goat cheese!!!

  2. We love beets too – including the baby! Tonight we had beets, and while I thought of using balsamic vinegar, I didn’t. I used a shot of Flax seed oil in with the olive though, to boost the omegas. I also roasted the beets with sweet potato coated with cardamom, coriander, and clove. Hm, can’t say enough good things about beets.

  3. Beets definitely are one of the most underrated vegetables. I never had beets growing up, but have recently discovered its incredible nutrition value. Also, I find it awesome that you included Ayurveda knowledge. I’m just starting to study Ayurveda on my own, and it’s something that truly resonates with my “whole self” approach to health.

  4. Jo

    was not sure if you peeled your beets first? If not do you eat the skin then? thanks they look delicious and would love to try them too!

  5. Pat @ gluten-free-around-the-world.com @ gluten-free-around-the-world.com

    I love, love, love beets. A couple of studies I read about recently have put beets on my must eat more of list

    One study showed beet juice increases stamina and may allow you to exercise longer.

    Another studied showed beet juice increases the blood flow to the brain for older adults. I suspect it wouldn’t hurt younger adults either.

    I love roasted beets and can’t wait to try this recipe with balsamic…Thanks Elana!

  6. Melissa

    Like Jo, I am also wondering if you peel the beets first? I love beets but usually boil them since removing the peels is easier.

  7. Katrina (gluten free gidget) @ glutenfreegidget.blogspot.com

    Why are beets so delicious?! I need to cook them more often!

  8. Shirley @ gfe @ glutenfreeeasily.com

    I just found out that Son loves beets. Now his mama needs to get on board. I love balsamic vinegar, so this recipes seems like just the ticket, Elana–thanks!

    xoxo,
    Shirley

  9. Nancy @ The Sensitive Pantry @ thesensitivepantry.com

    Was not a fan of beets growing up but since joining a CSA, where I get lots and lots of fresh beets during the growing season, I’ve become a big fan. I usually just roast them with a little olive oil. I like the addition of balsamic vinegar and will have to give that a try.

  10. sas

    I hadn’t eaten beets since I was a very young child (and probably force fed them by my mother), but now, at age 34 I am actually excited about eating them. So far, though, I have only used them in smoothies (Ricki from diet, dessert and dogs has a wonderful smoothie recipe with beets). I don’t know that I’m quite ready to step out beyond smoothies, but at least I’m getting ‘em in my smoothies! In fact, my breakfast this morning is Ricki’s wonderful smoothie.

  11. Dani @ Body By Nature @ bodybynature.ca

    I love beets! I actually roasted a bunch this past weekend for the first time and am going to have them in salad for lunch with spinach, goat cheese, walnuts, white beans and sunflower sprouts!

  12. Suzette

    This has always been my favorite way to prepare beets to bring out their natural sweetness but add that tang of the balsamic. Delish! Love the goat cheese idea… I think that would be awesome, especially on a salad. I always cook more than what I need and keep them in the fridge for a healthy, sweet, nutritious snack. As with most of my veggies, I give them a good scrub but always leave the skin on to retain their maximum nutrient value.

  13. Katie

    I’ve really enjoyed your Ayurveda bits thoughout your posts. I haven’t yet sat down with a book to understand exactly how it works, but when I bump into it I’m always fascinated. I very strongly believe that food can and should be viewed almost like a drug. Food, drugs, they are all just chemicals and as such have a powerful affect on our bodies. I always have preferred food over drugs to accomplish something in my body, and I like they idea of an entire medical system based on our bodies reactions to food.

  14. Elizabeth

    Delicious! I’ve always loved beets but had never made them before. Duh! Your recipe inspired me to give it a try… absolutely perfect!

  15. Gluten Free Diva @ glutenfreediva.com

    Beets are amazingly sweet, aren’t they? And they make a great addition to my green smoothie!!

  16. These beets look fantastic Elana. I have yet to try your balsamic chicken (which I hear is divine). If I made these together it would definitely be a balsamic meal!!

  17. kathleen

    thanks for another healthy and simple way to get more beets into my life!

  18. I didn’t grow up liking beets (probably because I’d only tried them canned – blech), but once I tried roasting them, I changed my mind. They caramelize a bit, intensifying their sweetness. And balsamic is a perfect addition – it balances the richness and earthiness of the beets. Now I’m craving beets…darn it!

  19. Jo

    Hi Elana, Still wondering if you peel the beets before roasting or not? thanks! Jo

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