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Sauteed Beets and Other Happenings

by Spicie Foodie on January 11, 2013

Fresh Beets Sauteed with Garlic, Onion and Beet Greens Recipe by Spicie Foodie

My husband grew up eating beets, in fact they were always on his family’s dinner table. I on the other hand only saw them in the stores or heard of the Mexican Christmas beet salad. Quiet frankly I can’t think of one single childhood memory where beets were eaten at my parent’s home. But don’t quote me on that because I may be wrong.

Right now all I can remember is being introduced to them by my husband. Beets were one of those foods where upon the first bite I immediately feel in love. The color is gorgeous and the earthy tender taste is amazing. They are great pickled, boiled, sauteed, roasted and juiced. The greens are edible and just as delicious. If you make my recipe you’ll see just how good they are. This recipe is very simple and one you can make any time of the year. Let’s get cooking!

Fresh Beets Sauteed with Garlic, Onion and Beet Greens Recipe by Spicie Foodie

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Sauteed Beets
 
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Fresh Beets are boiled, peeled then sauted with garlic, onion and beet greens. Enjoy as a side dish or light vegan meal with a grain on the side.
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Recipe type: Vegetarian, Vegan, Side Dish
Cuisine: International, Vegan, Vegetarian
Ingredients
  • 3 medium fresh raw beets
  • beet greens (no stems) from raw beets* (can substitute with baby spinach)
  • 4 garlic cloves thinly sliced
  • 1 small onion finely chopped
  • salt to taste
  • ground black pepper to taste
  • olive oil
Instructions
  1. Thoroughly clean the beets and cut off attached greens. Place beets in a pot of salted boiling water. Boil until fork tender and skin can be rubbed off easily. (Time depends on size.) Drain allow to cool and peel completely. Cut into even sized pieces.
  2. Once beets have been boiled heat a little bit of olive oil. Saute onion until soft and translucent, next add garlic and cook for 2 more minutes. Add the peeled and cut beet pieces, salt and taste, and saute for about 8 minutes. Next add the thoroughly cleaned beet greens into the pan. Cook until the greens have wilted.
Notes
*It is very important the the beet greens be fresh, crisp and un-bruised. Organic beets with beet greens attached are the best option, if possible. Rinse thoroughly and cut away any bruised parts. Discard the stems.

Fresh Beets Sauteed with Garlic, Onion and Beet Greens Recipe by Spicie Foodie

The beets are a great side dish to most meat dishes. Alternatively it can be served with your favorite grain as a light meal. My favorite way to eat it is with a side of grilled chicken and cold leftovers the next day are even better. Enjoy!

Fresh Beets Sauteed with Garlic, Onion and Beet Greens Recipe by Spicie Foodie

 

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{ 29 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Rosa January 11, 2013 at 11:10 AM

I love beets and beet greens! This dish looks so scrumptious. I cook this vegetable at least once a week and never get tired of it as it is so versatile.

Cheers,

Rosa

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2 Spicie Foodie January 11, 2013 at 2:23 PM

Glad to hear it Rosa and they really are good. That’s great! I’ll have to stop by your blog for more beet recipes. Thanks!

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3 Trix January 11, 2013 at 2:04 PM

I love beets as well – as a kid I thought they only came in jars and hated them, lol. But now I know better. You have really captured their luscious color here! xoxo

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4 Spicie Foodie January 11, 2013 at 2:24 PM

Ah that’s funny because it was the jar ones I first tasted and fell in love with. Thanks Trixie! xoxo

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5 Erica {Coffee & Quinoa} January 11, 2013 at 3:43 PM

Love your pictures, as always. Beets are definitely one of the most beautiful foods! I like adding them to hummus or couscous to turn everything shocking pink :)

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6 Spicie Foodie January 12, 2013 at 4:55 PM

Thank you Erica! I need to try them on hummus and couscous -thanks for the tip:)

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7 Victoria of Flavors of the Sun January 11, 2013 at 6:42 PM

What a lovely, simple recipe, beautifully photographed, as always. You inspire me to be better!

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8 Spicie Foodie January 12, 2013 at 4:55 PM

Thank you Victoria;)

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9 claudia@Whats Cookin ITalian Cuisine January 11, 2013 at 9:03 PM

Even if I werent a beet lovers these photos would make me one! LOVELY!

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10 Spicie Foodie January 12, 2013 at 4:55 PM

Thanks Claudia!

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11 Laura (Tutti Dolci) January 11, 2013 at 9:52 PM

The color is so beautiful, I love sauteed veggies!

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12 Spicie Foodie January 12, 2013 at 4:55 PM

Thank you Laura and me too!

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13 Eha January 12, 2013 at 3:44 AM

Well, in N Europe kids grow up on beets! Not that we were that vegetable wise up where they grew but for a short time every year, but beets were always on the menu. Rather like this simple recipe, ’cause have not usually included beet leaves when cooking. Daresay extra flavour and extra goodness; thank you for the tip!

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14 Spicie Foodie January 12, 2013 at 4:57 PM

Hi Eha,
I’m happy that they are always available here and in so many varieties. Yes the leaves add extra goodness -give them a try sometime. Thanks:)

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15 yummychunklet January 12, 2013 at 5:29 AM

What gorgeous photos!

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16 Spicie Foodie January 12, 2013 at 4:58 PM

Thank you:)

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17 Ramona January 12, 2013 at 1:20 PM

Wow.. now that’s a beautiful beet dish!

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18 Spicie Foodie January 12, 2013 at 5:00 PM

Thanks Ramona:)

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19 Lubna Karim January 12, 2013 at 7:40 PM

Oh…wow…happy for you…..sauteed beets sounds yum….

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20 Spicie Foodie January 12, 2013 at 9:51 PM

Thanks Lubna!

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21 Suzanne Perazzini January 13, 2013 at 9:44 AM

Beets are very popular around the food blogs at the moment and I wish I liked them because they are so attractive when added to a dish. There’s nothing else that gives quite that beautiful colour.

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22 Spicie Foodie January 13, 2013 at 2:25 PM

They are? Haha I hadn’t noticed :) Too bad you don’t like them Suzanne, but I know many people don’t.

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23 Holly January 13, 2013 at 7:55 PM

I hated beets as a child and didn’t learn to like them until about 2 years ago, and now I’m hooked. If I ever find raw beets at the store (something I’ve been searching for for over a year) I’ll give this a try!

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24 Spicie Foodie January 13, 2013 at 9:54 PM

Hi Holly,
That’s great that you now like them. Good luck and I hope you find them.

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25 mjskit January 14, 2013 at 5:34 AM

Wish I liked beets because you sure make them look good! Unfortunately, even though I’ve tried them many ways, I just am not a big fan. My sister is a huge fan, so I’ll pass this recipe to her. She’ll love it!

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26 Spicie Foodie January 16, 2013 at 9:11 PM

That’s too bad MJ but I do hope your sister likes the recipe. Thanks!

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27 Nami | Just One Cookbook January 14, 2013 at 8:40 AM

I love beets and this is a new way to cook them. I never had beets in Japan but so happy I found them and actually enjoy these here in the US!

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28 Spicie Foodie January 16, 2013 at 9:12 PM

Glad to hear it Nami.

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29 Magic of Spice January 27, 2013 at 11:22 PM

Congrats on the book making the top 100 sweetie…so cool! And these beets are delightful!

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