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Orange Balsamic Beets

These Orange Balsamic Beets are a lovely vegan dish that will serve a crowd! They are an elegant Whole30 side dish, but they’re extremely low-maintenance and simple!

Orange Balsamic Beets

Remember when I said I used to dislike beets? Yeah, me neither.

Just kidding! I used to hate beets with a passion . . . I said they tasted like dirt. The only way my parents could get me to eat them was by blending them into pancake batter. I still remember those pink pancakes! I’m sharing a recipe for beet-colored crepes in February (to celebrate Valentine’s Day), so get excited! They have coconut whipped cream and raspberries, and they are SO GOOD! And no, they don’t taste like beets. They taste like crepes.

These orange balsamic beets, however? They taste like beets, in a good way! I am here to tell you that beets can taste good, especially when they are cut into small pieces (to expose the maximum amount of surface area), mixed with balsamic and orange flavors, and baked until crispy!

Crispy beets = the only way to eat beets. See these baked beet chips with garlic-lemon chive dip.  <– Those chips were so good, they almost made up for slicing off a quarter of my pinky finger with a mandoline. Almost.

Orange Balsamic Beets

Speaking of beet chips, my mom and I tried to make beet chips last week. Annnnnnd . . . we burned them. All of them. But that’s okay, because we still have about a pound of beets in our fridge! I’m thinking of making a salad from Sprouted Kitchen’s cookbook, Bowl + Spoon, with a beet-walnut puree on the bottom. It looks divine!

So, back to these orange balsamic beets. The rest of my family is kind of ho-hum about them, so I had all of these to myself. You know what I did with them? I ate the whole batch in two days. That’s a pound of beets, people! If that’s not proof of my love for beets, I don’t know what is!

Orange Balsamic Beets

I love this recipe because it’s so versatile and simple. The flavors of orange and balsamic pair perfectly with the beets, and the crispy texture is just perfect! There are no animal products in this recipe, so it’s accidentally vegan (although if you want to add some goat cheese, I won’t tell). In keeping with Healthy January/Whole30, it’s also 100% Paleo and sugar-free! It’s perfect for any and all diets, unless you have an aversion to beets for some crazy reason.

If you do have an aversion to beets, try these. They just might change your mind!

Orange Balsamic Beets

 

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Orange Balsamic Roasted Beets
Orange Balsamic Beets
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 60 minutes
Servings
people
Ingredients
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 60 minutes
Servings
people
Ingredients
Orange Balsamic Beets
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit, and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. Scrub the beets thoroughly. If you like, you may peel them. However, you do not need to for this recipe!
  3. Dice the beets into small cubes (approximately 1 cubic centimeter). Transfer the beets to the baking sheet.
  4. Juice the 1/2 orange directly over the beets. Add the olive oil, salt, and balsamic vinegar. Toss everything together until the beets are evenly coated. Spread the beets out so they lie in an even layer.
  5. Bake the beets in the preheated oven for 60 minutes, or until they are crispy on the edge and soft in the middle.
  6. Serve with orange zest and goat cheese, if desired.

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