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Beets. Either you love ’em or you hate ’em, right?
Ever since I can remember, I’ve hated beets. I remember being at the babysitter’s and refusing to eat my beets. The other kids got to go outside and play, but I had to sit at the table until I ate them.
I sat there for a long, long, long, time because I refused to eat my beets because…
All I could taste was dirt.
Just once in all my life — 17 years ago — I actually craved beets while in the hospital before having my first baby. I ordered some for lunch and ate them… And I’ve never wanted beets again!
That baby I mentioned? She absolutely LOVES beets. She doesn’t taste dirt at all.
The Gemstones Of The Root Vegetable World
Richly-colored foods are naturally packed with good nutrition and beets are no exception. They’re full of phyto-nutrients, antioxidants, vitamins, minerals, and fiber.
The phyto-nutrients in beets, such as betanin, have been shown to help with inflammation and support detoxification in the body. Betanin is also responsible for the gorgeous, jewel-toned coloring of red beets (source).
Beets contain another key nutrient — betaine — which is made from the B-complex vitamin choline. Choline is important for regulating inflammation in the cardiovascular system. So beets are heart-healthy too! (Source.)
Because of the nutrient-density of this food, I secretly long to love beets.
Yet, so far, every way I’ve tried them has been disappointing… 🙁
Pickled beets… taste like pickled dirt. Canned beets? Taste like canned dirt. And cooked, buttered beets… taste like cooked, buttered dirt.
There just has to be a better way. A vegetable as beautiful as these garnet-colored beets shouldn’t be shunned.
But Roasted Beets…
Something magical happens when you roast beets!
Could roasting turn a beet-hater into a beet-lover?
The overwhelming aroma of earth filling my kitchen as they roasted in the oven left me doubting, but I was so curious. So hopeful.
I sliced off a tiny piece to try.
Tentatively, I took a bite. I waited for the overwhelming and (thankfully) non-gritty flavor of dirt to wash over my taste buds.
Instead of dirt, there was tender, almost silky, sweet, beetiness. It was earthy, but not dirt-y. There is a difference! Roasting beets enhances their natural sweetness!
Roasted Garlic Beet Dip
We whipped up this Roasted Garlic Beet Dip, and suddenly, I was converted.
Making Roasted Garlic Beet Dip is easy, but it does require you to plan ahead a bit. And, don’t wear anything white or anything you don’t want stained!
A surprising addition made this dip even more amazing… WFN curry powder!
My beet-loving daughter and I agree that curry powder enhances the flavor of the beets even more. Adding a lot of curry seemed to impart an almost floral note to the dip — a delightful surprise!
Serve this gorgeous, nutritious Roasted Garlic Beet Dip with fresh, colorful crudites, pita bread, or your favorite dippers.
If you think you hate beets, I challenge you to try roasting them and making this dip! It just might work its magic on you, too.