These new Healthy Kitchen Hacks will have you looking at beets with all new affection; raw beets taste less earthy so try raw shredded beets in 3 new ways!
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3 NEW WAYS TO LOVE BEETS
Lately, we’ve had a bit of an unofficial #BeetLove fest going on here at Teaspoon of Spice. Last week on Facebook, we asked:
Are you a beet lover?
Or a beet hater?
We gotta admit, we were pleasantly surprised by how many, MANY of you are beet lovers!
I did a Facebook LIVE on ‘5 Healthy Kitchen Hacks to Make Beets Better’. And lots more beet lovers chimed in – but a few beet haters agreed to at try some new Healthy Kitchen Hacks.
Now, true-story: not all my kids are beet lovers. Roasting beets makes them sweeter – but it also tends to make them more ‘earthy’ tasting. So in my house, my kids’ favorite way to eat beets is in the raw shredded beet salad below. Plus here a couple more ways to *love* raw shredded beets:
1. In pasta sauce
Stir raw shredded beets into pasta sauce. Shredded beets take only about 5-10 minutes to cook in simmering pasta sauce. Spoon onto pasta and no one will know – but everyone in the family will love the addition of pink beets to the red spaghetti sauce.
2. Anywhere you would use shredded zucchini
Shredded raw beets and shredded raw zucchini add similar amounts of moisture to baked goods. So shredded beets can be swapped into any zucchini muffin, bread, or cake recipe. I made Deanna’s Chocolate Zucchini Bread using shredded beets instead of shredded zucchini.
Oh. Man. It was amazing.
Start checking your beet baked goods about 5 minutes before the suggested baking time. I found my beet bread was done a bit earlier.
3. Pretty Pink Salad
Hands down, this is my kids’ favorite way to eat beets. This is basically a Waldorf salad, but instead of celery, add raw shredded beets.
It’s sweet, savory, crunchy, and soooo hot pink!
Here’s the recipe for the salad we make a couple times a week if we have a bunch of beets. 3 *New* Ways to LOVE Beets. Hint: They all start with raw shredded beets! #HealthyKitchenHacks @TspCurry Click To TweetPrint
Shredded Beet & Carrot Salad with Pecans and Raisins
Even non-beet lovers (including kids!) will love this sweet, crunchy and pretty pink salad. It’s packed with shredded raw beets, pecans, raisins, and apples in a tangy Greek yogurt honey dressing.
- 1/3 cup plain Greek yogurt
- 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
- 1 teaspoon sugar or honey
- 1 medium beet, washed, unpeeled, shredded
- 1 medium carrot, washed, unpeeled, shredded
- 1 apple, chopped
- 1/2 cup pecans, roughly chopped
- 1/4 cup raisins
In a small bowl, whisk together the yogurt, lemon juice and sugar.
In a serving bowl, stir together the shredded beet and carrot. Add the apple, pecans, raisins and the yogurt mixture; stir to combine.