Beets in Our Cuisine is a Love Story of a Kind!
What can I say? We love them, and they love us back…with their healthy nutrients, and their delicious recipes.
We call them Shmandar.
A vegetable root of our soil, it abounds in our fields… and caresses our skin with its extraordinary dark ruby color that shines with pleasure when cooked.
Back in time, when lipsticks were not as available, cooked beets would do the job of natural beauty enhancer for many and too many. I even saw it been used still by youngsters during my last trip to Lebanon.
And why not? It’s healthier than a chemically produced lipstick, has no side effect, lasts longer, and it’s free… 🙂
Beets Health Benefits
- Excellent Energy Booster
- Exceptional weight loss food: no fat and very little calories
- Excellent source of folic acid, fiber, magnesium, potassium and several vitamins,
- Natural Antioxidant and Body Detox
- Strong supporter of Heart Health as they act to control LDL and Triglycerides.
- Good source of vitamin C and manganese
- Prevent from various types of Cancer
- and last, but not least, beets have aphrodisiac properties
Rule #1: Roast your beets instead of boiling them to preserve their nutritious values and authentic taste. Boiling them takes away most of their health benefits.
Rule #2: Roast your beets ahead of time, and store them in your fridge in an air-tighten container. This will allow a super quick preparation of any of their salads.
Now, about these delicious, energy-booster, detoxing recipes…
You have various here to enjoy. Once you follow the instructions, in the recipe section below, on How to Roast your Beets, you are set to make these easy recipes in about 15 minutes!
Roasted Beets & Roots with Thyme and Lemon Juice:
More Than A Salad!
Traditional Beets Salad
Beets Tahini Salad
Beets Tahini & Yogurt Salad
Garlic Lemon Beet Starter
Beets Pomegranate Salad with Purslane
How to Best Roast Beets
- 8 Beets washed, and heads and bottoms cut off.
- Olive Oil
- Aluminium or Tin Foil
Preheat your oven to 375F
Sweep each beet with some Pure Olive Oil (not Virgin or Extra Virgin) and wrap it with Aluminium or tin foil.
Place your wrapped beets on the oven rack to roast for about 45 minutes to 1 hour depending on the efficacy of your oven.
Remove from oven and leave them to cool down at room temperature for 10 minutes.
Skin them off, by hand and with the help of a fork if needed.
Your beets are now ready for any Salad recipe or to be eaten as is.