If you are unsure of how to cook vegetables, roasting them is a great place to start! Roasting tenderizes them, brings out their natural sugars, and – best of all – is an incredibly simple cooking method.
In this recipe, beets are paired with pure maple syrup for an extra hit of natural sweetness (honey would work here too, in place of the syrup!). Once cooked, the beets can be eaten as is, added to a big green salad, or blended with some stock to make a hearty soup. You can use the same principles to roast carrots (they’ll take about 15-20 minutes to cook) or other root vegetables like parsnips or turnips.
Maple Roasted Beets (Serves 2-4)
- 1 bunch red beets
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 1 tablespoon pure maple syrup
- Pinch of salt and pepper
- Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.
- Cut the leafy green tops and discard. Rinse the beets in cold water, removing any dirt as you go.
- Place the clean beets on a large sheet of tinfoil. Drizzle with the olive oil and maple syrup, and sprinkle with salt and pepper. Fold the tinfoil over them to form a packet.
- Bake in the oven for approximately 40-45 minutes, until they are soft to the touch.
- Carefully remove the foil packet, and allow to cool. Once cool, peel away the skin. Serve with the liquid that accumulated while cooking.
What’s your favorite roasted vegetable?