And now, for the beets. I LOVE beets. I love their earthy taste and their purpely color. Plus, they are super healthy. When I studied abroad in Costa Rica I learned about organic farming and more than ever before I began to care about the food I ate. At that point in my life I was already a vegetarian, but after visiting farms and plantations, I began to care about eating food in season and eating locally grown food. As a college student sharing food with four other girls, eating local, seasonal food is tough and sometimes expensive. But as a college graduate living at home for the summer with a vegetable garden in the backyard, this is not as much of a problem. A couple weeks ago I visited the local farmer's market and picked up many goodies including beets. I like to boil them and eat them kind of lukewarm on a salad or just by themselves. Here's my simple, step by step recipe:
Step 1: obtain fresh beets:
Step 2: cut beets into chunks:
Step 3: boil beets (covered) for 20-30 minutes until tender or the beets reach the consistency you desire:
Step 4: strain beets and run cool water over them several times:
Step 5: after beets have cooled a bit, peel off the skin with your fingers (it's easy!):
Step 6: cut beets into smaller chunks if you want and enjoy!
Do you like beets?
What is your favorite summer veggie?