I was never served beets as a child, perhaps because it was one of the few foods my father refused to eat. Even as an adult, I am reluctant to eat beets; perhaps because they look so much like cranberry sauce, which is a favorite of mine, but their taste and texture is very different. I like this recipe for Roasted Beets ‘n’ Sweets from Allrecipes for a number of reasons. Not only does it make good use of this seasonal vegetable, and contains all of the beautiful purple and orange colors of autumn, but it also includes that that superfood, Sweet Potatoes. This recipe is also very versatile–it can be used to top a salad or makes a great side dish to serve at Thanksgiving. Stop by Colchester Neighborhood Farm today and pick up some freshly harvested beets.
- 6 medium beets, peeled and cut into chunks
- 2 1/2 tablespoons olive oil, divided
- 1 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1 teaspoon kosher salt
- 1 teaspoon ground black pepper
- 1 teaspoon sugar
- 3 medium sweet potatoes, cut into chunks
- 1 large sweet onion, chopped
- Preheat oven to 400 degrees F (200 degrees C).
- In a bowl, toss the beets with 1/2 tablespoon olive oil to coat. Spread in a single layer on a baking sheet.
- Mix the remaining 2 tablespoons olive oil, garlic powder, salt, pepper, and sugar in a large resealable plastic bag. Place the sweet potatoes and onion in the bag. Seal bag, and shake to coat vegetables with the oil mixture.
- Bake beets 15 minutes in the preheated oven. Mix sweet potato mixture with the beets on the baking sheet. Continue baking 45 minutes, stirring after 20 minutes, until all vegetables are tender.