July 16, 2013 by BettyCupcakes
I’ve been an avowed beet hater for most of my adult life. I say adult life because the only place I ever saw beets growing up was on the salad bar at the Steak and Ale. We were not a beet eating family.
Now that I’m a mama, I’m trying to revisit some of my disliked dishes. Not because I want to serve the wee one gross food, but because I think it’s a bit unfair to deprive him of foods he may actually like. What if beet lover lurks in his tiny heart?
On Friday we went to the local farm stand. It’s still early in the season so there was just some lettuce, kale, cucumbers, and beets.
My main problem with beets is that they generally just taste like sweet dirt. Not that I’m knocking dirt eaters (looking at you, little man), but it’s not really my thing.
I do love the color of beets- the bright magenta of red beets, the sunset color of golden beets, and of course, the adorable candy cane beets. Think of how pretty my dishes could be if I could just learn to take them from dirty to delectable!
The farmer at the stand suggested making a tzatziki sauce with the beets- genius! The tang of the yogurt along with the sharpness of the garlic are the perfect foils to the earthiness of the beets.
I just threw this together without measuring and it was absolutely life changing. I’m going to get some more beets this week to write up a proper recipe, but if you want to experiment on your own, I used the following ingredients:
Roasted and cooled, chopped red beets
Plain European style non-fat yogurt
I served it up on top of sauteed beet greens and spinach, but it was would be awesome on grilled pita or a hearty slice of bread.
Beets don’t have to taste like dirt- hallelujah!
P.S. Sam likes beets- well, he likes spitting them out and stepping on them. Can’t win them all!