Beets

Beets are the two-meals-in-one vegetable: You can eat the beautiful roots AND you can sauté up those leafy greens. They belong to the same family as chard and spinach. Beets are fantastic boiled or roasted and then put over a salad, or grilled (wrap whole beet in foil, drizzle with olive oil, and stick them on the grill for about an hour) as a side dish. Beet greens are a bit earthier in flavor than chard or spinach, but still in the same vein. You can sauté them up with a little olive oil and garlic and serve them over some ravioli. The sweet ricotta balances the earthy really nicely. Beets are high in folate, manganese, potassium, vitamin C, and iron.

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