Sunday, August 19, 2012

Cider Poached Beets

Okay, loads of people don't like beets, or they are put off for one reason or another, but we are not. I am however one of those that only likes my beets cooked a certain way, as in not in a pot of plain boiled water.

Here are some reasons to eat your beets:

  • They have ZERO trans and saturated fats.
  • Low calorie
  • Since they are high in carbohydrates, they give your body INSTANT ENERGY, and are the good carbs, the ones that your body uses as fuel.
  • They contain a plethora of goodies: sodium, magnesium, phosphorus, iron, calcium, fiber, Vitamins A and C, and niacin. Also the biggie for MOMS TO BE Folic Acid.

Now here is a recipe that we both (and our 14 month old) adored.

3/4 cup apple cranberry sparkling cider (or plain cider, or sparkling wine)
1/2 cup water
1 TBS packed brown sugar
2 1/2 lbs beets peeled and cut into bite sized pieces

Mix the first 3 ingredients in a sauce pan and heat until sugar is dissolved (ultimately bring to a boil), then add the beets, reduce to a simmer, and cover. Allow to poach for about 45 minutes, or until tender. Drain off poaching liquid and season with salt and pepper to taste.

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