How to Cook Beets | Allergy a la Mode
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How to Cook Beets – Healthy Beets and Carrots

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Have you ever wondered how to cook beets? This roasted beets and carrots recipe is the best way to do it! These beets are roasted perfectly – which brings out all the sweet, earthy flavor! These beets are cooked with carrots which adds to the subtle sweetness. These beets are simple and easy and make a wonderful healthy vegetable side dish to serve with any meal!

A big plate of roasted beets and carrots is one of my favorite things to eat. For real. Next to chocolate chip cookies of course. I had never had a beet until my first pregnancy. Prior to that, my only association with beets was that Dwight from The Office had a beet farm and ate them around the office.

As a first time pregnant lady I spent an insane amount of time on Pinterest looking at baby and pregnancy related blog posts. I hardly ever ventured into recipes on Pinterest because looking at pictures of food made me sick. However, I somehow came across a recipe for roasted beets. I didn’t know how to cook beets but I tried it and I was hooked! I eventually started adding carrots and it was even better. The flavor of the carrots complemented the beets perfectly. I’m sure I ate more roasted beets and carrots than anything else the entire pregnancy.

How to Cook Beets | Allergy a la Mode

These beets are:

  • Part of a healthy dinner
  • The perfect allergy-friendly side dish
  • An easy vegetable dish
  • Gluten free
  • Vegan
  • Dairy free
  • Your new favorite vegetable

Beets the Perfect Allergy-friendly Side Dish

It’s hard to know what to feed the family for dinner when you have to worry about food allergies. Many typical side dishes contain wheat, dairy, and eggs, and therefore just don’t pass the safety test. This means no dinner rolls, cheesy potatoes, cornbread, mac and cheese, or Parmesan-roasted anything. Different variations of rice, vegetable dishes, and fruit are the norm. This roasted beets and carrots recipe is the perfect side dish to add to your gluten-free, dairy-free, allergy-friendly side dish repertoire. It’s so simple and delicious that I know it will quickly become one of your favorites!

How to Cook Beets | Allergy a la Mode

What You Need to Cook Beets

Equipment

  • Large sheet pan: Lined with parchment paper for best results!

Ingredients to Cook Beets

  • Beets: Just the root. You can save the beet greens for something else!
  • Carrots
  • Oil: I use extra virgin olive oil to roast beets but you can also use avocado oil, grape seed oil, etc.
  • Salt: Regular salt or seasoning salt are both delicious choice! You can even use a mix of both.
  • Pepper

How to Cook Beets

You don’t roast beets 12783 times without learning a trick or two. Firstly, not all vegetables roast at the same speed. This goes for any roasted vegetable dish. Some vegetables will just cook faster than others. For example, asparagus cooks much faster than potatoes. Squash, mushrooms, onions, peppers, and asparagus all roast rather quickly. White potatoes, sweet potatoes, beets, and carrots all take longer. However, even beets and carrots don’t cook at the same speed! Now maybe it’s just my experience but my carrots always cook faster than my beets so I like to cut my carrots into larger pieces than my beets.

Secondly, even though the beets and carrots are tossed in plenty of olive oil, they will still stick to the pan! Always spray your cooking sheet with nonstick cooking spray or use parchment paper before arranging the vegetables on the pan.

In addition, give the vegetables plenty of room to breathe on the pan. Like I mention in my Roasted and Seasoned Red Potatoes recipe, vegetables need plenty of space when they roast! If you cram the vegetables onto the baking sheet too close together then they may steam instead of roast. Spread them apart.

Lastly, the vegetables will have a hard time cooking properly if you don’t use enough oil. I typically cut the amount of oil in cooking recipes down because I like to eat a little lighter. When roasting vegetables you need the oil.

How to Cook Beets | Allergy a la Mode

If you are looking for a gluten-free, allergy-friendly main dish to serve along with these roasted beets and carrots, then give these tasty dinner recipes a try!

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Roasted Beets and Carrots

Want to learn how to cook beets? Roasting beets along with carrots brings out the sweetness in the beets and is one of my favorite ways to eat vegetables!

  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 25 minutes
  • Total Time: 40 minutes
  • Yield: 4 1x
  • Category: Side Dish
  • Cuisine: American

Ingredients

Scale
  • 1 bunch beets (3 to 4 medium beets)
  • 6 large carrots
  • 4 tbsp olive oil
  • 3/4 tsp salt (can also use seasoning salt)
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 425°.
  2. Wash and peel beets and carrots. Chop into small chunks. *Note: the carrots cook faster than the beets. To uniformly cook the vegetables, cut the beets into smaller pieces than the carrots.
  3. In a medium bowl, toss the carrots and beets with the olive oil, salt, and pepper.
  4. Line a large metal sheet pan with foil. Spray lightly with cooking spray. Spread the vegetables in a single layer on the pan. Bake for 20 to 25 minutes or until tender.

Nutrition

  • Calories: 140

Keywords: Beets, Carrots, Roasted vegetables

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One Comment

  1. 5 stars
    Made this as a side dish for roast tonight and it was so good! So excited to eat the leftovers tomorrow!

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