Wednesday, April 26, 2017

How To Cook Beet Greens

If you received beet greens attached to your beets from Lemon Lime Delivery, don't throw out those greens! Beet greens taste awesome and they are a very healthy source of vitamins and minerals. Beet greens are an excellent source of vitamin K, vitamin A (in the form of carotenoids), vitamin C, copper, potassium, manganese, vitamin B2, magnesium, vitamin E, fiber and calcium. They are a very good source of iron, vitamins B1, B6, and pantothenic acid, as well as phosphorus and protein. A whole cup of delicious beet greens is only 59 calories.

1 bunch of beet greens
2 tablespoons of olive oil
2 cloves of chopped garlic (or more if you love garlic like me)
The juice from 1 small lemon (this is about 2 tablespoons).

Wash the beet greens. Cut the stems from the leafs. The stems take a bit longer to cook than the leafs, so cook the stems first and then add in the leafs.

Chop the stems into small 1/2 inch pieces. Rough chop the leafs into approximately 1 inch pieces.

Heat the olive oil over medium heat. Saute the garlic in the oil for a few minutes (do not brown it).  Add the beet green stems to the pan with the oil and garlic. Stir in 1/2 of the lemon juice and cover 3/4 of the pan with the lid. This allows the stems to cook, but also allows some of the steam to escape. Stir the stems occasionally and cook them until tender; approximately 5 minutes.

Add the beet green leafs and the remainder of the lemon juice. Cover 3/4 of the pan with the lid and cook the leafs until tender while stirring occasionally; approximately 3 minutes.  Remove the lid and turn the heat to high. Stir frequently and continue cooking for a few minutes while any remaining liquid reduces.  Remove the beet greens from the heat and season with salt and pepper. I like to dress mine with balsamic vinegar or a bit of balsamic glaze.

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