25 Mar

day 58: beet-en

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I hate to dislike food. I want to like everything. If there is something out there I don’t like I’ll try to come up with a way to prepare it so that I’d be willing to eat it again and again.

In the past I have successfully converted myself from a hater to a lover of many different types of foods.

As I kid I loved vegetables but I wouldn’t touch lettuce and the smell of a salad totally turned me off. This was probably because, at home, our salads were made with white vinegar (an “ingredient” that I’ve since relegated to the cleaning closet) . Now I eat salads all the time, always with homemade dressing, and I love them!

I never used to like eating apples raw (it was a texture thing) but I somehow did a 180 and now I eat an apple almost daily.

I used to turn up my nose at Brussels sprouts but now I know that if I roast them in a bit of brown butter I am in veggie heaven!

…and there are so many weird and crazy foods that I have always had a taste for, like baccalà, or raw liver with spices.

So why the hell can’t I like beets?

They have everything that I want in a food: they’re a root vegetable (I otherwise haven’t met a root vegetable I didn’t like), they’re high in sugar, they’re versatile, they’re nutrient dense (1/3 of your RDI of folate in just 1 cup!), and high in fibre. What’s not to love?  … oh yeah. The taste. That terrible taste that some may eloquently call “earthy” but I would call “dirty”.

I’ve tried eating them so many ways. I’ve tried them in boiled, pickled, raw, roasted, juiced, and in smoothies.

On the weekend I found golden beets at Zehrs and said to myself “These. I’m going to like these.” and I promptly brought tossed them in my cart. This week I cooked them up and, naturally, I did not like them. So I think it’s time to throw in the towel and concede defeat to the dirty beet.

If you do happen to like beets, here’s a recipe to try:

Beets with Quinoa and Steamed Greens


  • 4 small golden beets
  • 2 medium red beets
  • Beet greens
  • 1/2 of a large red onion, sliced
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 tbsp maple syrup
  • 4 c. cooked quinoa
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • toasted sesame seeds


Preheat oven to 425F

Remove the greens from the beets and reserve. Peel and cube the beets.

Put beets and sliced onion into a baking dish and toss with 1tbsp of olive oil, the maple syrup, salt and pepper. Roast uncovered in the oven for 30-40 minutes or until beets are tender.

While the beets roast, wash the beet greens and place them in a large pot with about 1” of water at the bottom. Bring the water to a boil and steam the greens until wilted. Drain and add the remainder of the oil. Season with salt and pepper.

Serve beets and greens over a bed of warm, cooked quinoa. Top with sesame seeds and enjoy (or not, depending on your palate for beets)

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0 thoughts on “day 58: beet-en

  1. Maybe I inherited enough of the beet gene for the both of us…cause I love ’em, always have. Tackling parsley should be next on your to do list…

  2. Good for you for trying food you previously hated! Not a lot of people are willing to do that, and now your food repetiore has expanded greatly 🙂 However, when there’s a food you don’t like, sometimes you just don’t like it. Take celery – you will never get me to eat it raw, no matter how you cajole me 😛

    Have you ever tried roasted, pureed beets in baked good in place of oil? I find that they don’t taste earthy then.

  3. I’m definitely the same way. I hate broccoli, but I’m starting to like it — slowly. And spinach. Josh thinks it’s bizarre, but I only do it with things that are super good for me. I don’t like cauliflower, but I figure it doesn’t matter much anyway.

    I DO like beets though. I admit I go a little crazy whenever I see them at the farmer’s market. I liked them pureed and used as a pasta sauce, or roasted with a smudge of goat cheese. I’ve also used them in homemade veggie burgers with some success.

  4. My food like that is blueberries. I hate them. With a passion! My friends make fun of me if there are blueberries around, I get totally squeemish. It is the weirdest food not to like!

    I love beets though, and this recipe looks great! Don’t feel bad for not liking them, everyone has something, and give yourself props for at least trying them again! I will say I try a blueberry once a year. And yes, I still don’t like them 🙂

  5. I tried beets for the first time recently when they were offered at a salad bar and I wanted to load my plate down with every single visible vegetable. After one bite, the beets went into my napkin. 😳 Major veggie love but NOT those.

  6. Haha, I can so relate to wanting to teach myself to like foods. There are very few things that I dislike, so when I find one I always give it a few tries before ruling it out.
    Even though you weren’t pleased with the beets, your recipe looks outstanding! Gorgeous and delicious. I would love it!!

  7. I do the same thing! I don’t like quinoa (still don’t…), but I keep trying out new ways of making it because I am sure there’s a winner out there! I like pretty much all foods, too…so I’m hopefully with my quinoa! Great work with the beets, girlie! Have a great weekend!

  8. I don’t try to like everything. If I try it and I like it great and if not oh well. I never tried brocolli or cauliflower before 3 years ago based solely on looks. Well now I love them and eat them all the time..even raw.

    Don’t beet yourself up over one item you can’t stomach.

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  10. I love beets!!! They are one of my most fave veggies 🙂

    That 24, 24, 24 dinner was quite a bit of work … but I have done dinner parties like it before so I have become good at managing my time throughout the day to make sure everything is ready when it is supposed to be.

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