Beet Greens: Not to be Ignored!

Beets are some of my favorite vegetables to use with patients in my practice. I like to use the whole plant. The root contains a good amount of soluble and insoluble fibers which have been shown to give the immune system a boost, and helps with constipation as well.

The leaves have a very good amount of electrolytes and minerals. They both contain a wonderful amount of iron.

The recipe below is fast and easy. Beet greens cook in about 2 to 3 minutes. Give it a try and let me know what you think.

Beet Greens

Not your average vegetable side dish! Beet greens aren’t often prepared as a regular dish. They are delicious and very nutritious. Beets have a sweet and mild flavor. Great gateway green for those who have shied away from mustard or kale greens.

Ingredients:

Greens from 2 bunches of beets (usually 8 beets)

1/3 cup lemon juice

½ cup dried apricots

½ tsp turmeric

½ tsp crushed red pepper

1-2 TBS Extra Virgin Olive Oil

Salt and pepper to taste

Directions:

Mix chopped greens with apricots. Saute chopped greens and apricots for 2 to 3 minutes in olive oil. While cooking add tumeric, and crushed pepper. Turn heat off and add lemon juice. Season to taste with salt and pepper.

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