sweets and beets

There are roots that I love and roots that I hate.

Roots that I hate include those dark ones at the base of blonde hair that hasn't been dyed recently enough. (No offense.) I have no idea how Heidi Klum made those trendy. Probably just by being Heidi Klum.

Roots I love include the kind that grow underground, which, when roasted or boiled, make for some of the healthiest and most delicious nosh you could want.

Believe it or not, prior to last week, I had never prepared beets before.

But when I spotted these beautiful golden babies, I knew it was time.

The following is one of those hardly-a-recipe-recipes. It's pretty simple. Combine the stuff that tastes good. Cook it until it's done.

Roasted Sweets 'n' Beets

about 1 lb. of sweet potatoes
about 1 lb. of red beets
about 1 lb. of golden beets
2 tbsp oil
1 1/2 tsp garam masala
3/4 tsp salt

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. Wash and dice the vegetables. I left my skins on, but you can choose to remove them if you'd like. Dice the beets a little smaller than the sweet potatoes, because they cook slower. (Or, set the sweet potatoes aside, and add to the mix 15-20 minutes after the beets have been cooking.) In a large mixing bowl or plastic bag, toss the veggies with the oil, garam masala, and salt. Spread in a large baking dish and bake for 60-90 minutes, until fork tender.


  1. SCUSE? NEVER prepared beets before???? But they are the best!!!!

    (Who am I kidding, I made them for the first time this year too.)

    Roasted beets are probably the only veg I could eat like candy. So sweet and yummy!

  2. this looks BEAUTIFUL! you always make food look so pretty, clair. :) true story: i had my first beet a month ago! my world has been altered!

  3. Okay, these are some roots I can get behind. These look delicious! I must admit, I have never prepared beets before [ gasp! ] but I think I might just have to try it :)

  4. My fave type of recipe; when it's just stuff I like and have around the kitchen. Melanie's comment is hilarious! If you watch The Office, one of the best Dwight quotes is: Fact. Bears eat beets. Bears. Beets. Battlestar Galactica.
    I love cooking beets - easy recipe on my blog, too - instead of garam masala, toss in cumin, salt and pepper and cook in a pan with a teeny bit of oil. When they're cooked, add a bit of sesame seeds. Yum!

  5. I've never made these before so I definitely think I should try them out, especially after seeing your pics

  6. oh beets are wonderful... i also really love them in salads and they make the greatest addition in a boeuf bourgignon!

  7. Love how you started this post. Very clever...I've always hated roots too, all that upkeep! Glad I'm back to being a brunette these days! I'm glad you tackled the beets! Aren't they delicious? The golden ones are so pretty. Nothing else compares to them. I usually wrap mine in foil and drizzle them with olive oil. I like the idea of garam masala, that sounds great!

  8. Oh my goodness...thanks for all the great beet ideas! I'm going to have to eat lots more of them...yum!

  9. Yum. I love beets too. But only when their made for me, which is the case with most veggies. I like the found of Smita's beet dish too-- sounds tasty tasty!

  10. I love root fruits and thank you for sharing your recipe.

  11. Um. Beets. Sweet potatoes? I'm in heaven. Lordy, lord, heaven! This looks great!

  12. I love love love roasted beets but have never tried them with a sprinkling of garam masala. Also, I love the addition of sweet potatoes - not sure why I never thought of that ;)


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