Baby Beets with Greens and Orange Juice

Baby beets and their greens steamed with freshly squeezed orange juice

1 lb. (1/2 k.) baby beets with their greens
juice of 1 large or 2 small oranges
butter or olive oil
sea salt and freshly ground pepper

Wash beets and greens, cutting off root end and stems. Save the leaves. Thinly slice beets from top to bottom. Leaves may be left whole or chopped.

Heat a large skillet, add beet slices, greens and orange juice and steam for 5-6 minutes.  If beets cook dry, add 1-2 tablespoons of water.

Salt and pepper to taste. Serve with a pat of butter or drizzle with olive oil.

Notes: 


Baby beets do not need peeling. If you use large, mature beets, peel and cook until slices are tender. A pressure cooker cooks large beets quickly, in about 15 minutes.


Studies have found that the presence of oil or fat with food facilitates the absorption of nutrients. Try to include a touch of butter, olive oil or other oil with every meal.

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I'm a gringa living in Mexico, writing about classic Mexican recipes, New World ingredients and food events in my part of the world.
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3 Responses to Baby Beets with Greens and Orange Juice

  1. DarM456 says:

    Kathleen,
    I am all for butter, oil, and fat! Didn't know that we should have it with every meal.
    Thanks, Darlene

  2. Kathleen says:

    Darlene,
    I read that the reason vegetables are considered more nutritional than fruit may be because we don't usually eat fruit with fat or oils, so absorption of nutrients is restricted. It doesn't take much oil to increase nutrient absorption — just a teaspoon or two makes a difference. Just be sure it is a high quality fat or oil.

  3. Zia Elle says:

    Nice baby beets recipe!!

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