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.
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.