Local Treasure- Vegetable of the year and recipe for Easy Roasted Beets

Did you know that the beet has been named the vegetable of the year? One Vegetable One Community picks a vegetable annually to promote, love and spread the word on how to grow and cook with delicious results. There are seed give a ways, cook-offs and all sorts of community events surrounding this delicious vegetable treat. This year there is a beet “queen” and beet ambassadors. One Vegetable One Community has an active facebook page too that has lots of fun facts, poetry and recipes about beets.


So I had to share my favorite go-to recipe for Easy Roasted Beets.

Here’s what you need


2 lbs beets (I use all colors) peeled and cubed

olive oil

Course Salt and Pepper

Fruit flavored vinegar or Maple Syrup

Fresh herbs, chopped (optional)

The recipe is so simple, yet so yummy

Place cubed beets in a shallow baking dish. Drizzle olive oil and massage into beets.

Roast @ 350 for about an hour, stirring a couple of times during cooking

When soft and tender, remove from oven and season with salt and pepper

Drizzle about a tablespoon of balsamic or other fruit vinegar and toss. Or you can use just maple syrup and olive oil. That tastes good too.

Add more olive oil to taste and fresh herbs right before serving.

The best part about these is that they are delicious cold too, I throw them on a salad with blue cheese for a change of pace. If you want them to taste more like candy, use the maple syrup.

The last of our beets from our garden

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