Simply Roasted Beets

Foil wrap some whole beets and throw them in the oven for a healthy, easy vegetarian and vegan dish.

Easy & Delicious Simply Roasted Beets Low Calorie, Low Fat, Healthy Vegetable - Repin for later

I have had a love affair with beets since I was a little child. My grandfather and I both loved pickled beets, and I would happily eat them right alongside him. My love affair hasn’t tarnished, but I now love to roast whole beets. Happily my little one is carrying on the beet loving tradition. These gorgeous purple or gold gems are healthy and easy. They aren’t quick by any stretch of the imagination, but the actual work you have to do is under 5 minutes. The oven does all the heavy lifting for you.

I am very lucky that I have two grandmothers and one grandfather still with us. My maternal grandparents always come to visit for Thanksgiving. When they come for dinner we always have roasted beets for Papa and cauliflower for Mama. For the meat, it has to be pork for Papa. It is his favorite. They make it so easy on me. Of course, there has to be bread. My grandfather grew up eating a loaf of bread with dinner. He still loves it, but has to share it with my husband, the other bread lover in the family. Low carb may be “in”, but he is 85 years old and still plays 3 rounds of 18 holes of golf a week along with all of his bread. I don’t think the carbs are hurting him any.

Easy & Delicious Simply Roasted Beets Low Calorie, Low Fat, Healthy Vegetable - Repin for later

When we went to visit them over Spring break, he was outside playing soccer with my daughter, running, kicking, jumping. I was holding my breath every time, hoping he didn’t fall and break his hip. My grandmother would be sitting on the porch, yelling at him to take it easy. “Watch it Har.” She would yell. After 60 years of marriage, you can still tell they love each other. This past visit, I asked her what their secret was. She said she married her best friend. Check, that off the list. I did too. I didn’t remember hearing the story of how they met, so I asked. I don’t know how I didn’t know it. She told me they had met at a friend’s party. I asked if she liked him right away. She got a gleam in her eye and said “Oh, yes”. Next visit, I’ll have to get my grandfather’s side of the story, and see if he felt the same way.

60 years, 6 kids, 12 grandkids and 6 great-grandkids later, they are still in love, living on their own together and make quite a team. I hope I am that lucky. 60 years might be a stretch since we were married in our 30’s, but I’ll take as long as I can get. My parents are coming on 46 years and actually all of my grandparent’s kids are still married to their original spouses, no divorces. Hopefully we have found the magic “happy marriage” pill. I wonder if the beets had anything to do with it. They just might. My grandmother doesn’t like them but my grandfather loves them. So they compromise, he has beets and she has cauliflower, which he doesn’t like. That could just be the secret besides from marrying your best friend.

Even if you don’t like pickled beets, give these a try. I bet you will like them. Who knows, they may just be part of the magic to a happy marriage. Be sure and come back Thursday for Almond Oat Strawberry Banana Smoothie along with a cookbook giveaway from one of my favorite healthy bloggers.

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Yields 4 servings

Simply Roasted Beets

5 minPrep Time

1 hr, 30 Cook Time

1 hr, 35 Total Time

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  • 1 1/2 lbs. whole beets, remove greens and root if attached
  • 3/4 tsp. kosher salt
  • 1/8 tsp. fresh ground black pepper


  1. Preheat oven to 450°.
  2. Wrap beets in a large piece of foil and place on a baking sheet.
  3. Bake for about 1 1/2 hours or until beets are fork tender.
  4. Let cool until you can handle them.
  5. Using a paper towel, whip off the skin.
  6. Chop off ends of beets and cut into bite size pieces.
  7. Season with salt and pepper.
Happy Healthy Eating,


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  1. There is nothing like roasted beets. I love them with a drizzle of balsamic over arugula with goat cheese and pecans.
  2. I definitely think the beets are part of the "happy marriage" pill. I love roasting beets and especially pairing them with a salad!
  3. Roasted beets are so delicious. I am going to have to try out your recipe
  4. What a great idea to roast them whole. I have only roasted them cut up, but am always looking for ways to save time with prep.
  5. Nature is so pretty!
  6. I love hearing about couples like your grandparents, how blessed you are Christie! Your beets are so pretty, I love the color and the simplicity of the recipe.
  7. I wish my family would eat beets, I love them
  8. You are correct Christie; I don't care for beets. Now, with all the tempting colored beets, white, orange, red, purple; I've tried peeling and slicing them for grilling in foil. Only because the purple beets bleed; I put them in separate foil; also do another foil of potatoes and onions; and serve all together. This is a totally different taste from regular beets, and are yummy combo


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