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