Do beets always show up in your CSA bag every week? At home we always find ourselves with more beets than we know what to do with. Usually I just grate them, put them in a bowl and sprinkle some sea salt and lemon juice on top and call it a salad. My kids love carrots and because beets are similar to carrots, crunchy and slightly sweet, they'll usually eat my quick raw beet salad. However, lately the kids are asking for variety. No, they don't say "mom please give us variety" they just say "mom please" in that tone that sounds like a "puh-lease" as in "yeah, no way am I eating that again." Kids have the strange ability to love something and then immediately un-love something, especially if that something is related to food. So I decided it was time to create a new beet dish, one that has oranges, and a touch of brown sugar to help caramelize the beets. What you end up with is a simple warm side dish that's perfect for the winter months and happy kids.
What you will need:
Step 1: Peel the Beets
Pre-heat the oven to 375*F. Then wash and peel the beets. Cut off any bruised pieces.
Step 2: Slice the Beets
Step 3: Prepare the Oranges
Peel and cut the oranges in half. Slice one and a half oranges and leave the other half to squeeze later on top of the beets.
Step 4: Layer the Beets and the Oranges
In a large round baking dish layer the beets and oranges. First layer the beets then drizzle olive oil on top. Add the orange slices on top of the beets, then squeeze the orange juice from the left over orange over the dish. Sprinkle brown sugar on top. Bake for 35-45 minutes in the middle rack of your oven, until the beets are soft. You don’t want mushy beets, just slightly softer beets.
Step 5: Serve
Serve warm. This side dish is great with brown rice and a tossed green salad.