Roasted beets are rich in cancer-fighting nutrients—and candy-sweet flavor. "Ginger brings out the beets' sugariness," Simonds says, "which combines with balsamic vinegar to create a wonderful caramelized coating." Adapted from Spices of Life
Servings: Makes 6 servings
  • 2 1/2 pounds medium-size fresh beets with stems trimmed to 1 inch
  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons minced fresh ginger
  • 2 1/2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
  • Directions
    Preheat oven to 450°F. Line a cookie sheet with foil. Arrange beets on cookie sheet, cover with foil, and roast 25 minutes. Cool; remove skins.

    In a small bowl, combine olive oil, ginger, and vinegar.

    Cut beets in half and arrange, cut side up, on cookie sheet. Brush all parts of beets except the stems with ginger-vinegar mixture. Roast, uncovered, until beets are very tender, 20 to 25 minutes. Arrange on a platter, cool slightly, and serve warm.


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