Please don't throw away those fresh beet greens when cooking fresh beets.
Cook the beet greens and enjoy a delicious and nutritious dish just like
your grandparents grew up with. Beet greens contain a large amount of
vitamins A and K, plus anti-oxidants Beta Carotene and Lutein. Beet greens can be substituted in any
recipe that calls for spinach. This is a very simple and
definitely delicious way to cook fresh beet greens. In fact, my husband says
it is the only way!
Photo of my husband, Don Stradley, eating cooked beet greens. Yes, we are
University of Oregon football fans! My son was on the football team during
his college days.
Cooking Perfect Beet Greens Recipe - How To Cook Fresh Beet Greens:
Yields: serves many
Prep time: 10 min
Cook time: 5 min
Beet Greens (cut off the heavy stems and discard)
Wash the fresh beet green in a sink filled with cold water.
Place cleaned and wet beet greens in a
colander to let some of the water drain off.
NOTE: You want the leaves to be wet.
Place washed beet greens in a large pot. There is no need to add
additional water as the rinsed leaves will provide adequate moisture.
Cook, covered, over medium heat until the
greens look wilted, approximately 3 to 5 minutes. Beet greens cook quickly, so take care not to overcook
Beet greens will cook down quite a lot
(just like fresh spinach leaves).
When cooked, remove cooked beet greens to your serving bowl.
Season with some butter, salt, and pepper
to your liking.