What to cook this week: Recipes featuring beets

Green apples, beets, lemon and ginger are on display. FREDERIC J. BROWN/AFP/Getty Images

What to cook this week” is a weekly series featuring recipes that use local, seasonal produce. Look for new ideas and recipes every Thursday.

Whether baked, sliced, juiced or added to a soup, beets are a nutrient-dense vegetable with versatility. You can even add beets to your favourite cake recipe for a surprisingly delicious sweet treat.

If you have a flare for the dramatic, adding beets to an otherwise mundane meal adds not only nutritional value, but a shock of pink colour.

Beets pack a good helping of folacin, as well as Vitamin C and potassium, but come in at only 50 calories per cup (of cooked, diced beets).

Look for beets around three inches in diameter. Buy them when the outside is firm and keep them in the fridge (or cold cellar) up to one week.

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Try these recipes from Food Network Canada that feature beets.

Roasted beets can brighten up any holiday table
This Oct. 9, 2014, photo shows roasted beets with orange vinaigrette, pecans and goat cheese in Concord, N.H. AP Photo/Matthew Mead

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