Gingerbread Beets Add Bright Color to Your Christmas or Kwanzaa Table

Beets are not necessarily the go-to vegetable for the holidays. But the other day, I found a beautiful bunch. So I thought, why not? The vibrant color would be a great addition to the holiday feast.

Beets contain lots of potassium, which is especially important when feasting on high sodium holiday foods. Potassium helps to balance out sodium. Beets are also a good source of iron. Iron helps to produce hemoglobin, which is the main protein in red blood cells. Why should you care about that? Well, without enough iron, your body does not receive enough oxygen, and it can’t function properly. So I guess you could say that beets are a gift for your body.

It’s just that beets have such a bad wrap – especially with kids, and with adults who are not veggie-savvy. With that in mind, I created these babies. The beets are transformed into something magical with a simple combination of fresh ginger, orange zest, molasses, and coconut oil. And of course, calling them something reminiscent of a cookie always helps.

Gingerbread Beets
3 c. beets, peeled and sliced*
(* if you are pressed for time, use frozen beets)
zest of 1 orange
2 tsp. fresh grated ginger
2 tbsp. molasses
2 tbsp. coconut oil

Steam the beets. Once they are tender, stir in the remaining ingredients. Done!

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