List Image

“Beet” Hunger with Hearty Root Vegetables

By Staci Amend
March 30, 2015

Though some find their taste a bit earthy, beets are a naturally high-fiber, low-calorie, low-sodium, fat-free and cholesterol-free food. They’re lower in carbs than other tubers (like potatoes and squash), but still offer the ultra-satiating feeling of root vegetables. Beets are rich in potassium, magnesium, iron, folic acid, protein, antioxidants and Vitamins A, C and B6.

If you’d like to take advantage of the beet’s unique flavors and many health benefits, here are four ways to make it happen.

1. On the side
With so much natural flavor and so few calories, beets make excellent, (and very filling!) side dishes. To roast them, simply rinse and trim off greens, then wrap in foil and bake for 60–90 minutes at 375 degrees. Allow to cool enough to peel, then slice and drizzle with Jenny Craig Balsamic Dressing. If it’s nice out, you can also throw a few beets on the grill! Rinse, peel and slice, then spray with fat-free cooking oil and grill on medium heat, covered, about 8–10 minutes per side.

2. In your salad
Chilled, roasted beets are an excellent addition to any salad—but they’re especially tasty with cruciferous greens like spinach and arugula. If you’re making a side salad, you can either mince or grate your chilled beets and toss them with Jenny Craig Balsamic Dressing. For an interesting entrée salad, take one packet of Jenny Craig Ranch Dressing and two tablespoons of grated, roasted beets and pulse a few times in your food processor to make a low-fat buttermilk-beet dressing. Toss with a cup of spinach and a handful of other green veggies, and serve alongside your favorite Jenny Craig lunch or dinner entree.

3. On your burger
If you like pickle relish on your burger, you won’t believe the wonderful flavors beet relish can add to your meal! To make this easy topper, combine one cup grated, cooked beets with one tablespoon red wine vinegar, one tablespoon Dijon mustard, one tablespoon olive oil and one teaspoon stevia. Pulse lightly in your food processor until ingredients have a coarsely blended texture. Use relish to top your Classic Cheeseburger or Turkey Burger.

4. As an energizing juice
Beet juice is one of the richest dietary sources of antioxidants. Try this amazing beet juice recipe which is a great pick-me-up any time of the day. It’s made with all unlimited free veggies and one fruit serving which you can use from your Jenny Craig menu. Simply blend up one medium cooked beet, one small cucumber (peeled and seeded), one stalk of celery, four baby carrots, one small red apple (keep the skin for added fiber), a squeeze of fresh lemon juice and an inch of fresh ginger.

Bon appétit!

Related Content:
Choosing the Right Rewards
Staying Motivated: How to Get There
Liven Up Menu Planning with Free Foods