Fried beets

Fried beets! Sounds like music to my ears all the time. These fried goodness aren’t just tasty, they are nutritious and flavorful.

Quick tip: Cook them until they are burned and add more butter if needs be.

If you love beets, you need to give this recipe a try!

Fried Beets Recipe

Prep Time 20 mins
Cook Time 1 hr
Total Time 1 hr 20 mins
Course Main dish
Cuisine American, International
Calories 261.7 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • 1 large beets
  • Butter or margarine
  • Salt
  • Water
  • Pepper

Instructions
 

  • Boil a large pot of water and add two or three pinches of salt.
  • Add beets to the boiling water and leave it uncovered until the beets are slightly tender, this should take about 20 minutes.
  • Drain the beets, rinse and then cut then ends from each beet.
  • Place the tenderized  beets in a cooking pan with about 2 inches of water, cover the cooking pan and bring the water to boil, thereafter cook the beets for about another 20 minutes.
  • Gently remove the beets from the cooking pan and immediately immerse them in a bowl of cold water to cool, afterwards pull the peels off the beets and slice beets into 1/4 inch thick slices.
  • Gently remove the beets from the cooking pan and immediately immerse them in a bowl of cold water to cool, afterwards pull the peels off the beets and slice beets into 1/4 inch thick slices.
  • In a large skillet, heat butter over medium high heat. Fry beets and flip occasionally until it is lightly black. (Do this for 20 minutes)
  • Season with pepper and salt.
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Health benefits of beets

Highly nutritious with low calories

Beets are low in calories, yet high in valuable vitamins and minerals. Also, they contain a bit of almost all the vitamins and minerals a person needs for optimum performance. Beets  also contain inorganic nitrates and pigments, both of which have several health benefits, thus making beets one of the healthiest vegetables available.

Help regulate blood pressure

Scientific studies have shown that beets can significantly lower blood pressure by up to 4–10 mmHg over only a few hours. The ability of beets to lower blood pressure is likely due to the high concentration of nitrates in beets. In our body, dietary nitrates are converted into nitric oxide, a molecule that dilates blood vessels thus causing blood pressure to drop over time

Boosts immune systems 

Beets are  packed with nutrients which boost immunity levels in the body and it is known to fight fever and colds. Hence fried beets are not just delicious but also medicinal.

 Also, the presence of Vitamin C, B-complex, and powerful antioxidants in these root vegetables help prevent fatigue, soothe minor aches and pains, and reduce inflammation, 

Increases body performance

Beets contain a significant amount of carbohydrates that provide energy for prolonged sports and physical activities. 

Carbohydrates are the natural building blocks of energy metabolism, and beets provide them without any of the negative side effects of many other carbohydrate-heavy foods. 

More so, optimal levels of carbs ensure the peak functioning of all important metabolic reactions that keep the organs functioning efficiently.  

Helps to lose weight 

Beets have several nutritional properties that  make them excellent for weight loss. They  are low in calories and high in water content. Furthermore, the fiber in beets may also help promote weight loss by reducing appetite and promoting feelings of fullness, thereby reducing overall calorie intake.

What can I serve with fried beet?

 Fried beets are one of the many ways of serving beets and are one of the most enjoyable.  Fried beets can be served as main courses or side dishes. Moreover, they can be enjoyed with various toppings including Cheese, Beef, Ham, Pork, fish or eaten as a vegetable salad.

 Fried beets are a great source of essential proteins, vitamins, and minerals. serving fried beets is a great way of providing a truly delightful meal with immense nutritional benefits

In addition, Fried Beets can be served with dairy products such as  milk, cream, and yogurt. 

They can also be paired with sides of  citrus fruits including lemons and oranges 

Don’t forget your veggies and salad too, they pair perfectly with fried beets 

FAQs:

Why is my pee pink after taking beets?

Beeturia (consisting of “beet” and “ura”) means passing red or pink urine after ingesting beetroot or other foods that contain beetroot such as fried beets. 

The red or pink color is caused by a pigment in the beet called Betanin. After you consume beets, betanin travels through the body and eventually makes its way to the kidneys. Here, it is flushed from the body, resulting in pink or red urine. While it can be alarming and psychologically distressing to see pink pee after eating fried beets, beeturia is usually harmless.

Do fried beets contain high levels of sugar?

Fried beets do not contain much sugar although beets are also the vegetable with the most sugar. 

That said, the intensity of the sugar you get from a cookie is different from what you get from raw beets.

Despite this, beets are high in fiber. This traps the sugar and slows its absorption into the bloodstream,

Does beet cause indigestion?

Contrary to some beliefs that beets cause indigestion, beets in fact do the opposite and can help combat indigestion and constipation. 

More so, fiber helps keep the digestive system running smoothly, and beets are chock full of it

Fun facts about  beet

  • Aphrodisiac Property: Beets are high in nitrates, which convert to nitric oxide in the body. Nitric oxide expands the blood vessels to increase blood flow. Increased blood flow of course is positively linked with sexual stimulation. Furthermore,  Beets are a natural source of tryptophan and betaine, both substances that promote a feeling of well-being. They also contain high amounts of boron, a trace mineral that increases the level of sex hormones in the human body.
  • Dyes: Due to the natural purple or pinkish pigments in beets, they are processed industrially to produce dyes

Nutritional value

  • Protein: 5.1g
  • Calories: 261.7Kcal
  • Carbohydrates: 32.6g
  • Vitamin A: 477.3 
  • Niacin Equivalent 2.5mg
  • Vitamin B6: 0.2mg
  • Vitamin C: 18.2mg
  • Folate: 405.9mcg
  • Calcium: 62.9mg
  • Iron: 3mg
  • Magnesium: 84.8mg 
  • Potassium: 1212.4mg
  • Dietary fiber: 10.4g
  • Sugars: 25.2g
  • Fat:13.1g
  • Saturated fats: 7.4g
  • Cholesterol: 31.5mg
  • Sodium: 361.9 mg
  • Thiamine: 0.1mg

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