Can’t think of a healthy, light side for your holiday dinner? Look no further, we’ve got you covered right here with this delicious Balsamic Glazed Roasted Beets (with pistachios and pomegranate seeds) dish.
Beets are great for us for a number of reasons- like for example they’re a source of anti-inflammatory compounds like anthocyanin, and they’re also a source of various vitamins and minerals like energizing b vitamins, magnesium and manganese. Research also suggests that beets are a great to boost your stamina to help exercise longer, improve blood flow, and help lower blood pressure. Top these roasted beets with a balsamic glaze, pomegranate seeds and pistachios for the best flavor!
Balsamic Glazed Roasted Beets with Pomegranate Seeds and Pistachios
Prep Time: 10 mins
Cook Time: 40 mins
Total Time: 50 mins
- 3 pounds beets – scrubbed and cut into wedges not more than ¾ inch thick. If you prefer not to eat the peels, peel with a vegetable peeler before cutting.
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
- ½ teaspoon cumin seeds
- ½ teaspoon fennel seeds
- ¾ teaspoon salt
- ½ teaspoon cracked pepper
For the glaze:
- ½ cup balsamic vinegar
- 1 teaspoon maple syrupTopping:
- ½ cup pomegranate seeds
- ¼ cup crushed roasted pistachios
- 1 tablespoon orange zest, optional
- Pre-heat oven to 425F.
- Toss beets with olive oil, balsamic vinegar, cumin, fennel, salt, pepper in a bowl and coat well.
- Place on parchment lined baking sheet and roast until fork tender, stirring every 15 minutes, about 45 minutes.
- Make Balsamic Glaze by adding ingredients to a small sauce pan on medium low heat, and reduce 20 minutes or until you have about 3 tablespoons.
- When beets are cooked, plate and toss with the balsamic glaze, and sprinkle on pomegranate seeds and pistachios. Add a dash of orange zest if desired.
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About the author!
Pauline Fitzgerald is a Contributing Writer and Intern here at ISN and we’re so excited to have her working with us! Pauline is a Journalism Major at the University of Alabama and has a great passion for nutrition and wellness. Growing up in an Italian household, Pauline was exposed all types of food, and a healthy balanced lifestyle. Pauline loves to cook, try new recipes and learn about the benefits that each fruit and vegetable holds for the body; she also loves to try new exercise routines, and loves to share her passion!