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Beetroot

Beetroot is a bit of a love or hate veg with kids, but the fun of the colour and the way it is prepared can make a big difference! Buy cooked beets for instant ready-to-eat affordable veg that can be served alongside a meal, chop into salads, grate into coleslaw or sandwiches, or blitz into dips to turn everything beautifully pink!
Seasonal Veg Beetroot
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Understanding Veg

Beetroot loves the colour so much it spreads it to everything – your plate, your other food, your mouth and even your poo and wee (don’t worry, it passes).

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Nutrition

They’re a good source of fibre, folate (vitamin B9), manganese, potassium and iron making them a powerhouse veg to support energy levels, making red blood cells and supporting heart health.

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Shopping Guide

Look out for beets that are on the smaller side with a strong maroon colour and bright leaves still attached. 

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Storage

To store raw beetroot, keep in a cool dark cupboard or even the fridge for up to a week. For cooked beetroot, keep in the fridge in its original packaging or a sealed container for up to 3-4 days.

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Serving Suggestions

Simply add pre-cooked beetroot to a salad, or buy raw and peel, cut into wedges, brush with olive oil and roast in a tin in a pre-heated oven at 190C/170C fan/Gas 5 for 40 mins – add a garlic clove, separated but unpeeled.

WATCH: Tom Hunt’s guide to preparing beetroot.

Coming In:

June

At Its Best:

July - January

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Engage

Here are some of our favourite ways to engage kids with beetroot:

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Your Food

Beetroot has a natural sweetness and beautiful colour many kids love, but not all are fans of the earthy flavour. Emphasise the sweetness with our simple sides and by adding beetroot to some of your family favourite dishes…

Use our simple beetroot side dishes and family favourite meals that work well with beets to bring everyone around to this fun finger-staining veg!
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Beetroot Dip – 2 Ways

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Claire Wright

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Beetroot & Apple Slaw

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Claire Wright

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Simple Roasted Beetroot

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Claire Wright

Sausage and Mash

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Family Favourites

Roast

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Family Favourites

Stew

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Family Favourite

Leftover Veg Salad | Veg Power

Leftover veg curried salad

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Claire Wright

Jason’s Rainbow Veg Kebabs

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Complexity: 2
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Jason Leonard OBE

Veggie Fries – 3 Ways

Effort: 2
Complexity: 2
Cost: 1

Claire Wright

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If You Like them Beets…Try

Does your child enjoy beetroot? That’s great! Beetroot are usually soft, savoury and earthy, even a little sweet, so why not try a similar texture and/or taste…

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Serving

The moments before food is offered can be a perfect opportunity for engagement that can help make it more likely a child will eat it!

The first thing to do is remove the pressure. If the veg doesn’t get eaten, it’s not the end of the world. There will be other days, other dinners, other chances. Fun is key here – try not to worry about mess, perfect table manners, or playing with food. Instead, focus on making the process of getting the food to the plates, readying the table, and the actual eating relaxed.

Try making one of our simple beetroot sides (like simple roasted beets) and ask your child to help with one small part of the recipe (wrapping the beetroots in tin foil can be fun, and an older child could help you with setting the oven and peeling when it’s cooled a bit).

While the beetroot cooks, ask your child to come up with a fun pink or purple colour theme for setting the table to celebrate the colour of this beautiful root!

The Wonderful World of Veg

Check out our vegepedia. When to buy in-season. How to store them to keep for longer. How to engage children with each veg, and simple ideas of how to prepare and cook them for maximum taste and minimum waste. Select a veg…

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