A Simple Beets Recipe: Roasted Beets With Balsamic Glaze

In a previous post I provided 8 Foods You Need In Your Nutrition Plan. One of the foods that I mentioned in that list is beets. In today’s post I have a great beets recipe for you.

I believe that an important aspect of eating healthy is to keep it simple. I’m busy, you’re busy, we’re all busy, and most of the time, none of us have the time to make complicated meals.

Information About Beets

Beets are full of vitamins A, B1, B2, B6 and C.  Additionally, they are a terrific source of calcium, magnesium, copper, phosphorus, sodium and iron.

Beets are also a source of choline, folic acid, iodine, manganese, organic sodium, potassium, fiber, carbohydrates, and iron, which makes beets ideal as an excellent blood building food.

beets recipe

Without having a beets recipe of my own to provide, I searched the internet for one that I could brand with my JohnnyFit seal of approval. Below is a beets recipe originally published on Simply Recipes.

Beets Recipe – Roasted Beets with Balsamic Glaze

Cook time: 1 hour, 15 minutes


  • 2 pounds red beets, medium sized, scrubbed clean, green tops removed
  • Olive oil
  • Salt
  • 1/2 cup balsamic vinegar
  • 2 teaspoons sugar
  • 1 teaspoon grated orange zest
  • Freshly ground black pepper


  1. Preheat oven to 400°F. Line a roasting pan with aluminum foil. Place the beets in the pan. Rub olive oil over the beets, and sprinkle with salt. Cover the beets with another sheet of aluminum foil. Roast for 1 to 2 hours, depending on the size of the beets and how old they are. After 1 hour, test every fifteen minutes by poking a beet with the tines of a fork. Once the fork tines go in easily, the beets are tender and cooked. Remove from the oven.
  2. While the beets are cooling, prepare the balsamic glaze. In a small, shallow sauté pan, add the balsamic vinegar and sugar. Heat on high until the vinegar has reduced to a syrup consistency. Remove from heat.
  3. After the beets have cooled for several minutes, but are still warm to the touch, peel off the outer skins and discard. Cut the beets into quarters or more, bite-sized pieces.
  4. Place beets in a serving bowl. Pour balsamic glaze over the beets. Stir in grated orange zest, and add salt and pepper to taste.

Garnish with a little orange zest to serve.

Serves 6 to 8

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