I'd say most folks either love or hate beets. There really aren't that many ways typical Americans eat them. Cold on the salad bar just doesn't do them justice. They are a powerhouse of nutrition... full of folate, vitamin c and fiber. Beets are also a unique source of phytonutrients called betalains which have been shown to provide antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, and detoxification support. Here's a new twist on the cooked beet that I think can turn even the pickiest of eaters into a beet fan. This can be done with either the beets or the beet greens!
Boil the beets for about 20 minutes or until soft. drain and peel (usually the skins just slip off while rubbing under water). Leave the beets warm or refrigerate... this recipe works either way. Toss them with a little olive oil, salt, pepper, and a tsp of orange zest. Top with walnuts and blue cheese (can also be goat cheese- kids tend to prefer it's milder flavor).