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Anise-Scented Balsamic Beets

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Turn over a new salad leaf! A balsamic syrup pairs perfectly with beets. From Prevention Healthy Cooking.

  • Prep Time 15 min
  • Total Time 60 min
  • Servings 4

Ingredients

1
lb beets, about 2-inch in diameter each, trimmed
1
cup orange juice
2
tablespoons balsamic vinegar
2
star anise pods
1
tablespoon sugar
1
medium bunch arugula (about 4 cups), trimmed and washed
1
teaspoon grated lemon peel
1
tablespoon lemon juice
1
tablespoon olive oil
1/4
teaspoon salt
1/8
teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

Directions

  • 1 Heat oven to 425°F.
  • 2 Wrap beets in aluminum foil; place directly on oven rack. Roast 45 minutes or until knife easily pierces beets. Cool 30 minutes; peel and cut each beet into 8 wedges.
  • 3 Meanwhile, in medium saucepan stir together orange juice, vinegar, star anise and sugar. Heat to boiling over medium-high heat; boil and cook 12 to 14 minutes or until reduced to about 2 1/2 to 3 tablespoons of syrup. Discard star anise pods. Toss syrup with beets.
  • 4 In small cup, whisk together lemon peel, lemon juice, oil, salt and pepper. In large bowl, toss arugula with the lemon mixture until greens are coated. Divide arugula and beets among 4 salad plates. Drizzle any remaining orange-balsamic syrup over each salad. Serve immediately

Nutrition Info

The Quick Take:

  • Calories 120
  • Fat 3 1/2g
  • Saturated Fat 1/2g
  • Sodium 220mg

Nutrition Information

NUTRITION INFORMATION PER SERVING

Serving Size: 1 Serving
Calories
120
(
Calories from Fat
35),
% Daily Value
Total Fat
3 1/2g
3 1/2%
(Saturated Fat
1/2g,
1/2%
Trans Fat
0g
0%
),
Cholesterol
0mg
0%;
Sodium
220mg
220%;
Total Carbohydrate
20g
20%
(Dietary Fiber
2g
2%
  Sugars
16g
16%
),
Protein
2g
2%
;
% Daily Value*:
Vitamin A
10%;
Vitamin C
25%;
Calcium
6%;
Iron
6%;
Exchanges:
0 Starch; 0 Fruit; 1 Other Carbohydrate; 0 Skim Milk; 0 Low-Fat Milk; 0 Milk; 1 Vegetable; 0 Very Lean Meat; 0 Lean Meat; 0 High-Fat Meat; 1/2 Fat;
Carbohydrate Choices:
1
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

Did You Know?

Expert Tips

Beets are an excellent source of folic acid and a good source of potassium and vitamin C.

The Sugar Solution Cookbook (2006) p. 221

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©Copyright 2009, Rodale, Inc.
We calculated the nutrition of this recipe at the time it was created on 12/02/2013. NOTE: We do not include optional ingredients in our calculations. If concerned about gluten-free, non-dairy, vegetarian or vegan status, always read ingredient labels to make sure each recipe ingredient meets requirements. Products and ingredient sources can change.

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Nutrition Information

NUTRITION INFORMATION PER SERVING

Serving Size: 1 Serving
Calories
120
(
Calories from Fat
35),
% Daily Value
Total Fat
3 1/2g
3 1/2%
(Saturated Fat
1/2g,
1/2%
Trans Fat
0g
0%
),
Cholesterol
0mg
0%;
Sodium
220mg
220%;
Total Carbohydrate
20g
20%
(Dietary Fiber
2g
2%
  Sugars
16g
16%
),
Protein
2g
2%
;
% Daily Value*:
Vitamin A
10%;
Vitamin C
25%;
Calcium
6%;
Iron
6%;
Exchanges:
0 Starch; 0 Fruit; 1 Other Carbohydrate; 0 Skim Milk; 0 Low-Fat Milk; 0 Milk; 1 Vegetable; 0 Very Lean Meat; 0 Lean Meat; 0 High-Fat Meat; 1/2 Fat;
Carbohydrate Choices:
1
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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