Learn To Create Your Own Beets Recipe


Learn how to make a beets recipe from scratch. Our tasty beet cubes make a fun and pretty addition to any meal. Flavor matching takes away the guesswork.

There are many ways to cut your beets, including slicing and grating. But next time consider cubing your beets which add not only a fun texture to your meal, but create a beautiful presentation.

Vegan beet cubes with quinoa and an avocado half

Here's how easy it is...

Cut your beets into equal sized cubes -- your cubes need to be very close in size so they'll all cook evenly and finish at the same time. I chose to steam my beets because I feel it's the healthiest cooking technique, but choose the method you like best.

Place beets in a steamer of your choice and steam until tender, which will vary depending on how large or small you've cubed your beets. Figure on anywhere from 10-20 minutes. When they're fork tender, they're ready to be decorated with your favorite vegan toppings.

A quick look at the "Vegan Flavor Matches" on the VeganCoach.com Beets main page shows the following flavors can be used with success when flavoring your beets:

  • Allspice
  • Apples
  • Butter, non-dairy (I like organic Earth Balance)
  • Cheese, non-dairy
  • Chives
  • Cloves
  • Cream, non-dairy
  • Cucumber
  • Curry
  • Dill
  • Fennel
  • Ginger
  • Horseradish
  • Lemon
  • Mint
  • Mustard
  • Nutmeg
  • Onions
  • Oranges
  • Paprika
  • Parsley
  • Potatoes
  • Salt
  • Shallots
  • Sour Cream, non-dairy
  • Sucanat, organic (or Brown Sugar)
  • Tarragon
  • Vinaigrette
  • Vinegar (especially balsamic, sherry and white wine)
  • Walnuts
  • Walnut Oil
  • Watercress

Now, just because all of these flavors match a beet, doesn't necessarily mean they'll match each other.

But don't worry, you'll eventually learn which flavors will go well together (such as cucumber and dill) and which should be avoided (such as mint and oranges).

Just know that there is no magic formula! The greatest chefs in the world wing it and sometimes come up with a clunker. The only way to learn which flavors work together that agree with YOUR taste buds is to experiment. Begin with those flavors that you love and are familiar with right now.    :)

Here's what I chose for flavoring my beets -- this dish was definitely a winner.

  • Butter, non-dairy (I like organic Earth Balance)
  • Chives
  • Dill
  • Balsamic Vinegar

I simply melted the Earth Balance in a small saucepan, whisked in the remaining ingredients (all to taste), then poured over my steamed beet cubes and tossed.

If you don't have a steamer, you can heat a large frying pan with enough veggie broth to cover the bottom. Add your beet cubes. Cover, and simmer over low heat until tender. You may have to add more liquid throughout the 10-15 minute cook time. Then toss the flavorings directly into your beets and stir.

Beets are very dense and take a long time to cook. The smaller you make your cubes, the quicker they will cook.

I served my beets with a side of quinoa for a nice protein boost, 1/2 an avocado for some delectable healthy fats, and a dill pickle just for fun!

Hope this simple beets recipe has given you an idea of how to use the flavor matches found throughout our website. Go forth and cook!    :)



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