I love beets. I grate them raw for salads or slaw. They are great in soup, with stir fry, sautéed with other root veggies, or juiced for breakfast. But my favorite way to prepare beets is baking. It brings out their natural sweetness.
To prepare, I scrub the beets, cut them in half and put them in a baking pan. After a drizzle with olive oil and sea salt I bake them at 350ºF or so for about 45 minutes to an hour (depends on how big the beets are) until tender. Once cool the outer skin easily peels off. Serve warm with another drizzle of good olive oil and some fresh thyme. So good!
"Beets are an excellent source of the B vitamin, folate, and a very good source of manganese and potassium. Beets are a good source of dietary fiber, vitamin C, magnesium, iron, copper and phosphorus. They also contain powerful nutrient compounds that help protect against heart disease, birth defects and certain cancers, especially colon cancer."