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Roasted Beets With Orange Sauce

This colorful side dish comes alive with orange flavor

Recipe Source: Deliciously Healthy Dinners


1½ lb small beets, leaves trimmed, each peeled and cut into four chunks

1 tsp olive oil

1 orange, rinsed (for peel and juice)

½ tsp anise seeds (optional)

Photograph of the completed recipe.
calories 59
Total fat 0 g
Saturated fat 0 g
Cholesterol 0 mg
Sodium 88 mg
Total fiber 4 g
Protein 2 g
Carbohydrates 12 g
Potassium 387 mg


  • 1
    Preheat oven to 450 °F.  Cover a baking sheet with aluminum foil for easy cleanup.

  • 2
    In a medium bowl, toss the beets with the olive oil until well coated.

  • 3
    Spread beets on baking sheet in a single layer.

  • 4
    Bake 30–40 minutes.  When done, beets should be easily pierced with a sharp knife.

  • 5
    While beets bake, grate the zest from the orange.  Place in a small bowl.  Cut the orange in half.  Squeeze the juice (about ½ cup) into the bowl with the orange zest. (Use a large spoon to press the inside of the orange to extract more juice.)  Add anise seeds (optional).  Set aside.

  • 6
    When the beets are tender, return them to the tossing bowl.  Pour the juice mixture over the beets.  Mix well to coat, and serve.

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