Apr 032014

Beets and Sweets

Nothing’s more delicious than a well roasted sweet potato! And people who say they don’t like beets are often people who’ve never tasted a beet! Try this easy, hearty recipe with your family and let us know how it goes!

Level: Easy
Cost: $$$$
Nutrition: ♥♥♥
Skills: Cutting into cubes, measuring, two-step roasting
Garden Candy Basics - fundamental vegucation for everybody!

6 medium beets, peeled and cut into chunks
2 ½ tablespoons olive oil
1 teaspoon garlic powder
½ teaspoon salt
½ teaspoon ground black pepper
1 teaspoon brown sugar
a pinch of cayenne pepper
3 medium sweet potatoes, cut into chunks
1 large sweet onion, chopped


  1. Preheat oven to 400°.
  2. In a medium-sized bowl, toss the beets with ½ tablespoon of the olive oil to coat.
  3. Spread in a single layer on a baking sheet.
  4. Bake beets for fifteen minutes.
  5. While the beets are cooking, mix the remaining 2 tablespoons of olive oil, garlic powder, salt, pepper, brown sugar and cayenne pepper in another bowl.
  6. Add the sweet potatoes and onion to the mixture and mix well until everything is combined and the potatoes are well coated.
  7. After baking the beets for fifteen minutes, remove beets from oven and mix sweet potato mixture with the beets on the baking sheet.
  8. Return pan to the oven and continue baking about 45 minutes, stirring the vegetables after 20 minutes.
  9. Remove from oven when all vegetables are tender.
  10. Serve warm.
  11. Serves 6


Very excitable and prone to fits of glee, Christine cooks on a vintage 1950 General Electric double-oven stove, does not have a dishwasher unless you count the husband, and is guilty of posting cat cuteness on the interwebs. She photographs and blogs about food and other joyful topics from her home in Vermont.

Co-Author of Garden Candy Basics

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