Beet Cubes – Beets can’t be beat!
Do you like tricking your kids? Me too! One of my kids has a mouth on her (where does she get that from??) and she will go back and forth with me about everything. She’s usually pretty good about eating her vegetables but sometimes I just don’t feel like arguing. That’s when I mix these beets into their food. You want princess mac and cheese? Sure, let’s make them extra pink!
I discovered beet cubes when I was making baby food…that seems like such a long time ago! When I made beets I made it in bulk so I started freezing it in cubes. As the kids got older, I found new ways to sneak it into their food! Over time, I figured out which vegetables complemented the dishes we were already making. Oddly enough, beets were one of the winners!
Beets are packed with health benefits ranging from improving anemia and constipation to providing vitamins, calcium, magnesium and iron. They also contain naturally occurring nitrates which can help to increase circulation and decrease blood pressure. Before you panic, know that natural nitrates are not the same as nitrates in processed foods.
Using raw beets will provide the most nutrition. Though you could cook the beets before blending them, there is no reason to do that. You will save a lot of time and energy by just blending the raw beet!
How to use Beet cubes?
I always have a bag of beet cubes in my freeze because I never know when i’ll need it! These cubes can be defrosted in the microwave for just a few seconds and then mixed in to almost anything. The absolute favorite for the kids is this recipe for Princess Mac n Cheese
I also like to mix it into waffle batter, soups, smoothies and pancake batter. Just look at these pink pancakes!
Our newest obsession is mixing a beet cube into hummus…..yum.
This recipe is so simple! it does require a little time since you will need to freeze the cubes but it is so worth it!
Let me know if you discover some new ways to use these beet cubes!
Now Make them:
First, start with fresh beets and cut off the greens. I used 3 beets
Scrub them under water until all the dirt is removed. Cut off the very top and bottoms of the beets. Then cut them in half and put them in a blender. I use my Vitamix but a Ninja or food processor will work too.
Add about 1/4 cup – 1/2 cup of water. You just want enough water to allow the beets to spin in the blender. You really can’t add too much water, so don’t worry if it ends up looking watery.
Blend until it has a smooth, creamy consistency. Transfer to an ice cube tray and freeze. I like to use these: Tovolo Silicone Trays . The cubes are larger than a standard ice cube, but smaller than the trays made for baby food. It’s the perfect amount. It is also flexible so it is easy to pop out the frozen cubes. Just pop the tray in the freezer until set. Transfer the cubes to a freezer bag or other freezer safe container.
Try mixing these into a variety of foods. You’ll be surprised how well the sweet flavor of beets blends in to food you’re already eating!
This concept can be used for a number of different vegetables. Think carrots, broccoli, asparagus and Sweet potatoes. These Tovolo cubes are perfect for all these click the link below to try them out!