MARION, N.Y., Dec. 14 The holidays are right around the corner, and so is extra help! When looking for a festive and memorable dish, one easy solution may surprise you - use jarred pickled beets. Beets add color and pizzazz to holiday appetizers and side dishes. Plus, just in time, Aunt Nellie's has spruced up its web site - www.AuntNellies.com - with how-to videos, a full recipe library and a special sign-up offer.
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Deanna Segrave-Daly, RD, LDN, a registered dietitian and recipe developer, has partnered with Aunt Nellie's to show how best to use beets. Using her culinary talents, Deanna offers tips on how great tasting dishes can be prepared while still focusing on nutrition.
"You can't beat (pun intended) the ease and convenience of jarred pickled beets," says Deanna, "because the peeling and pickling have been done for you. This holiday season, you're only a jar away from creative, delicious appetizer and side dish recipes."
Deanna also notes that recent research confirms that certain vegetables, particularly beets, are antioxidant-rich. Antioxidants are thought to be key in promoting good health, and may help prevent problems such as heart disease, cancer, memory loss, and more. Color is one clue to choosing antioxidant-rich vegetables. Those with the most intense colors - deep red, yellow, orange, dark green - offer the best benefits.
The Quickest Pickled Beets Ideas Ever:
-- Grab a jar of pickled beets for a spur-of-the-moment side dish. Remove the lid, microwave, drain, and place in a favorite holiday bowl. Dress up with curled orange peel. -- Make a salad dressing using the liquid from the beets as the base. Or, stir the liquid into your favorite prepared vinaigrette dressing for added zip. -- Top a simple green salad with pickled beets, goat cheese and pistachios. -- Thread a cube of cheese and a piece of pickled beet on a pretzel stick for a creative hors d'oeuvre. -- Puree beets and stir into whipped cream cheese. Serve with whole grain crackers.
SOURCE Seneca Foods