Orange Roasted Beets with Pomegranate & Pistachio | Courtesy of Sweet Paul Magazine

Serves 4

3 lbs beets, peeled and cut into wedges
3 tablespoons olive oil
juice from ½ orange
salt & pepper, to taste
1 cup pomegranate seeds
¼ cup chopped pistachios
grated zest from 1 orange
balsamic glaze


1. Preheat oven to 425°F.
2. In a large bowl mix beets, oil, juice, salt, and pepper.
3. Spread the mixture on a large baking tray and roast the beets until soft. This will take about 15 minutes.
4. Take them out and sprinkle with pomegranate, pistachio, and orange zest.
5. Drizzle with glaze and serve.

Beets, what’s not to love? Amazing color, amazing taste, amazing everything! A very simple dish but with tons of strong and bold flavors. I love the added orange, it takes this dish to the next level.

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fun facts

Pistachios, when eaten with high-carbohydrate foods, may result in lower than expected blood sugar levels, an important factor in reducing risk of diabetes.

According to a Penn State University study, it is suggested that pistachios reduce the body's biological response to stress.

One serving of pistachios has as much potassium (300mg, 8%) as an orange (250mg, 7%).

Pistachios are high in phytosterols which may lower cholesterol levels and decrease the risk of heart disease. In animal studies phytosterols have been shown to potentially have anti-cancer properties.

One serving of pistachios is 49 nuts, more than any other tree nut.

Forty-nine pistachios serve up to 20 percent of your Daily Value of B6, about the same as half an avocado.

You can obtain more dietary fiber from a serving of pistachios (3g) than a 1/2 cup of cooked broccoli, and the same amount of dietary fiber as an orange or an apple — approximately 10 percent of the Daily Value.

Just a single serving of pistachios provides you with the same amount of protein in a one-ounce serving of soybeans and can serve as a protein alternative to meat, poultry or beans according to the USDA Food Guide Pyramid.

Pistachios are a naturally cholesterol-free snack and contain just 1.5 grams of saturated fat.

Celebrate the greatness of nuts! October 22 is National Nut Day and February 26 is National Pistachio Day!