While prepping sweet potatoes and maybe even chicken breast might be a part of your weekly meal prep routine, beets should be the newcomer. Think of them as the next wave of veggies to prep for colorful meals all week long.
So roast a big batch of beets and know that you can have tasty pickles and salads (goat cheese, anyone?) in your future at the drop of a hat. And that's just the beginning. There are a slew of things you can do with roasted beets you've prepped ahead. Here are five of our favorite unique ways to enjoy them.
1. Whirl them into hummus.
Once roasted, beets are tender enough to be used in place of chickpeas in an earthy hummus. Toss them in the food processor with garlic and tahini and blend until you've got a creamy, pretty pink dip.
Get the recipe: Creamy Beet & Tahini Dip
2. Bake them into chocolate cupcakes.
Yes, chocolate and beets may seem like an unlikely pairing, but trust us. The beets actually add sweetness and moisture to the cupcakes while helping to enhance their chocolatey flavor.
Get the recipe: Chocolate Beet Cupcakes with Sour Cream Ganache Frosting
3. Use them in a savory tart.
A simple savory tart, made extra easy with frozen puff pastry, is a great choice for a nice lunch or light dinner. Go for slices of red beets or roast a few different colors to really make the tart pop.
Get the recipe: Roasted Beet and Turnip Galette
4. Stuff them into a sandwich.
We think to fill our sandwiches with all sorts of tasty veggies, but for some reason beets often get left behind. They're actually a great sandwich stuffer that hold up well between slices of bread.
5. Blend them into pesto.
Who says pesto has to be green? Blend roasted beets with garlic, almonds, and olive oil for a vibrant pesto that's great tossed with pasta or spread on crostini or even pizza.
Get the recipe: Vegan Beet Pesto Pasta