Green Beans, Leeks, and Roasted Golden Beets #glutenfree

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Sometimes when I have a few extra veggies in the fridge from other recipes, combining them makes a good side dish. In this case I had green beans, a leek and golden beets.

Green Beans, Leeks, and Roasted Golden Beets

Golden beets (usually come in a bunch of three)
1 medium leek
2 handfuls fresh green beans
3 Tbsp butter (or extra virgin olive oil)
salt
fresh ground pepper
agave
balsamic vinegar

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First step is to roast the golden beets.  So beautiful, aren’t they?  Wash and scrub them with a potato brush to remove the dirt.  Cut off the ends.  Drizzle with olive oil and sprinkle with salt.

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Wrap up in the foil and roast in the oven at 375 degrees for about one hour.  Use either foil or a metal baking sheet to catch any drippings on the rack below.   When they are done, let them cool before handling.  Peel of the skin and cut into slices.  Store in a glass container in the fridge until ready to use in a recipe.

Meanwhile soak the green beans and chopped leaks in a vinegar and water solution.  It is easier to do this separately because they will be cooked separately.   Cook the green beans — I usually steam them in the microwave for 4 minutes and let them sit for a bit.

Add butter (or olive oil) and leeks to a skillet.  Cook until leeks are tender, about 10 minutes.  Add salt, pepper, and a splash of agave.  Add the cooked green beans and golden beets.  Toss to coat with the leeks and butter.  Remove from heat and add a splash of balsamic vinegar before serving. Super simple and very delicious!

Deana Larkin Evans

Hi! I'm Deana. This food blog is all about cooking wholesome real food and developing gluten free recipes for some of our favorite comfort foods. I also create weekly menus to save time and money while reducing stress and food waste. I had to start eating gluten-free in 2010 and dairy/casein-free (except for the occasional Parmesan or goat cheese) in 2014. I'm kind of a science nerd, too. In the '90s, I earned an undergrad degree in biochemistry from The University of Texas at Austin. Hook 'em! Then followed up with a PhD in biochemistry and a law degree from the University of Houston. I recently earned a certificate in genomics/sequence analysis from Johns Hopkins University, where I also took a very cool food microbiology course.

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