Beets are a pretty cool vegetable, did you know that you can eat the greens that are growing on top? In fact they are related to spinach and are just as healthy! So for economizing you can’t do much better than a fresh beet – you get two fantastic vegetables for the price of one, and they’re in season right now. For the best beets with the freshest greens, ask your grocery store if they are carrying any from a local farm (the Whole Foods on Cedar/Warrensville does, and they’re huge and delicious).
Here’s a recipe I found recently, for a Beet and Orange Salad, which provides an excellent way to make the beets and beet greens together. It’s simple and tasty, and while it takes a bit of time to cook the beets, it’s not time you need to spend in the kitchen – just pop the beets in the oven and forget about them for 90 minutes, then do the rest of the recipe, which only take 10 minutes or so. If you want to kick this up even more, try crumbling a little blue cheese or goat cheese on top. You’ll find the same kind of salad at fancy restaurants for $10 or $12 a piece – and you can do the same at home for your whole family for way less! Enjoy!