Roasted Golden Beets with Orange and Thyme

by cakeduchess on January 5, 2012 · 32 comments


I mentioned in my last post that I will eat much healthier this year than in past years. My plan is to try to incorporate the most delicious veggie dishes in my diet every day. There will still be sweets.;)
I’ve been wanting to make something with beets. I finally came across some golden beets at Whole Foods the other day.
I just knew when I found these beets that they would go in a delicious and healthy salad for lunch one day. So I bought them and let them sit in the back of my veggie drawer in the fridge. They sat there for about 2 weeks.
Then I received my January issue of Martha Stewart’s Everyday Food and the recipe I wanted to try was right there on page 109. She uses red beets in the recipe. I had all the ingredients except for the fresh thyme.
No problem with that since my next door neighbors have the most gorgeous herbs in pretty pots scattered around their front yard. While the beets were roasting, I snuck over and pinched a bunch of their pretty thyme and the recipe was ready to be made.

Thanks, Eric! Love your herb garden.

Are you with me in getting more veggies in your diet this year? If you’re a beet lover like me, grab your red or golden beets and try this recipe! These beets are absolutely FABULOUS! They smell incredible and so sweet while they’re roasting.  I ate the whole thing for dinner. I couldn’t resist. I just bought some red beets and can’t wait to make again tomorrow. 

Roasted Golden Beets with Orange and Thyme
source: Everyday Food January 2012


1 1/2 pounds beets
1 teaspoon extra-virgin olive oil
salt and pepper to taste
2 tablespoons red-wine vinegar
1 teaspoon honey
1/4 fresh orange juice
2 teaspoons finely grated orange zest
2 teaspoons fresh thyme leaves


Preheat oven to 425 F. Scrub, peel, and cut the beets into 1-inch pieces.

Place cubed beets on large piece of foil on a baking sheet. Drizzle with 1 teaspoon extra-virgin olive oil. Mix it all up with your hands (clean hands) and season with sea salt and ground pepper.

Fold foil around the beets and crimp the ends to form a packet. Roast until tender when pierced with a knife, about 45 minutes.

Transfer beets to a large bowl and drizzle with red-wine vinegar, honey and orange juice. Top with finely grated orange zest and fresh thyme leaves. *I adjusted these ingredients to my taste.

What healthy recipes are you trying this month?

{ 32 comments… read them below or add one }

Lynn @ I'll Have What She's Having January 5, 2012 at 1:37 am

The beets are so pretty! It sounds like a great recipe.
I try to eat veggies every day, but I find it difficult in the winter. I need to make it a priority!


Nisrine M. January 5, 2012 at 1:47 am

I have yet to try golden beets. I don’t like red beets but the color of these makes them look soo appetizing and the recipe definitely highlights them well.


laurie January 5, 2012 at 1:50 am

I am with you ,, trying to get more vegies in our diet, i like beets but hate the mess, I usually make just beet pickles, I will look for these golden beets for certain,, thanks for sharing, and thanks for visitng,,


Pacheco Patty January 5, 2012 at 2:03 am

So pretty, I could eat this every day, isn’t it great that some healthy foods are so delicious;-)


Cookie Party January 5, 2012 at 2:43 am

Thumbs up on the health…ier eating plan for 2012! This recipe sounds delicious, I love the idea of the orange with the beets! For those that mentioned the mess of red beets, I wear a pair of dispoable gloves and peel them in advance of roasting, I find that peeling after roasting makes more of a mess! Also, if you are looking for some healthy recipe inspiration, I will be posting some on the blog this month too!


Mari @ Mari's Cakes January 5, 2012 at 3:04 am

I love the color of these beats! This dish looks very tasty!

Have a great one :)


A Thought For Food January 5, 2012 at 3:41 am

I will pretty much eat beets in any form but roasted golden beets are magical. And I love the addition of bright flavors like orange and thyme


Baking Serendipity January 5, 2012 at 3:47 am

I am definitely with you on the more veggies resolution. This looks like an awesome way to incorporate them. I’ve never tried golden beets before and am always up for something new :)


Kiri W. January 5, 2012 at 4:11 am

These look gorgeous! :) I’d love to try beets with thyme!


Cookin' Canuck January 5, 2012 at 4:36 am

These beets are so beautiful and it’s wonderful that you have access to fresh herbs right now (my plants are frozen solid at the moment).


Lisa January 5, 2012 at 4:39 am

I just started liking beets a year ago. I wish I could get back all the years I missed enjoying them! These are gorgeous, Lora, and with the orange, honey and thyme, no doubt delicious. Great to have a neighbor loaded with beautiful herbs. The frost already annihilated some of mine..time to bring some inside and baby them through the winter – and thyme has survived thus far :)


Shulie January 5, 2012 at 4:56 am

Ooh this salad looks fantastic, reminds me I need to pick up some beets. SO that is what you’ve done with the herbs from your neighbor’s yard!! :)


Terra January 5, 2012 at 5:27 am

I used to be afraid of beets, I always thought the flavor would be awful. Then I worked with a wonderful Chef in Tucson, AZ. He had me try a golden beet, I was shocked, amazed, and in love! A golden beet has the most gorgeous flavor, I love the idea of adding Orange and thyme, sounds wonderful! I am big on incorporating healthy into the treats I already love:-) So I made a baked doughnut finally. I am excited to make soup this weekend:-) Hugs, Terra


Ann January 5, 2012 at 7:06 am

These look amazing! I got a chuckle out of you sneaking some herbs from your neighbor! Thanks for making these – I’m crazy about beets!


Sudha January 5, 2012 at 7:34 am

This is so healthy – thanks a lot for sharing!I too have a resolution to start the New Year on a healthy note and have an event running for that.Do drop in sometime for a peek:)I’m njoying your recipes in the meantime – love them!


Maris (In Good Taste) January 5, 2012 at 12:16 pm

Golden beets are new to me but not for long! This looks so healthy and delicious.


Suzi January 5, 2012 at 2:10 pm

I love beets! I have never seen the golden beets before but I will be on the look out now. What a fabulous recipe. Thanks for posting this. Hooray for beets.


Claudia January 5, 2012 at 2:54 pm

Yes it’s vegetable time and this dish celebrates it as much as we celebrate sweet in December!


The Mom Chef January 5, 2012 at 4:03 pm

I’d love to find some golden beets like that. They’re gorgeous. Very jealous of your neighbor’s herbs as well. The temps in the teens over the past few nights have done in the few I had struggling to survive.

Yes, eating healthier is on our menu as well.


Nancy January 5, 2012 at 5:40 pm

I just bought some beautiful yellow beets at the store yesterday and if I have extras I know EXACTLY what I am going to make – this! Love the simplicity of this dish!


EA-The Spicy RD January 5, 2012 at 9:49 pm

Oh my goodness, these look and sound so yummy! I used to not be a beet eater, but I’ve been lovin’ them the past several years. The great think about beets is that they can hide out in your fridge for awhile and not go bad :-) Even better, that you were able to use your neighbors thyme! Cheers to eating more veggies in 2012!


Jennifurla January 5, 2012 at 10:06 pm

I can never find golden beets, want.


Krissy's Creations January 5, 2012 at 10:14 pm

I love golden beets! It’s always a hunt to find them, but once I do, I eat them all up :). Great recipe to incorporate more veggies into your diet.


Anh January 5, 2012 at 10:44 pm

wow the color of the beet is so lovely!


Eliotseats January 6, 2012 at 3:04 am

I used to hate beets (probably because growing up I never had them if they weren’t out of a tin can). Now I love them roasted (when they come out of the garden.)


BigFatBaker January 6, 2012 at 4:26 am

I love beets! The golden ones look so pretty too. I am trying to eat more veggies so this will be a perfect side dish one night soon!


Deb January 6, 2012 at 4:33 am

The golden beets are an elegant color! This recipe would be a wonderful alternative to my usual preparation of roasting. Luckily the heartier herbs in my garden are still producing: thyme, sage, mint, rosemary and even the parsley.


Beth Michelle January 6, 2012 at 8:25 am

I love the color of these beets! They are so pretty and probably dont stain your hands as bad! I havent seen any golden beets here in Israel but there is always an abundance of red beets. I will have to try this!


Lizzy Do January 6, 2012 at 12:50 pm

Oh, I LOVE beets! And since I’m the only fan in the house, I can make a whole batch just for me! Perfect with thyme…mmmmmmmm.


Annapet January 6, 2012 at 4:50 pm

I LOVE BEETS, and roasted is the way to go! I shall start some seeds TODAY!


Savory Sweet Living January 6, 2012 at 5:07 pm

I love the golden color of these beets, so pretty! I agree we all need to eat more veggies and more healthy in the new year. Happy Happy 2012!


Paula January 8, 2012 at 3:33 pm

Anything with fresh herbs added is wonderful. These golden beets look great and you are certainly off to a great start of eating healthier this year :)


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