Simple Series: Buttered Beets and Slowcooked Cinnamon Applesauce

“I don’t have time.” It’s the most common reason I hear people give for not eating more fresh produce. While there are plenty of all day recipes there are just as many or more quick and easy ways to incorporate fresh produce into your diet. That is the reason for the Simple Series. We will be posting a series of recipes that couldn’t be easier. They boast the simple flavors of the season with little fuss.

golden beets choppedButtered Beets (Two Ways)

There are golden beets in our Variety Boxes this week and I know just like I once did some will sigh thinking they just don’t have the time. Simple buttered beets couldn’t be better. If there are leftovers they are fantastic in a green salad or try searching our blog for beet salad recipe.


Bulk beets no tops: If you are busy but home rinse your beet roots well and wrap with foil. Put them in the oven at 375 degrees and go about your business until they are tender. It could be 45 minutes or more depending on how large they are. When done carefully peel, chop and season with a dash of salt and a pat of butter. Beets cooked this way have a deeper flavor than those cooked with a water method such as boiled or steamed.

Beets with Greens: Nobody is going to make you eat the greens. If you don’t like them yet, that’s okay. You can omit the final steps of adding in the greens.

Start by topping and peeling your beets. Slice them 1/4 inch thick and half or quarter depending on how big they are. Place them in a medium skillet along with half cup water. Turn on medium high and bring to a simmer. When simmering turn to medium low. Keep a close eye and stir occasionally. Meanwhile rinse and chop the greens. After a few minutes the beets will be crisp tender. Add in the greens, sprinkle with salt and add a pat of butter. Stir until wilted and serve.

Slow Cooked Cinnamon Applesauce

applesapplesauce jar

I personally think that home made applesauce is worth a few minutes. Here are a few reasons; it tastes better, it is very easy to make in huge batches, you don’t have to add any sugar or other preservatives, you can use other fruit to make varieties and children can make it. While applesauce is often eaten as a side dish or paired with pork it also is a fantastic addition to all kinds of baked goods. It adds both nutritional value, flavor and moisture. It also makes a nice hostess or neighbor gift. When you make applesauce at home you can make the consistency just like you want it.

Here’s how easy it is:

  1. Peel and core 5 lb. apples.
  2. Place the apples into a crock put with two cups water.
  3. Add cinnamon if desired – 1 teaspoon.
  4. Turn on low for 8 hours.
  5. Place in your blender and blend to desired consistency. You may want to let it cool first depending on your blender type.

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Owner @ Brown Box Organics.
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