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Cook Beets in Minutes With This Genius Hack

Cooking Light Logo Cooking Light | Slide 1 of 7: At Cooking Light, we're big fans of beets. Once an underdog vegetable boiled into submission (and occasionally used as a form of childhood punishment), the gorgeous ruby veg now shines as a star ingredient in flavorful recipes like Beet Salad with Bacon and Onion, a Tricolored Beet Tart, or this Can't Be Beet Goat Cheese Pie.  There's just one caveat with beets: They're way better fresh, and roasting beets can be a pretty involved, time-intensive process. Cooking Light's Executive Editor (and apparent keeper of all beet secrets), Ann Pittman, has a brilliant, time-saving solution—she microwaves her beets. Ann's clever trick yields perfect, fork-tender beets in a fraction of the time as the oven. This helpful guide breaks down each step so you can prep and cook a delicious batch of beets for dinner in no time.

How to Microwave Beets

At Cooking Light, we're big fans of beets. Once an underdog vegetable boiled into submission (and occasionally used as a form of childhood punishment), the gorgeous ruby veg now shines as a star ingredient in flavorful recipes like Beet Salad with Bacon and Onion, a Tricolored Beet Tart, or this Can't Be Beet Goat Cheese Pie.

There's just one caveat with beets: They're way better fresh, and roasting beets can be a pretty involved, time-intensive process. Cooking Light's Executive Editor (and apparent keeper of all beet secrets), Ann Pittman, has a brilliant, time-saving solution—she microwaves her beets.

Ann's clever trick yields perfect, fork-tender beets in a fraction of the time as the oven. This helpful guide breaks down each step so you can prep and cook a delicious batch of beets for dinner in no time.

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