Whole-grain spaghetti gets striking color from a quick toss with pureed beets (a prime source of the phytonutrient betalain). Sun-dried tomatoes -- richer in lycopene than fresh ones -- lend the sauce a caramelized sweetness.
Diced roasted beets (and crisp cucumber) are like colorful confetti on top of grilled asparagus. Roasting is a great way to cook beets; it concentrates juices, intensifies flavor, and yields tender roots.
Tender, with a hint of crusty char, chef Bill Taibe's grilled beets make a tasty addition to any summer gathering.Also try: Grilled Radicchio with Lemon and Pine Nuts, Grilled Potato and Pickled Green Garlic Salad