The eye-catching nature of red flannel hash belies its sturdily economical roots as the way to use up vegetables leftover from a New England boiled dinner. Beets are the key ingredient, and we added pastrami to give smoke and savor to the sweet root vegetables.
The familiar beet-and-goat-cheese salad gets a fresh, vibrant update with Swiss chard and yellow and candy-striped beets tossed in a sweet, tangy honey-lavender dressing. Use a mandoline or other adjustable-blade slicer (or a sharp chef's knife) to thinly slice the baby beets.
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.