Throwing away the beet tops is like tossing a gorgeous strand of human hair instead of donating it. What a weird analogy. It’s a shame not to cook those flavorful Swiss chard-like leaves. Particularly when organic and intact. They are nutritious however I wouldn’t eat them raw because they’re hard to digest. We are not cows, we only have one stomach.
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Sautéed Beet Leaves with Eggs
- 1 bunch beet leaves - washed carefully (soak in cold water to remove dirt)
- 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
- ½ teaspoon turmeric powder
- ¼ cup water
- 1 tablespoon avocado or olive oil
- 2 large eggs
- Chop the stems of the beet finally and the leaves slightly thicker. Put in a medium skillet with 1/4 cup water over high heat. Add the spices, season with salt and toss. Cook on high heat for 1-2 minutes then lower the heat to medium. Cook until the leaves are tender and most of the water evaporated.
- Drizzle oil over the leaves and break the eggs over them. Cover the skillet and cook for 3 – 5 minutes, until the egg white is thoroughly cooked but the egg yolks are still runny, or however you like your eggs. Sprinkle black pepper or sumac and serve with grape tomatoes, avocado, toast, or whatever you have or love.