Boasting an earthy and herbaceous flavour with a touch of warmth, These Rosemary and Cinnamon Balsamic Glazed Beets are a delectable winter side that's sure to impress. Not only are they perfect for spicing up everyday dinners, but also make a festive addition to holiday meals.
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Whether looking for a simple way to enhance your roasted beets or an elegant side to serve with holiday meals, these Balsamic Glazed Beets are sure to impress. The combination of rosemary, cinnamon and balsamic vinegar brings a touch of magic to the earthy flavour of beets. Plus, your home will be filled with a delightful aroma as this dish bakes.
Not only a tasty and aromatic delight, These Cinnamon Roasted Beets are also a wholesome addition to your meals. Which is why they are a favourite to serve as an elegant holiday side that's also nutrient-dense and suitable for various dietary restrictions.
Plus, since they're even good cold, I love tossing the leftovers with mixed greens for a hearty winter salad. It makes a simple and delicious lunch! Another way I love to enjoy these roasted beets is served over whole grain jasmine rice for a nourishing autumn and winter side.
Health Benefits of Rosemary Cinnamon & Balsamic Roasted Beets
Antioxidant-rich. Cinnamon, beets and rosemary make a powerful combination of antioxidants that can contribute to combating oxidative stress, reducing inflammation and protecting against free radical damage.
Heart-healthy. Both cinnamon and beets have been linked to lower cholesterol levels, while rosemary is linked to improved circulation, making these Cinnamon and Rosemary Roasted Beets a delicious heart-healthy option.
Blood Sugar Balancing. Both beets and cinnamon have been found to positively affect insulin uptake and overall blood sugar regulation.
Beneficial to digestion and gut health. Beets are a favourite food for gut health and digestion. They're full of dietary and prebiotic fibre along with properties that protect the gut lining and reduce inflammation. On top of that, they are rich in digestive enzymes, which improve nutrient breakdown and absorption. Rosemary has also long been used to soothe the digestive system and alleviate gas and bloating. (Which can be especially helpful to serve with big holiday meals).
Vitamin and mineral-rich. Beets are an excellent source of many vitamins and minerals, including vitamin C, B6, folate, iron, carotenes and manganese.
Autumn & Winter: Beets are a wonderfully nutrient-rich winter vegetable, while cinnamon adds a touch of warmth. Making these Balsamic Glazed Beets a nourishing addition to autumn and winter meals.
How to Make Rosemary & Cinnamon Balsamic Glazed Beets
Making Cinnamon and Rosemary Balsamic Glazed Beets is an easy way to spruce up roasted beets. It only takes a few minutes of preparation and a handful of wholesome ingredients. Follow the steps below or watch the video!
What You Need
- Oven. An oven is required for these roasted beets.
- Roasting dish. For best results, a glass roasting dish with an oven-safe lid is required. However, you can use a baking sheet if needed.
- Vegetable peeler. While you can use a pairing knife, I find using a vegetable peeler much easier.
- Knife. A good knife is needed to chop the beets. I like using a chef's knife.
- Measuring spoons. You will need measuring spoons to measure the ingredients accurately.
- Raw beets. You will need 4 - 5 medium-large beets or about 4 cups of chopped and peeled beets.
- Fresh or dried rosemary. I much prefer to use fresh sprigs of rosemary. However, dried will also work.
- Ground cinnamon. To evenly coat the beets with the warm, sweet flavour of cinnamon, I find using ground works much better than sticks.
- Ground nutmeg. A dash of nutmeg adds a little extra warmth and earthiness, along with properties that soothe the digestive tract. Which can never hurt when it comes to large holiday feasts and hearty winter meals.
- Balsamic vinegar. The acidity and slight sweetness of balsamic vinegar bring balance to the rich earthiness of beets.
- Olive oil. A touch of olive oil cuts the acidity of the vinegar and prevents the beets from sticking and drying out.
- Himalayan salt. A sprinkle of mineral-rich Himalayan salt helps to marry the flavours together.
Step 1: Peel & Chop Raw Beets
First, preheat your oven to 350°F.
Then wash, peel and chop your beets into 1-inch cubes. You can also slice the beets for a more eye-catching presentation. Once your beets are chopped or sliced, place them in a roasting dish or bowl and set aside to prepare the balsamic glaze.
Step 2: Make Cinnamon Balsamic Glaze
In a small bowl, stir together the olive oil, balsamic vinegar, ground cinnamon, nutmeg and salt. Keep stirring until the ingredients are well combined.
Step 3: Toss Beets in Balsamic Glaze
Next, drizzle the cinnamon balsamic glaze over the beets. Use a spoon to toss the beets in the glaze, ensuring they are evenly coated.
Step 4: Add Fresh Rosemary
Chop or pull off the leaves of a fresh sprig of rosemary and sprinkle over the beets. Give them another stir to mix the rosemary in evenly.
Step 5: Oven Roast
If using a roasting dish, cover with an oven-safe lid and place in your preheated oven. Stirring halfway through, bake for 50 - 60 minutes or until the beets are tender. If your beets are thinly sliced or on a baking sheet, reduce the baking time to 30 - 40 minutes or until the beets are tender enough to your liking.
Step 6: Garnish & Serve
Once the beets are tender, remove from the oven and serve as is, or garnish with a few extra sprigs of fresh rosemary for display. These roasted beets are also delicious topped with lightly toasted pecans and walnuts and a sprinkle of cashew cheese or pasture-raised goat cheese. I like serving them on the side for everyone to top as they please.
Substitutions & Variations
Pure avocado oil can be used in place of pure extra virgin olive oil. Nutrition tip: It is best to avoid using vegetable or seed oils as they are not heat stable.
Omit the balsamic vinegar if needed. These Cinnamon Roasted Beets are still delicious without the balsamic vinegar and simply drizzled with a touch of olive oil.
Make them oil-free by omitting the olive oil and adding a teaspoon or so of water in place.
Add nuts and cheese for extra deliciousness. I love topping these Rosemary and Cinnamon Beets with lightly toasted pecans and/or walnuts with crumbled cashew or pasture-raised goat cheese.
What to Serve with Roasted Cinnamon & Rosemary Beets
Holiday meals. These Cinnamon and Rosemary Roasted Beets make a delightfully flavourful and aromatic holiday side. Whether serving turkey and potatoes or a plant-based main, these beets will surely add a touch of festive elegance to your holiday meal.
Winter salad. These Cinnamon Rosemary and Balsamic Beets make a delectable topping for hearty winter salads. Especially when going the extra mile to add pecans and walnuts with cashew or goat cheese.
Whole grain rice. I love serving these roasted beets over whole-grain jasmine rice whenever I need an easy winter warmer. However, you can use any rice of your choice. The combination makes a flavourful and hearty side to spice up simple mains.
How Long Do Roasted Beets Last?
These Cinnamon Roasted Beets are most delicious served warm and fresh out of the oven. However, they will last up to 3 days well-sealed and refrigerated. So, if needed they can be made ahead of time and simply reheated before serving. They also can be served cold over salad greens, making them great for lunches and potluck parties.
Tips to Make Rosemary & Cinnamon Balsamic Glazed Beets Perfectly
- Use fresh organic beets if possible. The fresher the beets, the easier they are to peel and the more flavour they will have.
- Use fresh rosemary. While you can use dried rosemary, fresh adds a more flavourful and festive touch.
- Roast in a glass dish covered with an oven-safe lid to lock in the flavour and moisture. Roasting on a baking sheet will work in a pinch. However, the beets will be slightly dryer with a little less flavour.
- Remove from the oven once tender to prevent the beets from shrivelling and becoming too sweet.
Why You'll Love This Recipe
Nurtient-dense. Full of vitamins, minerals and antioxidants, along with gut-loving and heart-healthy properties, these Cinnamon Rosemary Roasted Beets are nutrient-dense side that adds a touch of elegance.
Versatile. These roasted beets are delicious on their own, garnished with nuts and cheese or topped on rice and salad.
Suitable for many diets. These roasted beets are free of gluten, soy and added sugar. Without the extra garnishings, they are also nut and dairy-free, making them ideal for many dietary needs and preferences.
Easy to make. Only requiring a few minutes of preparation and a handful of simple ingredients, these roasted beets make an easy and wholesome side that's sure to impress.
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Rosemary & Cinnamon Balsamic Glazed Beets
- Roasting dish
- Vegetable peeler
- Measuring Spoons
- 4 - 5 Medium Large Beets (about 4 cups chopped)
- 1 Tablespoon Extra Virgin Olive Oil
- 2 Tablespoons Balsamic Vinegar
- ½ Teaspoon Ground Cinnamon
- 1 - 2 Sprigs Fresh Rosemary (or 1 - 2 teaspoons dried)
- ¼ Teaspoon Ground Nutmeg
- ¼ Teaspoon Himalayan Salt
- First, preheat your oven to 350°F.
- Then wash, peel and chop your beets into 1-inch cubes. You can also slice the beets for a more eye-catching presentation. Once your beets are chopped or sliced, place them in a roasting dish or bowl and set aside to prepare the balsamic glaze.
- In a small bowl, stir together the olive oil, balsamic vinegar, ground cinnamon, nutmeg and salt. Keep stirring until the cinnamon and nutmeg are well mixed.
- Next, drizzle the cinnamon balsamic glaze over the beets. Use a spoon to toss the beets in the glaze, making sure they are evenly coated.
- Chop or pull off the leaves of a fresh sprig of rosemary and sprinkle over the beets. Give them another stir to mix the rosemary in evenly.
- If using a roasting dish, cover with an oven-safe lid and place in your preheated oven. Stirring halfway through, bake for 50 - 60 minutes or until the beets are tender. If your beets are thinly sliced or on a baking sheet, reduce the baking time to 30 - 40 minutes or until the beets are tender enough to your liking.
- Once the beets are tender, remove from the oven and serve as is, or garnish with a few extra sprigs of rosemary for display. These roasted beets are also delicious topped with lightly toasted pecans and walnuts with a sprinkle of cashew cheese or pasture-raised goat cheese. I like serving them on the side for everyone to top as they please.