Not only can we cook the beets, but we can also eat the beet leaves! I followed this recipe.

Sauteed Beet Leaves

1 1/2lbs beet greens (including the stems)
2 garlic cloves, minced
1/4  crushed red pepper flakes, optional
2 Tbsp oil
1 1/2 Tbsp lemon juice
Salt, to taste

Thoroughly rince the leaves and stalks, but do not dry. Remove the stems, and cut into 1/2″ pieces. Coarsely chop the leaves. Keep separate.

Heat oil in a large skillet, adding garlic and pepper until oil is fragrant and garlic is just beginning to color (approx 1 minute).

Add the stems, and season with salt*. Cook, stirring occasionally, until nearly tender, 2-3 minutes.

Add beet leaves and cook partially covered, 3-5 minutes to desired tenderness.

Remove from heat, season with lemon juice and serve immediately.

*Beets are naturally high in sodium, so you may only need a pinch of salt.

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