Beet with Fennel Yogurt Sauce

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Image by Rosemary Ratcliff at


Prep and Cook Time: 20 minutes


  • 4 small whole beets, cut into quarters


  • ½ cup plain nonfat yogurt
  • 1 TBS dijon mustard
  • 3 medium cloves garlic, pressed
  • 1 tsp fennel seed
  • 1 tsp fresh lemon juice
  • 2 TBS ground sunflower seeds
  • 2 TBS olive oil
  • salt & pepper to taste


  1. Fill the bottom of a steamer with 2 inches of water.
  2. While the water is coming to a boil, wash beets, leaving 2 inches of tap root and 1 inch of the stem on the beets. Cut beets into quarters. Do not peel.
  3. Steam covered for 15 minutes. Beets are cooked when you can easily insert a fork on the tip of a knife into the beet. Although some of their colorful phytonutrients are lost to the steaming water, there is plenty of color and nutrients left in the beets.
  4. While beets are cooking, press or chop garlic and let sit for 5 minutes to bring out their health-promoting properties.
  5. After garlic has sat for 5 minutes, put all sauce ingredients except olive oil in blender. While blending drizzle olive oil slowly to emulsify.
  6. Set beets aside to cool enough to handle.
  7. Peel, and cut beets into bite size pieces. Toss beets with dressing and serve.

Serves 2-4

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