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10 Winter Vegetables Grilled to Perfection

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Beets

Take a break from heavy holiday desserts by grilling these naturally sweet beets.
Take a break from heavy holiday desserts by grilling these naturally sweet beets.
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If your only experience with beets is with the canned or boiled varieties, you won't believe how great grilled beets can taste. Loaded with fiber and vitamins, beets are known for their distinctive flavor and rich red coloring. They have a natural sweetness but are surprisingly low in calories, making them the perfect side dish or dessert for those counting calories [source: Shulman].

When grilling beets, look for fresh varieties at grocery stores or farmers' markets. Peel the beet and slice it into sections about 1/4-inch thick. Brush the tops of each slice with olive oil, then grill until the beets are tender when pierced with a fork. Add salt and pepper to offset the beets' natural sweetness, or leave them plain and serve after dinner as a low-fat treat.

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