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AUBURN UNIVERSITY, Ala. –  On this Food Friday, it is finally fall. What better way to dive into fall vegetables with the Live Well Alabama Kitchen than by cooking up Roasted Beets and Sweets?

“You can’t beat beets! This root veggie is packed with nutrients, like folate—an important vitamin before and during pregnancy. They are surprisingly sweet when roasted, which makes them delicious with sweet potatoes.”

-Katie Funderburk, Alabama Extension nutrition specialist and registered dietitian 


  • 1 can sliced beets, not pickled, 14.5 ounces
  • Cooking spray
  • 2 sweet potatoes, peeled and diced
  • 1 onion, diced
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon honey
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon pepper

Pro Tips

Line baking sheet with foil to keep veggies from sticking. Make it colorful! Add sliced green, red or orange bell peppers.


Preheat oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit. Then drain beets and pat dry. Spray baking sheet with cooking spray. In large bowl, combine all ingredients and mix well. Place mixture on baking sheet and bake for 35 minutes or until fork tender. 

Want to learn more? Step by step instructions for the Roasted Beets and Sweets recipe, as well as an instructional video, are available at LiveWellAlabama.com.

Live Well Alabama

Live Well Alabama is a Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program-Education (SNAP-Ed) initiative developed by the Alabama Cooperative Extension System at Auburn University. This initiative reaches residents across the state with research-based education.

“Our recipes are great for getting kids to help in the kitchen,” Funderburk said. “Kids are more likely to try new foods when they helped make them.”

Eating healthy doesn’t have to be difficult or expensive. Live Well Alabama provides numerous recipes that are simple and budget friendly.

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