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Heart Smart Roasted Red Beets with Walnut Vinaigrette

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Beets are a vegetable you rarely see on menus these days. But they have plenty of health boosting benefits. Roasting beets retains blood-pressure-lowering nutrients. The walnut dressing adds antioxidant vitamin E.

Makes four 1/2-c. servings.

6 fresh red beets
¼ c. walnuts
2 T. olive oil
2 T. balsamic vinegar

•    Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
•    Trim stems off beets, rinse, and wrap each beet in aluminum foil.
•    Place on a baking sheet and bake until soft, about 45 minutes.
•    Remove foil and peel skin off the beets. Cut into bite-size pieces and put in a bowl.

In a blender or food processor, mix together oil, vinegar and walnuts. Pour over beets and serve warm or at room temperature.

Nutritional Information per Serving: 152 calories, 2.4 g protein, 10.6 g carbohydrates, 11.6 g fat (1.4 g saturated), 0 mg cholesterol, 2.8 g fiber, 67 mg sodium.

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