Beets with Maple-Balsamic Glaze; puppy toys

My neighbor gave me some fresh beets.

I’ve never had fresh beets before. Normally, I buy them in the supermarket and they’re cooked, peeled, and packaged in shrink-wrap. Easy.

I found myself with a sack of dirty beets of all sizes, with roots attached.

Seemed like the perfect job for my Instant Pot.

This is a 2-step recipe. They have to be cooked and peeled before they can be used in a ‘recipe’.

Options are given in the notes.

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Beets with Maple-Balsamic Glaze

I had fresh beets that I first cooked in my Instant Pot. Stove-top & Instant Pot directions are in the notes.
The time for this recipe assumes cooked beets.

  • Author: Kate
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 10 minutes
  • Total Time: 15 minutes
  • Yield: 2 servings 1x
  • Category: Vegetables
  • Method: Skillet


  • 8oz (240gr) cooked beets, cut into bite-size chunks
  • 1 tbs butter
  • 2 tbs maple syrup
  • 2 tbs Balsamic vinegar
  • 1 tsp thyme


  • Sauté beets in butter until hot.
  • Add remaining ingredients and heat through.
  • Serve


  • Wash beets, cut off roots and cut beets in half or quarters to get similar sizes. Put beets on rack in Instant Pot with 1 cup of water.
  • Pressure cooking time for beets that are about 2″ in diameter is 20 minutes, then quick release. Peel when cool enough to handle. 
  • To boil them takes 20 – 40 minutes, depending on size, until tender when pierced with a knife. Peel when cool enough to handle.
  • Both of these methods are for cooking beets to be used in recipes.
  • You could, of course, simply roast and eat them.


  • Serving Size: 1/2 recipe
  • Calories: 167
  • Sugar: 23.5 g
  • Sodium: 94.2 mg
  • Fat: 6 g
  • Saturated Fat: 3.6 g
  • Trans Fat: 0 g
  • Carbohydrates: 27.5 g
  • Fiber: 2.3 g
  • Protein: 2.1 g
  • Cholesterol: 15.3 mg
Maple Balsamic Beets

If carrots are more to your taste: Balsamic Glazed Carrots

Hector is teething, as all puppies do. Which means he’s chewing everything he can get his teeth on.

These are some of the toys we have bought him over the last few weeks in an effort to keep him entertained and chewing appropriately:

He likes them well enough but they are definitely not his favorites.

These are his favorites:

The round white rock is a special favorite. I can throw sticks and ropes and squeaky toys outside for him to fetch and he may or may not actually be interested. But when I throw his pet rock he jumps for joy, chases it, grabs it, runs in circles, and brings it back for another toss.

Of course I have a weird dog! Why wouldn’t I ?!?

5 thoughts on “Beets with Maple-Balsamic Glaze; puppy toys”

  1. I love fresh beets! When they’re in season, I buy them by the bushel. Not this year though with my hand still so bad from the accident. But I trim the green top even with the beet, the root the same, scrub them, boil them and the skin just sloughs off so I don’t really even need to peel them. Then, what we don’t have for dinner, slathered in butter and covered in salt and pepper, gets frozen or pickled. Some with onions, some not. One of my favorite root veggies 🙂 And no, I don’t wear gloves and have never had stained hands.

    Can you get antlers near you? They’re great for your doggo’s teeth, much better than the rocks and dogs tend to love them. Femur bones are good too, but have the butcher cut them into three inch sections and leave the marrow if you can get him to. Don’t boil the bones, just leave them. They’ll get brittle if you boil them.

    • I’ve seen antlers for sale in the pet store. I may try one. He destroys everything else after a few days. Hopefully teething ends soon or we’ll have to get real jobs. The fresh beets are great – but the cooked, shrink-wrapped ones are pretty good too.

      • The shrink wrap ones do eliminate a lot of steps!

        We occasionally will find antlers on the property and I’ll scrub one up for the dog. They’re indestructible.

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