This balsamic roasted beetroot recipe is great as a side to the main meal for lunch or dinner.
It's also a really nice accompaniment to a potato salad as part of a picnic.
Preheat the oven to 220C/Gas mark 7
Trim the stalks and roots from the beetroot and then peel.
Leave any small beetroots whole and cut any larger ones into half, or quarter if larger.
Put the prepared beetroot into a small roasting tray.
In a small bowl, mix the oil, lemon juice, vinegar, garlic, salt and pepper together.
Pour the mixture over the beetroot, and turn the pieces a few times so they are well coated.
Spread out the beetroot into a single layer in the tray and tuck in the sprigs of thyme.
Roast in the preheated oven for 40 mins before removing. turn and mix the beetroot around a couple of times and then sprinkle over the water.
Turn and mix the beetroot around a couple of times and then sprinkle over the water.
Place back into the oven to continue roasting for a further 30-40 minutes until tender.
Note: Cooking times for beetroot can vary a lot, so check for tenderness every so often.
Beetroot adds a rich boost of colour to any salad or meal. Its traditionally known for its deep ruby colour, but can have gold, white or pink stripped flesh depending on the level of pigment. Its colour shows it contains beneficial nutrients such as vitamin C and beta-carotene, which is converted in the body to vitamin A.
Beetroot is a source of iron and calcium and is also a good source of fibre.
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