Need something fun and flirty to make your cutie for Valentine’s Day? Heart Beets might just be the most adorable thing. We love trying new things in the kitchen at Spitfire Girl, and decided to try microwaving fresh beets. The process was quick and easy, and the results were delicious!
Here’s what to do to make your own Heart Beets this Valentine’s Day:
Select beets that are approximately the same size so that they microwave evenly.
Pierce the beets in several places to prevent steam from building up inside the beets causing them to explode.
Place the beets, trimmed and washed, in a single layer on a plate.
Make sure the plate is microwaveable, of course.
Drizzle them with about 2 tablespoons water.
Cover the plate with a bowl or damp paper towel and microwave on high for 5 minutes.
Turn the beets and continue microwaving them for another 3 to 5 minutes
until they are fork-tender.
Let them cool for 5 minutes, then peel the skins off the beets and slice them into flat slivers. Use a knife to cut them into heart shapes, sprinkle them with feta, and voila! HEART BEETS.
The heart! It’s the international symbol of love, and we love to draw it on stuff and insert the emoji into cute texts, but where did it come from? How did its cute shape originate? Love is in the air with Valentine’s Day coming up, so we did some research and sought out some info on our favorite shape ♥
Funny thing is, the heart shape as we know it is believed to have originated from the African plant silphium, which is accredited to having contraceptive qualities. (Now we’re talkin!) The city of Cyrene was famous for the trade of this rare and sought out plant used for birth control, so much so that silphium became an important part of Cyrene’s economy. The government minted coins representing silphium’s seedpod, which looked a lot like the shape of the heart as we know it today.
Interesting! So it all comes down to sex… surprise surprise.
Here’s a few love-related Spitfire Girl items to help get ya in the mood: