Golden Beets & Wheat Berries (Weekend Herb Blogging, Macrobiotic)

I think I misspoke in my last post!  I didn’t mean that I can’t have any fruit on the macrobiotic diet – I can have some (I’m thinking 1 piece a day is a good goal).  Currently I eat at least 5-6 pieces per day so it’s hard for me to cut back to just one.  You’re also not really supposed to have citrus fruit, which is why I mentioned the oranges.  Sorry for all of the confusion.


I made this macrobiotic (I think?  Correct me if it’s not please!) dish for dinner last night with some delicious Golden Beets that I picked up at the farmers’ market yesterday morning.  I’m entering this recipe to Weekend Herb Blogging, hosted this week by Cheryl @ Gluten Free Goodness.  My “herb” is Golden Beets – a beautiful, golden-orange variety of the more common red beet.

Golden Beets & Wheat Berries



  • 3 medium golden beets
  • ~1 cup bean sprouts
  • 1-2 teaspoons grated fresh ginger
  • 1/3 cup dry wheat berries – cooked this comes to almost a cup
  • turmeric, chili powder, garlic powder (no salt)
  • freshly ground sea salt (optional), to taste
  • a splash of apple cider vinegar, which I actually forgot, but it would be really good


  1. Cook the wheat berries.  This can be done in advance.
  2. Chop the beets into ~1cm cubes.  Save the greens for later – they can be cooked like any other greens!
  3. Steam the beets, sprouts, and ginger for about 10 minutes or until the beets are tender.
  4. Reheat the wheat berries and mix them together with the steamed veggies, spices, and vinegar.

This dish is really good, as long as you like beets.  Beets are definitely a rather odd vegetable, and I had never had golden ones before.  I liked them a lot – they’re a little bit sweeter than the normal dark red variety, and make for much easier cleanup – no staining!  Bobby does not like beets but he did like the wheat berries and sprouts.

Other macrobiotic meals I’ve had…  Breakfast (heart healthy 3/4 c. oatmeal with a few T raisins, miso soup, and tea which I had afterwards).


Snacky lunch thing (heart healthy oatmeal with cinnamon, lots of sauteed beet greens, organic farmers’ market salsa, and the rest of the beets & wheat berries – unpictured).


Do you like beets?  Have you ever tried the Golden kind?

26 Comments on Golden Beets & Wheat Berries (Weekend Herb Blogging, Macrobiotic)

  1. Pearl
    9 February, 2009 at 7:52 pm (8 years ago)

    ooooh! now i understand more 🙂 how interesting! i’ve read about teh macrobiotic diet once.. it’s supposed to be very balanced and healthy 🙂

  2. juliet
    9 February, 2009 at 8:30 pm (8 years ago)

    I’ve never had golden beets. They look delicious!! Your meal looks so wondeful and healthy!!

  3. Sharon
    9 February, 2009 at 9:26 pm (8 years ago)

    Oh wow great eats Maggie! I haven’t had beets in a long time, and golden beets – never!

  4. Sagan
    9 February, 2009 at 9:49 pm (8 years ago)

    I love the color! It really is golden 🙂

  5. Sarah (lovINmytummy)
    9 February, 2009 at 11:31 pm (8 years ago)

    I love golden beets!!! They are SOOOOO much sweeter than the purple ones. I think wheat berries are my new favorite grain, so that dish is perfect. Hopefully I can round up the ingredients so I can make it!

  6. Madison Song
    9 February, 2009 at 11:57 pm (8 years ago)

    I do like beets! Never tried the golden kind though….I gotta try wheatberries though!!!!

  7. coco
    10 February, 2009 at 2:44 am (8 years ago)

    I don’t like beets in general, the only one that I like is the red one.
    You had miso soup in breakfast? wooooo… is that something special in macrobiotic diet?

  8. VeggieGirl
    10 February, 2009 at 5:24 am (8 years ago)

    Gorgeous dish!!

  9. Jenni
    10 February, 2009 at 6:12 am (8 years ago)

    ooh, golden beets. your dish looks delicious! how are they in terms of taste? do they taste like red beets?

    i didn’t know that miso soup was macrobiotic! cool! i am really intrigued by the macrobiotic diet, so i am looking forward to seeing what you think of it as you continue. have a lovely, lovely tuesday!

  10. Beadie @ What I Ate Yesterday
    10 February, 2009 at 7:02 am (8 years ago)

    I do like beets but I have never tried a golden on, I didn’t even know they came in gold 🙂

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  11. Mara @ What's For Dinner?
    10 February, 2009 at 7:23 am (8 years ago)

    No matter how many times I try them, I can’t stand beets. They taste like dirt to me. Maybe I’d like the golden ones though!

  12. Sarah (Tales of Expansion)
    10 February, 2009 at 8:23 am (8 years ago)

    beets and wheat berries together is SUCH a good idea! this recipe looks incredible, mmmmm

  13. Oh She Glows
    10 February, 2009 at 11:05 am (8 years ago)

    Oh wow I have never seen golden beets before! I didn’t know what they were. I have never been a beet fan…in fact I think my dad was the only one who ate canned beets at Thanksgiving. Maybe that is why I don’t like them (they were from a can!). I dont even know if I have had them fresh!

  14. K
    10 February, 2009 at 11:17 am (8 years ago)

    Fabulous recipe!

    Ewww…I don’t like beats 🙁 I tried them last Thanksgiving, not good!

  15. Missy (Missy Maintains)
    10 February, 2009 at 11:43 am (8 years ago)

    I don’t like regular beets but I have yet to try the golden kind! I have never even heard of them!

  16. Biz
    10 February, 2009 at 12:25 pm (8 years ago)

    I haven’t had beets in years – but I remember not liking them! I should give them another try!

  17. gina (fitnessista)
    10 February, 2009 at 12:26 pm (8 years ago)

    the only time i’ve tried a golden beet is at seasons 52. i was eating my veggie plate and bit down, and looked at my fork. i got really worried because i thought it was a potato and i had asked for no potatoes…
    our server came over and i asked him if it was a potato– he took out a flashlight, examined it, and said: no ma’am, that is a golden beet.
    it was pretty funny 😀

  18. Marissa
    10 February, 2009 at 1:46 pm (8 years ago)

    I don’t think I particularly like beets. That’s ok – more for you! 🙂

  19. Jesse
    10 February, 2009 at 2:19 pm (8 years ago)

    Wow, I’ve never even come across golden beets before, never mind try them! But these look amazing! To be honest I rarely have beets because the uber-staining properties of the red beets scare me a little… give me the golden kind any day!

  20. Erin
    10 February, 2009 at 2:20 pm (8 years ago)

    Hi! I just found your blog and your experiment is very intriguing! Can’t wait to read more.

  21. Clean Veggie
    10 February, 2009 at 6:35 pm (8 years ago)

    i’ve never had beats, but they sound interesting
    oatmeal looks yummy!

  22. Cheryl
    16 February, 2009 at 7:39 pm (8 years ago)

    that looks like a tasty, healthy, treat! thanks for sharing and i’m so jealous that it’s warm enough to go to a farmer’s market near you.

  23. Franklyn Gabrel
    8 February, 2010 at 12:33 am (7 years ago)

    Awesome site. Gives me the invcentive for my fitness goals this year.

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