Roasted Beets

1 lb beets

2-3 tbsp olive oil

Dash of balsamic vinegar

Salt and pepper to taste

½ dried thyme or oregano

Dash of maple syrup (optional)

Preheat the oven to 400° F. Scrub and trim beets, and then slice into sticks about ¼ wide. Place beets in a glass backing dish and drizzle with olive oil and a dash of vinegar. Sprinkle with salt, pepper and thyme. Bake until beets are tender and have lost some of their volume, about 45 minutes or so. Taste for seasoning and add salt or pepper as needed. Fresh beets probably won’t need it, but if you think they could be a little sweeter, augment with a drizzle of maple syrup.