Beets are one of my all time favorite foods. I grow them in my garden and pickle them when I have a bunch ready. All I do is steam them until they are tender and the peel slips off. I put them in a jar with seasoned rice vinegar and pop them in the fridge. After about three days they are pretty well pickled. The rice vinegar has sugar in it and beets are little high in carbs, so you have to account for that in a low carb or carb controlled diet. But, a cold pickled beet can go a long way toward curbing a sweet craving. They are really good sliced on a bed of lettuce with a light vinagarette dressing.