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There's One Vegetable Michelle Obama Truly Hates

Her stance is deeply rooted.
08/24/2017 10:16am ET | Updated August 24, 2017

Michelle Obama tops many dream dinner party guest lists. If and when the day comes that she attends one of yours, know there’s one food you should steer well clear of on the menu.

In a recent interview with Food & Wine, the health-focused former FLOTUS admitted yet again that she just doesn’t like beets. At all.

While the root of her distaste for this vibrant veggie is unknown, the former first couple has been making their stance clear for years. Barack Obama revealed in a 2008 profile on their eating habits that he “always avoids eating them.” In 2009, the Obamas upset beet enthusiasts by omitting them from the White House vegetable garden.

Perhaps, as those disappointed produce-pushers pointed out, the couple has only tried canned beets and not fresh (although that seems unlikely, with the number of restaurants they’ve dined in over the years and the fact that the White House has a chef). Or maybe, as Obama suggested to Ladies’ Home Journal in 2010, it’s genetic.

“I am a believer that there is a beet gene,” she said. “People who love beets love them and people who hate beets can’t stand them. Neither the president nor I have the beet gene.”

But maybe ― just maybe ― the former POTUS and FLOTUS have yet to try any of these top notch beet-centric recipes? If and when the time comes, we’re up to the challenge of trying to change their minds.

1
Roasted Beet, Baby Kale And Brie Quiche
Half Baked Harvest
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2
Smoky Black Bean Beet Burgers
Minimalist Baker
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3
Cheese Board With Beet Whipped Feta
How Sweet It Is
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4
Beet, Goat Cheese And Honey Bagels
A Beautiful Mess
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5
Beet, Avocado And Fried Goat Cheese Salad
Foodie Crush
6
Beet, Goat Cheese And Honey Tarts
How Sweet It Is
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7
Roasted Beet Salad With Pea Shoots And Chèvre
Adventures in Cooking
8
Fudgy Vegan Beet Cupcakes
Minimalist Baker
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9
Beet Wild Rice Salad With Pistachios
Naturally Ella
10
Chilled Beet Soup Popsicles
The View From Great Island
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11
Quick Pickled Beets
Half Baked Harvest
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12
Roasted Beets With Balsamic Glaze
Simply Recipes
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13
Mini Lemon Sour Cream Pound Cakes With Beet Glaze
Hummingbird High
14
Roasted Beet Hummus
Half Baked Harvest
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15
Curried Beet Soup With Tandoori Chickpeas
Minimalist Baker
16
Burr Trail Grill Pickled Beets
Foodie Crush
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17
Roasted Beet Balsamic Mustard
Adventures in Cooking
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18
Baked Rosemary Beet Chips
Minimalist Baker
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19
Colorful Beet Salad With Carrot, Quinoa And Spinach
Cookie And Kate
20
Ginger Beet Sorbet
Boulder Locavore
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21
Beet, Goat Cheese And Walnut Tart
Alexandra Cooks
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22
Roasted Beet Biscuits
The View From Great Island
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23
Beet And Goat Cheese Hummus
A Beautiful Mess
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24
Beet Lemonade
Foodie Crush
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25
Beet, Carrot And Pomegranate Salad
Foodie Crush
26
Beet Pasta
A Beautiful Mess
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27
Salt Roasted Beet Salad
Alexandra Cooks
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28
Caramelized Beetroot Tarte Tatin
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