I love crunchy snacks, particularly salty chips or nachos and cheese.
My kids love to eat them too when given the chance. As often happens, my kids inspired me to find a better alternative to a favourite snack. After devouring beet chips at a friend's house and discovering how delicious and crunchy they were, I knew they would be a successful and more healthful alternative.
Beets are a root vegetable with many benefits. They are a good source of folate (great for pregnant women), they're antioxidant and include a high dose of fibre which helps to counteract their natural sweetness.
Plus, with only a few steps, they are so simple to make! Here's what you need to do:
Baked Beet Chips Recipe
- 4 red beets, peeled (serves 2)
- Thinly slice using mandolin or knife
- Gently toss with 1 tbsp of olive oil and sprinkle with Himalayan salt (sea salt works, too)
- Line baking tray with parchment paper, and spread out chips
- Bake in a preheated oven at 400 for 15-25 minutes. If you like your chips crisper than keep the beet chips in the oven around 20-25 minutes.
I sprinkled some rosemary on my chips before serving but you could also crush some into your olive oil to infuse the flavour before baking.
Nacho Style Baked Beet Chips: A Healthier Spin on Nachos!
Make beet chips as above but only leave in oven for 15 minutes as they will go in the oven longer once topped with your nacho ingredients. I diced tomatoes, spring onions, and shredded Ivanhoe Old Sharpe Aged Cheddar Cheese on top. Since it's a quality cheddar, you only need to add a little of this cheese, layered amongst the beet chips, to enjoy the flavour.
Place the nachos in the oven for approximately 10 minutes, watch to see how crispy your beet chips get. Scoop some Gay Lea's Gold Premium Sour Cream into a dish, it's decadent and thick, you won't need much!
With the Super Bowl coming, these beet chips would be a healthier alternative to your typical nacho platter. To serve a larger amount of people, use the whole bunch (or bag) of beets and add more olive oil to coat all the beet chips. You can make the beet chips a day ahead of time and top with your nacho ingredients right before serving!
The red beet chips would make a pretty appetizer for a Valentine's Day dinner.
And since the sour cream is nut-free, you could send it up along with the nacho beet chips as a school-safe sandwich substitution for a litterless lunch.
Disclosure: I am part of the Gay Lea Ambassador Campaign and I receive special perks as part of my affiliation with this group. The opinions on this blog are my own.
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