Simply Whole Kitchen

July 8, 2012

Baked Beet Chips with Avocado and Goat Cheese Dip {Food Matters Project}


This recipe almost didn't happen...and I have my own stupidity to thank.

I started my Sunday evening really excited about this recipe.  We don't eat a lot of beets so I thought this would be my perfect opportunity so sneak in a few and get my family to try something new!

So I pulled out my mandolin slicer and got going.  I didn't get very far though.  And I'll spare you the scary and yucky details but I quickly turned off my oven, called for help and headed to my closest urgent care facility.  Two hours, three stitches and a swollen finger later, I reluctantly came back to my kitchen for a second try at this recipe. 

Long and painful story short friends, please take my experience as a PSA to you to always use the protective holder on the mandolin....or you'll need stitches :) 
Which is also why I didn't make many of these chips...but I wish I did! They are absolutely delicious!  I think I'll wait to I get my stitches out to make these again!
Baked Beet Chips
3-4 large beets
2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
1 tsp kosher salt and pepper

Preheat the oven to 350. Using a mandolin or a sharp knife, slice the beets into thin slices.  Toss with the olive oil, sprinkle with salt and pepper, and lay into one layer on a baking sheet.  Bake for 15-20 minutes until crisp.  Cool on a wire rack until completely cool.

Avocado and Goat Cheese Dip
1 large avocado
2 tbsp fat free sour cream
2 oz of goat cheese
1/2 tsp garlic powder
1/4 tsp onion powder
1/2 tsp Cajun seasoning
1 tsp lemon juice
salt and pepper to taste

Combine all ingredients in a bowl and mix until well combined.

For the original recipe for this week, visit Meg's page My Whole Food Romance! Or click here to see what the other member of the project made this week!

38 Comments:

Blogger Angry Asian said...

goodness, i hope you're ok and not in too much pain. kudos to you for jumping in & trying again! personally, i don't mess with the mandolin slicer, it's something i always get the boytoy to handle and both times he's cut himself, minorly.
glad you were still able to enjoy the recipe this week.

July 9, 2012 at 4:09 PM  
Blogger Margarita said...

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July 9, 2012 at 7:11 PM  
Blogger Margarita said...

sorry about the mandolin accident. this post just reminded me of the reasons why i dont own one. it takes up space, a pain to clean, and can be a hazard. it does make for perfect veggie slices. hope your finger heals fast... let the hubby take care of dishwashing for a while. ;) p.s. your chips look beautiful and your dip sounds great!

July 9, 2012 at 7:42 PM  
Blogger My Wholefood Romance said...

Oh nooo! They are a bit scary aren't they. I'm glad you at least got some chips out of it!

July 9, 2012 at 8:11 PM  
OpenID everydaymaven said...

Yikes! So glad you are OK and it wasn't worse. It's true - as much as it can be a pain in the ass, I always use the protective thing b/c this happened to my Dad. You are quite the trooper still coming through with the recipe though! Impressive :)

July 9, 2012 at 11:27 PM  
Blogger Sara said...

Thanks! I look pretty funny now with my finger all bandaged and definitely learned my lesson to ALWAYS use the safety holder...I was just trying to move faster (as usual)!

July 10, 2012 at 10:02 AM  
Blogger Sara said...

Hi Margarita, you are right! I don't use it much and think I'll be staying away from it for a long time (anyone want one?)! And yes, the hubby wasn't there when it happened and feels so bad now that he's seen it (and my huge bandage), he's been an angel in the kitchen and with the dishes!

And the dip was amazing! I didn't spend much time on it in my post but have LOVED eating the leftovers with whole wheat pita chips! Thanks for the comment!

July 10, 2012 at 10:06 AM  
Blogger Sara said...

Yes! Now I have to figure out what to do with the rest of the beets that didn't get chopped...I feel a roasted beet salad coming on!

July 10, 2012 at 10:07 AM  
Blogger Sara said...

Thanks! I think my push to finish the recipe had a lot to do with great pain and numbing medications :) and I was SO excited to make this one that I couldn't walk away! Thanks so much for the comment!

July 10, 2012 at 10:09 AM  
Anonymous Sarah from 20something cupcakes said...

Poor thing! Hope you heal quickly. I seriously can't believe you went back into the kitchen after - props to you! If you're ever in the market for a new food processor, I have the Breville Sous Chef - it has a really wide mouth that you can slice in, and it's amazing!

July 10, 2012 at 2:01 PM  
Anonymous Sara @ Simply Whole Kitchen said...

Brilliant! Thank you Sarah! After this accident I don't think I'll be using my mandolin slicer again and was just thinking about a new food processor with a slicer attachment...totally worth the $$ if all my fingers stay intact, right!? :)

July 10, 2012 at 4:17 PM  
Anonymous Meg said...

That is the worst! Especially when you're right in the middle of cooking something, although it sounds like you didn't have much of a choice about stopping what you were doing. And you're right, it always seems to happen when I'm rushing or haven't given myself adequate prep time. Sometimes it's worth putting on some good music and just taking it slow, I suppose! Glad to hear you're okay.

July 10, 2012 at 11:51 PM  
Anonymous Sara @ Simply Whole Kitchen said...

Thanks Meg! I LOVE your music suggestion! That does help slow me down and 'enjoy' what I'm doing. I love cooking so I hate when it becomes a job or chore in a busy day. At least for the next 10 days (until the stitches come out) I'm moving much slower :) Funny how the universe works! Happy cooking!

July 11, 2012 at 11:01 AM  
Blogger Corrie said...

So sorry about your finger, ouch! Do the chips stay crisp in an airtight container or do they need to be eaten immediately?

July 11, 2012 at 8:51 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Can you use beets that have already been cooked?

July 11, 2012 at 10:25 PM  
Blogger Tiffany said...

This is such a great idea, I love the materials!
I also think I should let you know that your blog is absolutely lovely and inspirational for all lovers of healthy yet so yummy cooking!

July 13, 2012 at 9:13 PM  
OpenID prairiesummers said...

Ughh sorry to hear about your accident. I am a little clumsy clown in the kitchen sometimes.

July 16, 2012 at 10:58 AM  
Anonymous Sara @ Simply Whole Kitchen said...

Hi Corrie! I found that they are better if eaten right away. The other option is to put them into a toaster oven for a few minutes before you eat them. Then they crisp up and will be delicious!

July 16, 2012 at 12:56 PM  
Anonymous Sara @ Simply Whole Kitchen said...

Yes! If you don't want to eat them as chips, chop them up and add them into something else :)

July 16, 2012 at 12:57 PM  
Anonymous Sara @ Simply Whole Kitchen said...

Thank you Tiffany!! I REALLY appreciate that! It's take me awhile to get to this point and I'm so glad you enjoy it/find it helpful! I am so much happier and healthier (and off all medications) and I want everyone else to see how easy (and enjoyable) healthy eating/living can be!

July 16, 2012 at 12:58 PM  
Anonymous Sara @ Simply Whole Kitchen said...

Yes, it was a total dummy move on my part. Usually I turn on some music, ignore the phone and enjoy cooking...when I don't pay attention things happen...BIG lesson learned!

July 16, 2012 at 1:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

THIS MAY SEEM LIKE A FUNNY QUESTION BUT ARE THESE RAW OR COOKED BEFORE SLICING...?

July 16, 2012 at 9:27 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

After cutting myself badly TWICE, I went out and bought one of those gloves that the shark divers and oyster shuckers wear.... totally worth the investment.

July 17, 2012 at 10:08 AM  
Anonymous Sara said...

Great question! The beets are raw before slicing. Thanks for the comment!

July 17, 2012 at 2:20 PM  
Anonymous Sara said...

I think that is a great idea!! Not sure when I'll be using mine again.....but I'll get the glove if I do!

July 17, 2012 at 2:22 PM  
Anonymous Heidi @foodiecrush said...

EEK! Stitches, yuck. I cut my finger with an exacto knife at work and passed out so I feel for you! But these beet chips look so totally worth it. And they're red, so they hide the blood stains. Okay, that was gross. But funny.

July 17, 2012 at 2:54 PM  
Anonymous laura said...

Thanks again, Sara, for letting us use this delicious recipe for our newsletter. I can't wait to try it.
Laura

July 17, 2012 at 3:19 PM  
Blogger Sara said...

Hi Heidi! You are too funny...that is exactly what I thought when I got home from getting my stitches...:)

Thankfully these were blood free and delicious!

July 20, 2012 at 9:29 AM  
Blogger Sara said...

Thank you Laura! I'm SO excited about being apart of your newsletter and can't wait to see it!

July 20, 2012 at 9:29 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

My Son & I are going on a road trip...out first with him being a adult...(very excited about this trip)and I am trying to pack healthy snakes as I know we will want to have them...So thanks for this one...

July 26, 2012 at 6:28 PM  
Blogger Sarah Stalker said...

I love beets! This will be made soon. I also love my mandolin, and have been able to avoid cuts. But I have lost a few fingernails. Ew. Do you skin the beets first?

August 1, 2012 at 11:08 AM  
Blogger Sara said...

Hi Sarah! Nope, all I do is wash them first :)

August 2, 2012 at 10:58 AM  
Blogger FunkyFish said...

these look lovely but i have tried to make them twice and they turn out either raw and not crisp or burned....what am i doing wrong?

August 3, 2012 at 12:24 PM  
Blogger Sara said...

Hi! I found temperature, amount of oil and the thickness of the chips is very important. Sometimes I have to take out the thin ones that crisp up first then cook the thicker ones for longer until they crisp as well. This also happens if I get too happy with my olive oil and they get too much on them...

Hope that helps!

August 7, 2012 at 8:44 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Do you have nutritional info for these? They sound so good and I love beets but I am having to watch calories, etc so I need to know all that info. Thanks!

September 8, 2012 at 3:00 PM  
Blogger Lu Ann said...

You deserve a purple beet heart for being wounded in battle and perservering! What a soldier!

The beets look phenomenal and I can't wait to try the dish with family. We grew up non-vegetable eaters and found that fresh veggies, roasted to a sweet goodness, was a scrumptious treat as much as a healthfood. Thank you!

September 16, 2012 at 6:05 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

what could I substitute for the cream cheese? I cannot do dairy.

January 19, 2013 at 11:45 AM  
Blogger Kimmie said...

Wondering what kind of mandolin you have ( terribly sorryabout your finger!)
I 'd like to buy one...but don 't know which is worth the money.
yours look awesome! Good for you for jumping back on the horse.

Kimmie
Mama to 8
one homemade and 7 adopted

July 15, 2013 at 9:42 PM  

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