Roasting Beets & Awesome Tortilla Chips

by Her Happy Balance on June 25, 2013

Just call me Dwight Scrhute, I love a good beet. But I’ve been bonding with these ruby red beauties more than usual lately and I have my CSA to thank for that. I brought home a big bunch of beets last week as a part of my biweekly haul, and magically they are already gone! If you have been following me on Instagram you saw me post a beet and turnip juice last week.

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And I wanted to give roasting beets a try as well. I’d never done it before, but it was super easy and here’s how!

How to Roast Beets:
Preheat oven to 425 degress. Scrub beets clean of any dirt. Cut the top greens and bottom roots off of your beets. Cover a baking sheet in tinfoil. Put your beets on the tray and drizzle with olive oil. Sprinkle with salt if you’d like. Roast for approximately 25 minutes.

Big pan, little beets. It happens...

Big pan, little beets. It happens…

Test you beets to see if they are done by poking them (technical terms) with a fork. If your fork can easily spear your beet, then they’re all done! Wait for the beets to cool, then slowly pull the peel off of your beets with your fingers. You may need to use a knife to start to remove the peel. Cut up and enjoy – easy peasey, lemon squeezey!

One beet made it's way into each salad :)

One beet made it’s way into each salad 🙂

Besides increasing my beet intake significantly, I also did a bit of snack shopping recently. I found a really awesome tortilla chip that I just have to share with you. A small independent family-owned company called Late July makes organic tortilla chips with some pretty impressive stats!

Pros:

  • Organic
  • Gluten-free
  • GMO-free
  • Pesticide and antibiotic free
  • Made with 100% whole grains
  • Contain chia seeds
  • Many different flavor varieties
    Ingredients in the Red Hot Mojo Chips

    Ingredients in the Red Hot Mojo Chips

    I tried the Red Hot Mojo flavor and I have a bag of Mild Green Mojo chips waiting to be opened next. The hot chips definitely have some heat to them. It’s subtle at first, but picks up as you keep munching. I love them. They’re great to eat alone and also PERFECT for dipping. Let’s be honest, I use any food object as an excuse to eat tubs of guacamole and nacho cheese. I bought two bags on sale for a total of $5.00 at my local grocery store. Maybe that’s a bit pricier for tortilla chips considering the size of the bag (5.5oz), but I’m willing to pay for my health. Plus like I said, they are a vehicle to eat gallons of guacamole with. Win, win 😉

    FTC: I bought the tortilla chips with my own money. I just genuinely liked them and wanted to share a review.

    Thoughts??

    Do you like beets? How do you eat them?

    Any fun health food finds recently?

    Guacamole: lemon juice or lime juice? I use whatever I have on hand but lean towards lime!

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    meredith June 25, 2013 at 7:27 am

    I do like beets even though I grew up thinking I didn’t lol. I actually never buy them or make them at home, I just eat them when I am somewhere that has them already incorporated in the salads/dishes….We love Late July snacks!

    Her Happy Balance June 25, 2013 at 3:53 pm

    I’m so excited that I found Late July, seems like an awesome company!

    Beth Sheridan @sugarcoatedsheridans June 25, 2013 at 9:05 am

    I SO wish I liked beets…I would ALWAYS try them when I was little because I thought they were SO very pretty, but I just don’t like them. However, when I visited NYC a few months ago, I tried a potato/beet dish that was wonderful! I would love to know what was in it so I could try and re-create it!

    Her Happy Balance June 25, 2013 at 3:54 pm

    I never thought I liked them until I was in a situation where I had to eat what was in front of me and it ended up being a lobster and beet salad. Needless to say, I demolished the whole thing 😉 Potatoes and beets sounds like some great comfort food!

    De @ Cooking for the Other Half June 25, 2013 at 9:21 am

    I’ve never really been a huge beet fan but I feel like maybe I haven’t given them a good chance. I’ve also never tried roasted beets! So maybe I should. 🙂

    Her Happy Balance June 25, 2013 at 3:55 pm

    Give beets a chance 🙂 *Said like give peace a chance…I know dorky*

    Meghan @ fitnesscrEATures June 25, 2013 at 9:21 am

    Um, bloggy besty. I would like you to come and make me some of that juice immediately. I wanted it when I saw it on Instagram and now I want it again. For shame! And I haven’t had breakfast yet so this is just a big tease. We may have to break up.

    Ok, we are back together. I love that you get all this produce from your CSA. I wish I was in one too because I would love to experiment with stuff like this. And, of course, any time you can immitate Dwight Schrute in life, you know you’re making good decisions. Those salads look amazing, too! You and all your good foodie stuff in here are making me want to go see what I can grab to eat! Leaving lunch & breakfast at home today will be the death of me. Wah.
    Those are some pretty good stats on those chips for sure! I love gluten free things lately, even though that means more corn consumption. I tried some chips that look similar to those and I ate almost the entire bag this weekend. Nom nom.
    Have a beautiful day you beautiful girly! <3<3<3 x 1 million!

    Her Happy Balance June 25, 2013 at 3:59 pm

    I would love to make you a juice! Except you must first accept that not all of my juices look this pretty. Sometimes they’re brown, especially when I juice a lot of green things. Liquid nutritional sludge!

    I’ve heard that there are CSAs that will actually deliver a box of goods to you if you live in the city. Perhaps there is one in Atlanta? One day I will travel to Schrute farms and it will be glorious. Remember the Office episode where they have a formal party at his farm? And Dwight dresses up all fancy? And has to do a silly dance whenever someone says a certain phrase? God, the Office is just so great.

    Look at you and your knowledge of gluten-free meaning more corn consumption! I am impressed, and hadn’t realized that actually! These chips were definitely winners though. Nom nom nom until the cows come home! Hope you are having a wonderful Wednesday and that the work day is whizzing by! 😀

    Lauren June 25, 2013 at 9:29 am

    I just tried raw beets (not canned haha) for the first time a few weeks ago. Now I pick them up every week at the local farmer’s market. They are so delicious roasted!

    Her Happy Balance June 25, 2013 at 4:00 pm

    Glad you’ve hopped on the Beet’s train 🙂 Do you like to eat them any special way?

    Jessie June 25, 2013 at 9:33 am

    I’ve been wanting to pick up some beets at the grocery store, but always forget or just decide not too while i’m there. Wasn’t exactly sure how to roast them, so thanks for the little tutorial girl 🙂

    Her Happy Balance June 25, 2013 at 4:03 pm

    Oh you are very welcome 🙂 Definitely give them a try, they’re kind of sweet and earthy, it’s a nice flavor I think.

    Beth @ Mangoes and Miles June 25, 2013 at 9:49 am

    I’m so conflicted when it comes to beets…I think I can handle them with a combination of some things, but not alone or with other things. Or maybe our dining hall just has not-so-good beets–I should try them on my own one day, hah. Good to know, though!

    (Also, I think it’s a slight problem that I always have to think really hard to answer the math question needed to post…)

    Her Happy Balance June 25, 2013 at 4:04 pm

    Hahaha! You are not the first person who has told me that the math problem always makes them think. If you read my blog in the morning it’s a helpful way to wake up the brain though, no?

    Rachel @ Undercover Diva: A Sitcom June 25, 2013 at 10:09 am

    “Just call me Dwight Schrute” ahahah died at that opener! I think I’ve only had beets once or twice in my life, and they were the pickled beets that come in the relish tray at those fancy restaurants. I’d be willing to try them again! I’ve been loving coconut date rolls lately. Yum! Weird, but tasty!

    Her Happy Balance June 25, 2013 at 4:05 pm

    Coconut date roll! Sounds like something I would definitely be willing to try! Where does one buy this strange…pastry?

    Rachel @ Undercover Diva: A Sitcom June 26, 2013 at 10:53 am

    I bought it at a natural foods store! It was really good. It’s actually raw vegan, so it’s not baked at all! I would equate it to the texture/consistency of raw cookie dough.

    Sarah @ Sweet Miles June 25, 2013 at 10:11 am

    I used to always think beets smelled like the ground, like dirt. Until I actually tried them! They’re really not bad! I’ll have to try roasting them sometime!! No big health food finds our way, except that we recently revamped our grocery list to include more veggies 🙂 And DEFF lime juice on the guacamole. But lemon is good too!

    Her Happy Balance June 25, 2013 at 4:06 pm

    Beets definitely do have an “earthy” smell…which is a nice way to say they smell like dirt haha! A revamped shopping list sounds good! I almost never actually write a list so you are one step ahead of me!

    Chelsea @ LittleOneRuns June 25, 2013 at 10:40 am

    I’ve never tried beets roasted! Actually I don’t think I’ve ever had one before ever lol. But that’s besides the point. I love grilled/roasted anything, so I would probably love these too 🙂 Health finds, coconut strawberry ice cream that tastes like strawberries and whipped cream!

    Her Happy Balance June 25, 2013 at 4:07 pm

    Oh my goodness. That ice cream sounds AMAZING! Where do you get it?!

    Charlotte @ Commitness to Fitness June 25, 2013 at 11:15 am

    “Plus like I said, they are a vehicle to eat gallons of guacamole with.” Lol, amen! those chips look good, i’d probably be partial to the red hot mojo flavor as well. and here’s the thing with beets- i WANT to like beets so much! like, they’re pretty, everybody is always making awesome stuff with them, they’re soo healthy, but as of now i cant seem to get myself to eat them. but there was a time i wanted to like olives, and now i eat them all the time, so maybe the same thing will happen with beets. time will tell.

    Her Happy Balance June 26, 2013 at 8:51 am

    I am actually currently trying to make myself like olives! SO funny you brought that up. So fair I am failing…:-/ Maybe some day though. And I don’t know if you like goat choose or not, but beets go really great with goat cheese in a salad.

    Caitlin June 25, 2013 at 11:38 am

    I’ve only had beets once or twice and they were at a restaurant, so I’ve yet to cook them. I love roasted veggies, though, so I’ll have to give them a try 🙂 and guac with lime juice would be my preference 😉

    Her Happy Balance June 26, 2013 at 8:52 am

    I’m more of a lime girl too, but I’ll use whatever is convenient at the time….because cravings for guac strike at a moments notice! 😉

    Christine@ Apple of My Eye June 25, 2013 at 11:39 am

    I do love a good beet! I usually go for golden beets though, they’re fantastic in a pear and prosciutto salad!

    Her Happy Balance June 26, 2013 at 8:52 am

    I have never tried golden beets before, I’m intrigued! And anything with prosciutto is bound to be a winner 😉

    Hannah @ CleanEatingVeggieGirl June 25, 2013 at 11:40 am

    Thanks for the tutorial on the beet roasting. I have been wanting to try them for awhile now, but was not quite sure where to start. I should have known to roast them! 😉

    Her Happy Balance June 26, 2013 at 8:53 am

    It was so easy, essentially just put them in the oven and forget about ’em 🙂

    Becky @ Olives n Wine June 25, 2013 at 12:48 pm

    I’m OBSESSED with beets!! Luckily, my husband doesn’t like them so that means more for me 😉 I like to make a roasted beet salad with sliced beets, goat cheese and balsamic – YUM!

    Her Happy Balance June 26, 2013 at 8:53 am

    Beets and goat cheese is a winning combination! 🙂 And it’s very summery too, perfect for these hot days!

    Alex @ Cookie Dough Katzen June 25, 2013 at 1:47 pm

    Thanks for sharing the beet recipe! They are my favorite. I always buy them pickled in a can but I’d love to try and make them myself like you did. They are so good over salads!

    Her Happy Balance June 26, 2013 at 8:54 am

    I am definitely a fan of pickled foods but the plain roasted beets were nice and sweet with a hint of an earthy flavor. Let me know if you try to roast ’em!

    Carli June 25, 2013 at 8:56 pm

    I can’t say if I like beets or not because I’ve never had one that’s not in a can (which I don’t like).

    And since I don’t make my own guacamole, I don’t know the answer to that one either. Which store did you get the chips at?

    I need to cook more!

    Her Happy Balance June 26, 2013 at 8:55 am

    I actually just got the chips at a local grocery store (GIANT) in the health food aisle. I just couldn’t resist and had to pick them up and give them a go! And girly, making guac is so easy! You could definitely do it 🙂

    Meredith June 26, 2013 at 1:20 am

    I’ve never thought to roast beets, great idea! Lime guac for me almost always : -)

    Her Happy Balance June 26, 2013 at 8:56 am

    And the roasting was super simple, just put them in the oven and forget about ’em 🙂 My kind of cooking! Hope you’re having a great time being home!!!!

    Nicole @ FruitnFitness June 26, 2013 at 7:02 am

    I love beets! I usually cut mine up before roasting and always end up with them a little over roasted. I like to eat beets with salads, as side dishes and just on their own.

    Her Happy Balance June 26, 2013 at 8:57 am

    So fair I’ve only tried juicing them and in salads. There’s this great Lebanese place by my work that makes them as a side dish and they are to die for!

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