Over the last year and especially over the last few months, my family has really changed the way we eat and the foods we eat. No more fast food (except the occasional trip to Tim Hortons), no more processed foods, mostly local, organic and in season. We have drastically cut our meat intake, probably only eating it a few times a week. Star doesnt eat meat at all, except fish, and I eat very little. We have majorly cut our dairy intake and in doing so B and our Suns rashes behind their arms have almost gone away. We have always watched the sugar intake. So in cutting these things and changing our diets to a mostly fruit, bean and vegetable diet, I have been experimenting with new recipes and different ways of cooking vegetables and proteins other than meat. Pinterest has been a fantastic source for many of our meals. You can find my boards here http://pinterest.com/thespottedowl/ Ive started splitting up my food board so I cant just send you there. Tonights meal was Panseared Baked Halibut with Quinoa and Beet Fries. The beets I picked up at our local farmers market. The recipe I found for the beet fries is called Martha Stewerts Beet Fries. I changed it a little by adding himilayan sea salt. So heres my recipe:
Baked Beet Fries: (serves 4)
2 medium beets
1 teaspoon extra virgin olive oil
Himilayan Sea Salt (or any salt) to taste- more me this was a couple pinches
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees with racks in upper and lower thirds of the oven (for 2 pans)
2. Peel Beets and cut thinly like chips. If you have a mandoline cut them at 1/16″ thick. I found one of these nifty tools at my local winners and have put it to good use already!
3. In a large bowl toss beets with olive oil, they should be very thinly coated
4. On 2 non stick cookie sheets (or 1 and in 2 batches) line beets in a single layer
5. Sprinkle with sea salt
6. Bake for 20 mintues or until the edges start to curl, take them out and flip them and switch pan positions in the oven
7. Bake 20 minutes, Taking them out when they begin to lighten in colour. Transfer to a wire rack and get ready for delciosness, the chips will crisp as they cool.
Make sure you wait and take them out when they begin to lighten! I took mine out a tad early but ill make sure to wait a touch longer next time.
These would make a wonderful, healthy snack for adults and kids and I will be baking up another batch tomorrow to add to the kids (and mine) healthy snack pack area. This is a container in our cupboards that is filled with healthy snacks the kids are allowed basically at anytime. The fridge has one of these containers as well.