Beets seem to be one of those vegetables that you either love or can't stand. A fun introduction is the best way to get your young reader to try a veggie like beets, masquerading as a food they already like, such as potato chips. When already sweet beets are sliced thin and baked into crunchy, slightly salty perfection, even the most stubborn picky eater can't refuse!
Baked Beet Chips
adapted from several sources, including Natural Noshing's version.
- 4 beets
- 2 teaspoons olive oil
- Heat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
- Wash beets and remove leafy tops. Peel with a vegetable peeler (save skins for beet paint activity, below).
- Slice beets about 1/8 inch thick.
- Place beets in a bowl. Add olive oil and toss to coat.
- Place beets on a cookie sheet and lightly sprinkle with salt.
- Bake for 20-25 minutes, until beets are crisp.
B is also for
Kids will look at beets in a whole new way after having some painting fun. Use the peelings and tops off the beets for a painting adventure. Just remember beet juice stains so be sure a paint shirt or smock is worn.
- Place the reserved beet skins and tops in a saucepan and add approximately 1/3 cup water. Add a splash of vinegar and a pinch of salt, for preservative and to bring out the color. Bring to a simmer for about 5 minutes.
- Remove from stove and strain juice into a heat safe bowl.
- The beet juice paint will be more watery than normal paints so use a thicker paper than can absorb the extra liquid.
- Leftover beet juice paint can be stored in the refrigerator for another day of painting.