Crispy and super easy beet chips... cooked in the... MICROWAVE! Yes yes don't judge till you try it ;)
Making these in the microwave makes these chips low fat, crispy and so easy to make.
The avocado salsa is so so easy, can be used as a dip, or even in sandwiches or dollop some onto salads.

Difficulty level: beginner

Equipment needed: Mandolin vegetable slicer.

What you need:

For beet chips:

  • 2-3 beets, pick whichever color you like. Sliced on a Mandolin, at the thinnest setting possible. Please watch your fingers!!
  • 1/2 tbsp oil or cooking spray

For Avocado Salsa:

  • one avocado pitted
  • juice of 1/2 lime (or lemon, just use a tad less)
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp cumin powder
  • 1 firm Roma tomato, quartered lengthwise, seeded, then cut lengthwise again (into 1/8th s) and chopped into cubes.
  • 1 Persian cucumber (or 1/4 English cucumber) cut lengthwise into quarters, seeded and chopped onto squared.
  • 1 green onion chopped finely
  • 1 tbsp cilantro chopped finely.

What to do:

For beet chips:

  • Take a large flat microwavable plate, either brush or spray lightly.
  • in a single layer spread beet slices onto plate, touching but. not overlapping.
  • lightly brush or spray them with oil.
  • put into microwave and cook on high for 4 to 4.5 minutes.
  • chips will shrink by at least half and will look crinkly. If they do not look like they are starting to burn, cook another 30 seconds.
  • use a heat proof glove to remove plate from microwave (plate will be extremely hot).
  • put beet chips into large bowl, they might still not be completely crunchy, after about 10 minutes they will get crispy as they cool.
  • sprinkle with salt, onion powder, smoked paprika.
  • repeat this 4 to 5 times in order to cook slices of 2 beets.
  • as the plate gets hotter, you might need to cook the chips for only 3.5 or 4 minutes.

For Avocado Salsa Fresca:

  • put lime juice immediately on the avocado, even before you mash it, this helps the avocado retain its beautiful green color.
  • mash the avocado
  • add all the rest of the ingredients and mix well

This takes a bit of time to finish making an entire batch of chips, but it is so worth it. This recipe is addictive!
The chips are great just on their own too, or as "healthy croutons" on salads and soups :)