There are many health benefits to beets that will sway some of you beet haters into giving them another go. For one, beets are great at detoxifying the body and purifying the blood, which is a great way to battle those pesky hangovers. They are also a really great source of naturally occurring nitrates, which help lower blood pressure. Beets also help increase stamina, and have been considered an aphrodisiac for centuries because of this fact. They also help fight inflammation and have cancer fighting properties, so in a way, beets can’t be beat!

There are many ways of preparing beets. Beets can be boiled, steamed, baked, roasted, grilled or sauteed. One of our favourite ways to prepare them, like corn on the cob, is to simply cook them in simmering hot water, peel them and cut them into pieces and toss them with some butter, and salt and pepper. However, another very basic way of preparing them is to make beet chips. Thinly slice them on a mandolin, but make sure to use a safety guard, or you’ll end up with with shorter fingers! Toss the slices with a little olive oil and sprinkle with salt. Place them single layer on cookie sheets lined with foil and bake them for about 40 minutes or until crisp. Sprinkle them with some chopped fresh dill and you’re good to go. The end result will be a beautiful pile of tasty chips that are tasty and good for you.

Recipe and photography by Little Rusted Ladle; Jena and Jim Carlin