Friday Food : Beet Chips and Ranch Dressing

Well friends, summer is finally here and with it comes cookouts and backyard gatherings. Those usually involve various forms of salads, chips, and grills, right?  I know in the past we’ve talked about making our own chips before, standard and sweet, but what about adding a new variable for color and flavor? How about making BEET Chips? And for our salads or to dip some fresh veggies, what about homemade ranch dressing?

Thanks to Beth Cook Publicity and Ulysses Press, I was able to learn about both of these recipe ideas in my new cookbook Cooking for the Specific Carbohydrate Diet, in exchange for a write-up/promotion. Check below the recipe(s) for my review.

Beet Chips and Ranch Dressing

Beet Chips and Ranch Dressing

What you need:

  • 4 large beets
  • 1-2 tablespoons cooking oil
  • sea salt, to taste


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degree F
  2. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper or use silicone mats (I also use stoneware)
  3. Peel the beets and slice them very thin – about 1/16-inch
  4. Combine beets and oil and toss to coat
  5. Place beets on prepared sheets and sprinkle with salt
  6. Bake for 30 minutes or until the edges begin to curl (Maybe mine were cut thicker, but at 30 minutes I had to flip mine and bake for an additional 15 minutes for them to crisp properly)
  7. Store in a sealed container for a few days

Makes 4 servings

What you need:

  • 1/4 cup mayonasie
  • 1/4 cup yogurt
  • 2 teaspoons lemon juice
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon sea salt
  • black pepper to taste
  • optional: 1 tablespoon finely chopped dill, Italian parsley, or chives


  1. Combine all ingredients in a bowl and mix well using a fork or whisk
  2. Cover and store in the refrigerator up to a few weeks

Makes about 1 cup

Comments and Photos:

I love this new cookbook. Sometimes when I get or see a cookbook I think “Great another space suck. I can just GOOGLE these ideas”. This wasn’t my reaction to the Specific Carbohydrate Diet. This book was written by Erica Kerwin, who has a son with Chron’s Disease and she wanted to do something to help. She heard from a friend about the Specific Carbohydrate Diet (SCD), and decided to give it a try. 6 years later we have her new cookbook!

cooking for the specific carbohydrate diet

The book starts out by explaining her background and the diet’s background.  It wasn’t until I read this that I wondered about some of the other people who author cookbooks and what their motivation and journeys may have been. I felt Erica had good intentions in her writing and sharing her recipes. She runs a website, Comfy Belly, where people have given her feedback over the years, which as a blogger I felt connected to her and wanted to support her.

Also in the start there are lists of ideas for kitchen staples. She lists different equipment every kitchen should have as well as various staple foods and the best places for storage. For as long as I have been cooking, this section still taught me a few things.

Each chapter covers a different area of cooking to help satisfy the requirements of this diet. In the first chapter “Basic Recipes” some of the starters to other dishes are created. The titles of all chapters are as follows:

  • Basic Recipes
  • Small Bites and Snacks
  • Salads and Soups
  • Sauces, Jams and Dips
  • Breads, Biscuits and Crepes
  • Vegetables and Mock Starches
  • Poultry, Meat and Seafood
  • Sweet Treats

The Sweet Treats section gives an amazing tip on making homemade ice cream or frozen yogurt when you don’t have a machine. Want to know it? Buy the book. Haha.

At the end there is also a few pages for substitutions/measurements as well as a list of resources. I was floored by the helpfulness and details of these last few pages.

Overall, the book is beautifully laid out, easy to follow, and has simple recipes with brilliant photography. For a little over $10 on Amazon, I think it is in itself a kitchen staple. So while I don’t NEED to follow this diet, thus I can’t speak on its effectiveness, I will say I found the recipes easily adaptable to my needs and preferences.  What more can you ask for in a cookbook than a great guide for some new foods?

BTW if the SCD isn’t your thing, interestingly enough my friend Julie of Am I There Yet? Posted a book review today also from Ulysses Press for The Vegan Athlete. Head on over and show her some love too.

Spring Fever VoxBox from Influenster

Once again I have qualified for and was sent a lovely box from Influenster to explore and promote. For round #3 I have been sent the wonderful Spring Fever VoxBox and it honestly may be my favorite one so far!

Spring Fever VoxBox
Included in the box: A new deodorant to try, which is good because I’ve been in the market for one since they discontinued my favorite kind several years ago. First world problems are hard, right? A hair style product where I dust it onto my hair for separation and hold. Not sure how I’ll use that since I never style my hair other than a ponytail, ha. Broadway nails where the glue is built into a tab on the nail itself. Since having my nails done last week at the ELLE event, I’ve been wanting to make them look pretty again, so this is perfect timing. I used to use Broadway nail products all the time in HS. Lip gloss. Honestly I read the ingredients and I probably won’t be using this since my kips would be too sensitive, but love the concept and think it is super cute. Finally the Tastykake treat. When I read it was Hershey’s chocolate and kale I was over the moon excited. Then I saw the 2nd or 3rd ingredient is palm oil. WHY! Frick. So this will be taste tested by a friend instead. Sadness. Here’s how to reach out to all the brands on Twitter, and stay tuned for my final review.

Secret Outlast Clear Gel
@SecretDeodorant / #WhiteMarksFail

Schwarzkopf Professional
@SchwarzkopfUSA / #OSiSLove

NYC New Yorkk Color Applelicious
Glossy Lip Balm

Tastykake Kandy Bar Kakes
@TastyKake / #TastyKake

Broadway Nails imPRESS
Press-on Manicure
@BwayNails / #imPressRevolution

Race Report : Tallmadge Memorial 5K

Yesterday morning I woke up and ran the 20th anniversary of the Tallmadge Memorial 5K. I’ve done this race several times in the past (2007, 2008, 2009 and 2012). I believe when I first started running it was “small” enough where everyone started at the same time. For the past several years they’ve done a special “women’s only” early start. Woman may opt to start later, but their qualifications for awards change. Back in the day we were given t-shirts and another year weird tech shirts. One year I missed or skipped and they were given tanks which I am STILL sour I missed. Last year we were given lightweight jackets (I LOVE mine) and this year, we were given jackets again, but of a heavier nature. I apologize for the poor quality of the picture. It looked nice at first, I swear!

I am proud to say I woke up on time and arrived on site on time too. Which is saying A FREAKING LOT because the women’s early start was at 7:30! Yep, I was there by 7:00 on a holiday, can you even estimate when I woke up? Well, don’t. It worked for me though, because some people were given shirts instead of jackets and since I was early enough I was not stuck with a shirt. Shirts are great, don’t get me wrong, but I have plenty. Given the early start most people were a little in zombie zone at first and milled about. I went back to my car to finish charging my music and do a lil social media check-in.  Then it was to the starting line and preparing for the fun. My body felt good and so did my spirits, even if I knew I was running on tired legs, given I attended a Zumbathon on Saturday. If you missed the Facebook posts, I attended my normal Saturday Zumba (1 hour) then went 2 hours later to a benefit for Relay for Life, where I danced for another 2 hours. 3 hours later I was sore-sore-happy-sore. I also gave away some Aquaphor.

Back to the race. The starting gun or whatever went off and I started to run. I had lined up mid pack, but found myself moving forward again and again and again. I knew the beginning was slightly up hill and I tried not to go out too hard. I felt like I was pushing, but not pushing too hard. The course is essentially out on a main road for about 1/2 a mile, then you turn right into a residential section and make it to marker 1. Up that aspect until maybe mile 1.5, turn around in the residential section and exit turning left onto the first main road. Instead of returning you take a right into another residential section, crossing marker 2. Down a slight hill before making two lefts and encountering a slow and steady hill. This is the hill I always hear first year runners complain about after the fact. Considering some years this race has been super hot and humid, it WILL get you if you’re not ready. At the top it’s another right onto the main road and all the way back to the finish!

I made it to mile one around 9:30. I could not freaking believe my eyes. Of course my body hates me (not really) and I started battling stomach issues immediately after this accomplishment  Not wanting to ship my pants (Love ya Kmart) I slowed up my pace and walked a little. I picked it back up, fighting the unpleasant urge for at least another mile. My stomach let up after the massive hill, but honestly what was the point? I didn’t give up, but I was slightly angry. I pushed it into the end though with a smile on my face. After all I was representing Team Aquaphor and I was proud!

Splits elevation
I finished about a minute slower than last year, but ya know what? I also finished pain free and having fun! I’m carrying more weight on me right now than I have my entire running career and I’m still making decent time. That has to count for something, right?

Afterward I went to my car to gather samples and picture taking devices and mingled with some friends. I ran in Elizabeth from my Grunt Girls team. Niall, a long standing running buddy, and Janice, one of my original racing buddies (from my triathlon days) and an amazing woman who walked the race on a broken femur! No for real she did. She’s due for surgery in a few days so she figured “What harm could I do?”. Amazing!

I also loved watching the men start, and of course after the men’s start there was a special Marine’s start. Have to remember it wasn’t all about the BBQs yesterday.

How did you spend YOUR Memorial Day? Have you started the Runner’s World Run Streak? 1 mile a day from Memorial to 4th of July? I’ve never done a streak before, but I figured now is as good of a time as any to give it a go.