FRUIT & VEGGIES MONDAY #26: Homemade Potato Crisps (Some Flat, Some Spiral!)

Don't bother buying potato crisps/chips from a store... they are easy to make at home and a much healthier option for adults and children alike.  Even crisps advertised as being MSG free are still usually cooked in some kind of processed vegetable oil, made with poor quality potatoes, and waaaaay too much salt.  For the sake of spending half an hour making them yourself, it's more than worth it!

You know me well enough now to know I don't ever buy my 2 year old son snacks from a shop but always make them myself.  I wouldn't want him to miss out on things other children consider 'treats' such as crisps and chocolate bars, but these things aren't treats when they're loaded with processed and artificial ingredients, but rather they're harmful to our children.  So my advice is always to learn a few simple snacks to make at home, and then everybody is happy and healthy!

(I came across this curious Irish proverb last week - "It is easy to halve the potato where there is love" - anyone able to shed light on what it means???!  Perhaps it's obvious and I'm just not getting it?!)

I have two methods of making these potato snacks... one is using a vegetable peeler, and the other is using this cool little gadget called a 'Magic Spiral' (you can buy them online, very cheap).

Simply insert the plastic bit into the top of the potato, and swirl the metal bit around and around!

Lay them carefully onto a baking tray, drizzle with a very small amount of oil (a healthy oil such as coconut, avocado, flax, olive) and sprinkle with black pepper or spices, whatever you like!  Bake them in the oven at about 200 degrees Celsius for about 20 minutes, until they're looking golden and crunchy. 

This other method using a vegetable peeler is super easy.  Simply peel slices off the spud!  Then lay them in a single layer on a baking tray, drizzle of oil, sprinkle of seasoning, bake at 200 degrees Celsius for 15 minutes or so.

These have a tendency to stick a little so use a metal spatula to free them!

Crunchy and delicious!

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