I have to admit, one of my huge weaknesses are chips. Any kind of chips; Doritos, Cheetos, Frito’s, Potato chips, pretzels, etc… One of the things that has been hard for me to change is my chip habit. I actually gave up chips for lent twice! After a few weeks, I didn’t really think about them anymore, but once lent was over, the first thing I had….chips! It doesn’t help that I buy the chips that come into my house either! At Aldi Food stores, their chips are .99 cents a bag, so I load up every week, so I can put them in the kids lunches, we snack on them over the weekend etc… But, obviously in weight loss mode, I have to diminish my chip intake! But what’s a girl to do to replace it? Carrot sticks? I think not. I was googling healthy snacks the other day and found a recipe for these at www.allrecipes.com. Imagine my delight when I read that you could actually make your own potato chips right in your microwave with no oil! Can this be? I am happy to say, these are really good! And it takes less than 10 minutes to make! You need:
- 1 medium russet potato
- parchment paper
- whatever other seasonings you want; cumin, chili powder, Lawry’s season salt, Old Bay Seasoning, whatever you like! I used a combo of just salt and pepper.
Slice the potatoes as thin as possible. A food processor would work well, or if you have a fancy mandolin slicer, that would work too!
Place the parchment paper in your microwave. Spread the potato slices without them touching. You can put the seasonings on now. Microwave on high for about 4-5 minutes. Don’t walk away! When you start to see brown spots, turn off the microwave and wait 1 minute. Microwave on high again until golden brown. (about another minute or so).
I even saw an idea about making salt and vinegar chips (which one of my son loves) by dipping each potato slice in cider vinegar before putting it on the parchment paper, sprinkle with salt and follow the same procedure mentioned above.
You can eat all the chips for only 60 calories, trace fat and 1 fiber!!
Snack on my friends!!
Check back tomorrow, I am attempting another healthy snack – roasted chick peas (garbanzo beans). I’m making those tonight and I’ll let you know how they turn out! They are supposed to turn out golden and crunchy!