Can Potato Chips Be Healthy?

5 Oct

  Since potatoes have a reputation as a high-carb, many weight-conscious eaters have removed them from the meals.  Please don’t give up on the power of the potato because after reading this you will be jumping for joy over home-made chips!

Here is How To Make “Healthy” Microwave Potato Chips That I Guarantee You Will LOVE!

I first discovered microwave potato chips four years ago, when my mother in law bought me a Mastrad potato chip maker.  It comes with the silicone chip maker as well as a mandoline slicer to ensure even thickness of the slices.  This potato chip maker is nothing short of a revelation. Even now four years, the fact that a short spin in the microwave can transform slices of potato into crispy (truly crispy!) chips without needing a drop of oil still seems like magic.

I was inspired to write this week’s post thanks to my blog friend Jen @ pancakestuesday.  Jen made beautiful kale, zucchini and apple chips and while they all look amazing, I would never get my husband to eat any of them!  Potatoes are a very popular food, unfortunately, most people eat potatoes in the form of greasy french fries or potato chips, and even baked potatoes are typically loaded down with fats such as butter, sour cream, melted cheese and bacon bits.

When making these chips don’t peel the potato, consume both the flesh and the skin (the dietary fiber is in the potato skin.).  Just scrub the potato under cold running water right before cooking and then remove any deep eyes or bruises with a paring knife.

These chips are surprisingly good all on their own with no adornments, but they also take very well to seasonings.  I like to sprinkle a few pinches of sea salt over the tops just before they go in the microwave.  A few shakes of chili powder or Memphis style barbecue seasoning also make a fun change from the usual.

While this is an easy technique for making a crispy low-fat treat, it’s not the quickest.  One potato makes 4 to 5 batches, and each batch takes about five minutes.  Which is to say, these chips are much more suited as a snack for one than a big dinner party appetizer.

Storing – Chips will stay crispy for a few days if kept in an airtight container or zip-lock bag.  You can also prepare the raw slices ahead of time, store them in cold water in the refrigerator, and bake them as you want them.

Step by step instructions:

1. Thinly Slice the Potato – Slice the potato on a the slicer that comes in the pack with the Mastrad chip maker.

2. Soak and Rinse the Slices – Rinse the slices in cold water until the water stays clear.

3. Dry the Slices – Dry the slices between two paper towels.

4. Season the Slices – Arrange as many slices as will fit in a single layer on the Mastrad chip maker.  Make sure the slices do not touch or else they stick together.  If desired, sprinkle with salt or other spices.

5. Microwave the Slices – Microwave the slices at 100% power for 4-5 minutes or until they are crispy & golden.  *No need to flip

6. Repeat with Remaining Batches – Transfer cooked chips to a bowl and repeat with the remaining slices of potato.

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What do you think?  Could you skip the deep-fried french fries?  

If potato chips are normally off-limits to you, this healthy snack certainly hits the spot when you want something crunchy and lite.  ENJOY!

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3 Responses to “Can Potato Chips Be Healthy?”

  1. pancakestuesday October 5, 2012 at 11:27 am #

    Thanks for the mention! And these potato chips look amazing!!! I can’t wait to try them out! 🙂

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