Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Microwave Potato Chips

That is right--MICROWAVE potato chips! I saw a post on this a few months ago and thought for sure it was a hoax. I don't say it often, but I stand corrected. These chips came out crispy with ZERO oil or fat!  They were so easy to make and my kids actually loved them. My husband looked at me like I was crazy (not a first time) when I told him what I was doing. After his first taste, he was the one admitting that he was wrong!

You can season these chips anyway you want to! Simple salt, bar-b-que rub,  Italian seasonings, almost anything! A batch for us was 5 potatoes this mean that a "normal bag's worth" of my "Fit Chips" cost me less than $1! If you have organic potatoes on hand...you just saved yourself a TON of money! You now have organic potato chips for less than $2!

These chips are perfect for a "clean" eating diet. There is nothing added-just a potato and some spices!

Check this out...
Normal storebought chips have 10 grams of fat per 15 chips, 
 these "fit chips" have 0.2 grams of fat per 15 chips!

Here is how you make them:
  1. Slice your potatoes paper thin (use a mandolin if you have one). Mine were a bit chunkier but still amazing.You can peel them if you like. There is so much "good stuff" in the skins so I leave them on!
  2. Wash your potatoes slices in cold water.
  3. Dry your potatoes either in a salad spinner or with towels. The drier you get them, the better.
  4. Place your potato slices on a glass plate. Some recipes suggest using parchment on top and bottom. I did not have any on hand.
  5. Microwave for about 8 minutes. 
  6. DONE

No joke! That is it! Since I was making them for my whole family, they did take a while but 8 minutes for a single serving of super healthy-crisp potato chips is well worth it! I hope you try them and enjoy!

Friday, July 26, 2013

Healthy Baked Oatmeal Muffins - 3 ingredients

Okay....This recipe is going to sound too simple to be true but trust me...it is simple and AWESOME! There is no added sugar and no oil!

I came across this recipe from my friend Christine over at Juggling Real Food and Real Life.  She and I both share a passion for giving our families "real" food so I know that I can always trust her recipes! This time, I knew that I had to try it so I ventured to the kitchen only to find that I did not have all of the ingredients. Since I am more of a mad scientist than a cook, I decided to try making them with what I had on hand..to my surprise, they worked!

These baked oatmeal muffins have been a hit with my kids - they ask for them at least 3 times a week. I certainly don't argue because they are simple, can be  made in many different varieties, and my version is totally organic!

Before I tell you about my version...I hope you will check out the original recipe from Christine HERE.

29 cents a pound!
  • 2 large bananas mashed (ripe works best)
  • 2 cups of oatmeal (any variety)
  • 2 tablespoons of milk (I use coconut but any works)
  • any fresh fruit (strawberries, blueberries, etc. - also can be made without) 
Notice that my version has no oil and no added sugar. The kids don't notice a difference and I certainly am not going to tell them!

Strawberry version next to my homemade veggie sausage!
  1. Preheat Oven to 350 degrees
  2. Mix together bananas, oatmeal, and milk
  3. Gently fold in your fresh fruit
  4. Pour in greased muffin pans
  5. Bake for about 20-25 minutes
  6. ENJOY!

Can you believe that it is this easy I couldn't! I try to make a double batch but if these muffins are in the house...they are gobbled up quickly!

Thank you Christine for the inspiration! I hope you get inspired as well and create some amazing baked oatmeal muffins!