Firstly I would like to clarify exactly what it is that I mean by the word ‘chips’. Chips are long thin slices of root vegetable (traditionally potatoes) that are eaten as part of a main meal whereas ‘crisps’ are a convenient snack that are usually eaten from a packet.
Although both of these things can be made out of a variety of vegetables I would like to first draw your attention to the idea of vegetable chips that can be eaten either as part of a larger meal or as the entire meal itself.
Not only is this tastier that eating an entire plate of chips but it also counts towards your ‘5 a day’ and provides a wider range of vitamins and minerals.
A selection of vegetables that are commonly used includes: Sweet Potatoes, Beetroot, Swede, Butternut squash, Carrots and Parsnips.
I do not peel by vegetables, not only does it reduce waste but it is also it is helps preserve a lot of the nutrients such as potassium, fiber, and B vitamins that you would otherwise be throwing away. In addition to this the majority of ingredients I use are organically grown and devoid of pesticide and herbicide residue that is left on the skin of some conventionally grown fruit and veg.
Recipe (serves 2):
Place a wok or frying pan on medium heat fill with oil roughly 2cm deep, leave to heat whilst preparing the vegetables.
Begin chopping the vegetables into slices. Expect resistance from the sweet potato and swede.
Depending on the size of your wok/frying pan and amount of ingredients, the chips may have to be fried in batches. Prepare enough for one batch (enough to cover the base of the pan) and fry for 5 minutes or until golden brown.
Optional: Add a little bit of seasoning whilst frying: black pepper, ginger, garlic or paprika depending on taste. Serve with salt and vinegar.
Cooking oil: Half olive/half sunflower oil,
Suggested vegetables: 1 Sweet Potato, 1/2 Swede, 2 Parsnips,
Pinch of black pepper,
Optional: ginger, garlic or paprika.
No specialist equipment needs to be used however if you feel as if you have something in your cupboards that will make your life easier I urge you to use it.