Thursday, July 11, 2013

Go From Chip-aholic to Veg-aholic

Sometimes you just need a little CRUNCH, am I right? You're leading an organic lifestyle now though, and a bag of potato chips just isn't an option because you don't want to feed your body toxic, addictive chemicals and preservatives - especially not the ubiquitous MSG! (Side note: there can actually be MULTIPLE forms of MSG in a single bag of potato chips, in addition to thing like citric acid and gum arabic [used in printing, paint production, glue, cosmetics...YUM?] ) Fear not! The snack food aisle shall be your weakness no longer and arabic gum shall forever be removed from your diet and bloodstream (thank goodness!) - I'm going to hook you up with some divine alternatives to give you that crunch without navigating off-track!

Your New Go-To for CRUNCH!
Carrot, Kale, Sweet Potato, Seaweed & Cauliflower "Chips"
Served With A Diced Farmer's Salsa
All Homemade, All Organic

The best part about making your own vegetable chips is that they are absolutely and 100% naturally delicious - AND BONUS - insanely simple to make! (DOUBLE BONUS: Look at those colors - you deserve a pat on the back after eating these...instead of guilt and self-loathing.)

To begin, grab your favorite veggies. I recommend carrots, sweet potatoes, kale, zucchini, yellow squash. (You can also make fruit varieties with apples, mangos, apricots, etc.)

Preheat the oven to 375*.

Wash, dry and peel your veggies. Then, using a large potato peeler or mandolin slicer, create thin "chip-like" slices of your veggies. You can mix it up and slice them longways for longer, curling "dipper"-like chips, or in the typical shape of a chip. 

Spritz the baking sheet with your organic oil of choice.

Now the fun part - Customization!!!

I typically add the veggies and ingredients listed below for each flavor in a paper bag and shake them up. You can also just place the veggies on the baking sheet, spritz with your organic oil of choice and the sprinkle the seasonings on top (except Salt & Vinegar, for which I recommend shaking). 

A Few of My Favorites:

Salt & Vinegar - Organic Malt or Apple Cider Vinegar, Sea Salt (I prefer a very light coating of a coarse sea salt, but others prefer a more finely ground sea salt. Either will work - thats the beauty in customized veggie chips!!)

Old Bay - Organic Old Bay Seasoning

Onion - Organic Onion Powder , Pinch of Sea Salt

Nacho - High Quality Hormone Free Aged Parmesan Cheese, Organic Red Chili Seasoning, Pinch of Organic Onion Powder

Cinnamon - Organic Ground Cinnamon (This is particularly delicious on apples, carrots and sweet potatoes)

Italian - I like to use Bragg Sprinkles (it isn't technically Italian seasoning  but it is delicious!) I recommend Simply Organics for a more traditional Italian Seasoning

ParmesanHigh Quality Hormone Free Aged Parmesan Cheese ( I recommend spritzing with Organic Olive Oil)

Cracked Pepper - Organic Freshly Ground Black Pepper, Pinch of Sea Salt

Well, I could just go on and on with suggestions, but those should cover the majority of your cravings! Now, I turn it over to you! Consider yourself on the path toward chip-aholism recovery! 

Have fun with it - play around with your organic seasonings - mix up different combos at once to please the whole fam! 
And please come on back and show off your your ideas and colorful photos with us!

Recolor the way you look at food.& As Always, Keep It Real,

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