Homemade Potato Chips!

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I hope everyone had a wonderful holiday!  I wanted to share a gift I got from my mother-in-law, a microwave potato chip maker, very cool!  I was extremely impressed by this product and I cannot wait to try other vegetables such as, carrots, sweet potatoes and maybe some turnips.  Looks like I will get to experiment and have some fun!

Well, here she is!  It even came with a small mandolin!!!!  I have always wanted those too!  By the way, she purchased this product at Bed Bath and Beyond.

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Super simple to use, wash one potato . . .

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Place the mandolin on top of a bowl.

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Now let the mandolin work its magic as it slices the potato into very thin pieces.

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Place the potato slices onto the tray but do not over lap.  This is very important, my first try I overlapped the potatoes and they stuck together and it took much longer. It takes about 2 to 3 minutes in the microwave, depending upon the microwave.

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Drum roll . . . dum, dum,dum, dum . . . . . . . . . .Here they are . . .  So stinkin’ cool!  Taste just like a potato chip, ok maybe a bland potato chip but just dust with a dash of salt!

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The first night we had the chips we just dipped in ketchup but they are great plain or in your favorite dip.  I am so, so excited to try more foods!  Even fruit too!  Woohoo!  And it only takes a couple of minutes!

Plus, if you actually eat an entire potato it would be a huge serving because it is sliced very thin!  I would totally recommend this product for busy families like myself. 

 

DID YOU KNOW?  Potatoes are loaded with good-for-you-nutrition, chockfull of vitamin and minerals.  Sometimes I think the poor potato is deemed as a “bad” food but in reality there are many benefits, maybe just not loaded in oil and eaten in large amounts, ah-ha!

Here is a great (picture) resource from the US Potato Board.

POTATO NUTRITION 101 – The Breakdown

Potassium
Potatoes rank among the top 20 vegetables and fruits in potassium content.  Potassium helps maintain normal blood pressure and plays an important role in transmitting nerve impulses that help muscles contract.

Vitamin C
Potatoes are an excellent source of vitamin C.  Vitamin C helps prevent cellular damage that acts as an antioxidant.  Vitamin C also aids in iron absorption and promotes collage production (helps heals cut and keeps you from getting sick, too!). 

Fiber

One medium potato contains 2 grams of fiber! Fiber is helpful in reducing cholesterol and the driving force to satiety (making you feel full)!

Vitamin B6

Vitamin B6 plays a key role in carbohydrate and protein metabolism, a must-have vitamin in turning food into energy!

Iron
One medium potato provides 6% of the recommended daily value of iron. Iron is known as the “fatigue-fighting” mineral.  It helps bring oxygen to blood cells, therefore, providing energy to our cells, ahh . . . energy, something we all need!

 

So my message for today, don’t hate the potato!  There is always love for the potato, just watch how you bake/cook it or what you put on it, Smile!

Hooray for the potato!

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