Monday, August 3, 2015

Friday, Week 2 - Healthy Chips - Potato, Kumara and Kale

Today we made chips!  Healthy chips - and a variety of them at that.  We made potato chips, kumara chips and kale chips and we made a tomato sauce (recipe in previous post minus the basil we picked from the garden today and chopped finely) for dipping instead of using ketchup and we roasted some garlic too.  It was an interesting day... a little stressful towards the end of the day - but we managed.

First, we chopped up all the potatoes and kumara into chip-shape pieces and put them in a big pot with cold water.

Once the water had started to boil, we drained it and put the chips onto baking trays to cook in the oven.  We sprayed oil over them, and added salt, garlic granules, pepper and dried coriander.  We coated them all and put them in a really hot really hot oven for twenty minutes.  We had enough to fill 8 baking trays.  

Potato/Kumara Chips

A few potatoes or kumaras
Garlic granules
Dried coriander
Low calorie oil spray

Chop up the potatoes and kumara into chip-shape pieces.  Put in pot and bring to a boil.  Once boiling, drain and put on baking tray lined with baking paper.  Coat in oil, salt pepper, garlic granules,and dried coriander.  Bake at 240 degrees Celsius - yes that hot - in the oven for 20 - 30 minutes, turning once.  

The kids also enjoyed making the kale chips.  I bought 2 big bags of the stuff and only used 3/4 of one so we can make them again next week as they were surprisingly such a hit!  

Kale Chips

Nutritional Yeast

These are so easy to make:  Wash the kale and put it on a baking tray - make sure it's not piled high - just one level - otherwise it won't cook properly.  Spray a little oil over top.  Sprinkle with salt, pepper and nutritional yeast and then cook in the oven at 180 degrees Celsius for 8-10 minutes. The nutritional yeast makes the flavour.  They should come out of the oven crispy and super tasty! 

These are the finished products in bowls waiting to be plated:

You can see that I left the skins on as the skin is just as nutritious as the rest, if not more so.  I think pretty much all the children loved this.  I think some were a little apprehensive about trying the kale, but one of our very popular playworkers shouted out, "Try the green stuff first - it's delicious!" They respect her and they did just that.  Just about all the plates came back clean. The roasted garlic - I didn't put on everyone's plate - I offered it to some kids and some of them tried it.  Some took another piece and a few of them: "Ew, disgusting!"  I am really proud of them for giving it a go.  

Kumaras or sweet potatoes are a naturally low GI food.  They are low in fat, high in fibre, full of the B vitamins, and have good amounts of iron, calcium and potassium too.  

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