How to Make Low-Fat Chips That Taste Great—Delicious, Low-Cal Potato Ideas
Delicious Low-Fat, Low-Calorie Potato Chips
One portion of these delicious tasty chips is a meager 263 calories. While these chips are low in calories and fat, there is nothing low calorie or low fat about the taste.
I have used Maris Piper potatoes, they make great chips. If you don't have this brand of potato make sure you chose a similar type.
- 4 large potatoes in their skins, I like to use Maris Piper potatoes
- 3 garlic cloves, crushed
- coarse sea salt
- 75 ml vegetable or sunflower oil
- 1 handful fresh thyme sprigs
- Wash the potatoes, ensuring the skins are clean.
- Put the potatoes in a pot of salted water and bring to the boil. Simmer for 10 minutes.
- Strain the potatoes and leave to steam for 10 minutes.
- While the potatoes steam, preheat the oven at 200ºC/gas mark 6.
- Place a baking tray with the vegetable oil, crushed garlic cloves and fresh thyme sprigs in the oven to heat through.
- Once the potatoes have steamed, remove from the pot and cut into healthy sized chunks.
- Remove the baking tray from the oven and add in the potato chunks.
- Sprinkle with the coarse sea salt and place the baking tray back into the oven.
- After 10 minutes turn the oven down to 180ºC/gas mark 4.
- Cook for a further 20 minutes till the potato chips are golden brown and crisp. Remove the potato chips from the oven.
- Sprinkle with a little more coarse sea salt if, like myself, you are a salt lover. Serve straight away.
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The Low-Down on Potatoes
Potatoes are an excellent food source and provide many much-needed minerals and vitamins: potassium, magnesium, vitamin C, and potassium, to name put a few. The actual fiber content of a potato including the skin is equivalent to numerous whole grain breads, pastas, and breakfast cereals that we consume daily.
Potatoes have no cholesterol and are a great energy food. They are one of the lowest calorie foods, among other staple food categories like maize, rice, and soya.
Potatoes are high on the glycemic index (GI) and are therefore often off the menu for those on diets. However, the GI of potatoes does actually depend on the type of potato, how it's cooked, and what it's eaten with.
Healthy Potato Dishes
The simple fact of the matter is that potatoes are only as healthy as the foods we eat with them. Rich, high-calorie toppings like cheese and sour cream turn the healthy potato into a fat-ladened dish. Hold the mayo on your fries and ban the butter on your mash. Below is a list of tasty, low-fat accompaniments to keep your potato a healthy option. Choose your favourites and enjoy.
- Add thyme, chives, parsley, oregano, nutmeg, or finely diced spring onion.
- Add mustard, horseradish, sour cream, paprika, or cracked black pepper.
Roast Potatoes And Chips:
- Add thyme, rosemary, sage, or sweet paprika.
- Add crushed garlic cloves, finely diced garlic, garlic powder, or garlic salt.
- Top with tomato salsa and sprinkle over a little diced smoked bacon, spicy salami or crumbled feta cheese.
- Top with a sweet relish (tomato; sweetcorn; red pepper) add cooked chicken, flaked tuna fish or cooked prawns.
- Opt for naturally low-fat toppings: cottage cheese, baked beans, sweetcorn or homemade coleslaw.
- Add chives, parsley, oregano, finely diced red onion, or finely chopped spring onion.
- Dress with natural yogurt and mint, sour cream and chives, basil and olive oil, or honey and mustard.
The best way to discover new and exciting potato dishes is to try out new recipes. The mere potato is a great food source and can be very satisfying. Don't ban this vegetable from your diet! Ban the high-fat toppings (not always, but most of the time).
© 2012 Gabriel Wilson