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Pampered Chef Homemade Potato Chip Recipes
Pampered Chef Microwave Potato Chip Maker
Last week I made my first ever homemade potato chip and it was very tasty, and if you can believe this it was made in the microwave! Is that possible? Yes, it is! I recently discovered a Microwave Chip Maker through Pampered Chef. I tried it,with a little hesitation and even a little doubt, and I loved it! The potato chip that is created from this kitchen tool is tasty, crispy, and HEALTHY!
Why not just buy a bag of potato chips?
There are many reasons! Do you really know how unhealthy potato chips are? Potato chips are made from fried potatoes. To date they are one of the top junk foods in America! I honestly don't know anyone who doesn't like some kind of potato chip, whether it be plain, plain served with dip or the flavored variety. BBQ is my favorite! Did you know that the fat used to cook potato chips increases the calories per serving without increasing nutritional value? This kind of potato chip can only be eaten in moderation and really, who can do that? I know I can't.
The Skinny on the fattening chip!
If you eat 100 g of store bought potato chips you will consume approximately the following calorie intake:
- Plain salted potato chips = 547 calories
- Plain unsalted potato chips = 536 calories
- Barbecue potato chips = 491 calories
- Cheese flavored potato chips = 496 calories
- Sour cream and onion potato chips = 531 calories
- EVEN reduced fat potato chips = 471 calories
According to the USDA Nutrient Database, 100 g of potato chips has 50.81 g. This breaks down into 4.4 g from dietary fiber, 0.37 g from sugars and the rest from a mix of starch and other carbohydrates.
Protein and Fat
Potato chips are not particularly high in protein; however, they are high in fat. A 100 g serving of potato chips contains only 6.56 g of protein and as much as 36.4 g of fat! The types of fat will vary because different brands use different fats to make the potato chip.
How much healthier is a homemade potato chip?
Homemade potato chips are a lot healthier with the microwave chip maker. When you use this tool there is no deep frying, there is no oil! The fats that manufacturers use in their process to make their chips taste so good are non-existent! The calorie intake of 100 g of potato chips made with this tool is a whopping 109 calories, and it is so easy to make!
Coupled with a simple slicer or mandolin, cut a plain russet potato very thin! If there are numbers on your slicer go with the #1 choice when using the slicer - that's the thinnest. Lay the thin potato slices around the microwave chip maker without overlapping. Sprinkle with the flavor of your choice. A little bit of salt works perfect! Microwave for 2 to 4 minutes if using one microwave chip maker or if using two at once switch the top chip maker to the bottom and microwave another 2 to 4 minutes. That's it! Crispy, tasty and HEALTHY!
Works with Rubs and other seasonings too!
- white pepper
- cayenne pepper
- chili powder
- onion powder
- garlic powder
- ranch dressing powder
- cheese powder
- italian salad dressing powder
- BBQ Rub
Two more great reasons to make homemade potato chips!
You save money! Even when they are on sale store bought potato chips cost big money!!! On sale I can usually get a bag (which should be full but is really only 1/2 full now a days) for $2.50. When not on sale you usually have to shell out anywhere from $3.99 to $4.99 for a bag of chips! You can make the same amount with 2 big potatoes for around $1.00 throw some salt on and there you go!
It's a fun snack for the kids! This tool can also be used with apples, sweet potatoes, and yuccas. No slicing for them of course but my two boys love to place the thin slices on the microwave chip maker, sprinkle them with their favorite flavor, and watch them get crispy in the microwave. A perfect, healthy, money-saving, after school snack!
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