Sometimes I wish I could be a chef. Nix that. Sometimes I wish I had a chef. I wish I had a chef like Alexis Colantonia, who is not only a remarkable talented chef, but also the founder of a private chef company that focuses on healthy and delicious foods. When asked about quick, healthy, inexpensive snacks, Alexis offered up so many clever ideas, including a recipe for these beautiful Sweet Potato Chips that she had me simultaneously licking my licks and wishing I could pocket Alexis for those moments when my family is starving and I can’t think of a single clever thing to feed them. Alexis wasn’t up to living life in my pocket, but she was–quite thankfully–willing to share two of her most delicious, healthy & budget friendly snack recipes.
A few of my favorite delicious and inexpensive snack ideas are:
Baked kale chips: Kale, like all dark leafy greens is full of calcium and nutrients. While this isn’t the quickest recipe, you can pop these in the oven at the beginning of the week when youre reading or watching tv. They require little effort other than putting in and taking out of the oven.
- Take 1 head of kale – rinse and take out the fibrous middle stem, 6 Tablespoons of Extra Virgin Olive Oil, and a bit of sea salt. Preheat the oven to 200 degreesplace olive oil and sea salt in a bowl. Toss kale in the extra virgin olive oil then lay the oil-coated kale in a single layer flat on a baking sheet and bake for minutes. The result is crispy and crunchy kale snacks.
Store in an air tight container to maintain crispness.
Roasted & Baked Sweet Potatoes: Like kale chips, instead of giving your kids actual potato chips or sugary snacks, try enticing them with roasted sweet potatoes.
- Cut potatoes (with the skin on for extra nutrients into 1/4 inch wide pieces. Toss sliced potato with 4 Tablespoons of minced rosemary, Extra Virgin Olive Oil and sea salt. Place in a since layer on a sheet tray and roast at 350 degrees until crispy and cooked (about 25 minutes). If you sweet potatoes are not crispy, place them under the broiler for a minute or two.
These are a great twist on the classic rosemary sea salt potato chips!
Alexis Colantonio is a chef and the owner and founder of Natural Gourmet Kitchen – a private chef / health supportive cooking and catering company that serves the City of New York healthy, delicious and affordable meals. Natural Gourmet Kitchen works with client’s individual needs to create menus that support their health and satisfy their palates. You can find more incredible recipes and tips at her website NaturalGourmetKitchen.com