Baked Sweet Potato Chips

Cheap and easy doesn’t have to mean unhealthy. There is proof in the mighty sweet potato! They deliver high amounts of fiber, potassium, and vitamin A. The sweet potato is microwaveable and a medium sized one is roughly 100 calories. How’s that for a meal prep miracle? Notable as well is the roll it plays in hormone synthesis during pregnancy and lactation! Oh… and sweet potatoes are high in vitamin C and can aid in cases of chronic inflammation. Those are a few reasons these are on our weekly shopping list! Below are two ways I like to use this powerful plant.

*Pro tip, Trader Joe’s sells frozen mashed sweet potatoes. 

This time last week we were checking into our hotel in Greensboro. A weekend away for an Ultra. An Ultra is technically anything over the marathon/26.2 mile distance. Jason nailed the 12 hour race with an impressively insane amount of miles. More on that here. Needless to say, we were looking forward to a low key Friday night at home with our dog watching the Hokies play. Since we first got together, Jason and I have often enjoyed our tradition of sharing a large baking sheet of nachos. We load up a pile of chips, go heavy on the healthy toppings, melt the cheese, and finish with a fair amount of homemade pico before chowing down. There are usually two sessions of this during any given football game. Every so often I sneak in my sweet potato chips. They can be used as a total tortilla chip substitute or as an accompaniment. They are sweet, simple, and I usually have all the ingredients on hand.

Half sweet potato chips, half organic corn chips, organic grass fed beef, lettuce, onions, black beans, jalapeños, cheese, pico

I have also used the little chips as a base for Thanksgiving appetizers. Simply top with brie or blue cheese, a few pomegrante seeds, pecans and rosemary. It is quite pretty and ads a festive flavor to your pre-dinner noshing. Get creative! You may just surprise yourself with what tastes good on these little guys.

When making my baked sweet potato chips, I use my favorite Williams Sonoma baking sheets. Seriously one of my fav kitchen items and the most versatile! I have a feeling that a baking rack would be a good option as well and may even yield a more crisper chip…or even your air fryer. But my basic, no frills cooking technique works just fine.

INGREDIENTS: 1 large sweet potato, 1 tbsp olive oil/melted ghee, dashes of seasonings of choice. For nachos think cayenne, coriander, cumin. For a sweet version, sub maple syrup or agave for the oil and use cinnamon. For a basic chip, use paprika, onion salt, and garlic powder.

DIRECTIONS: Preheat oven to 200 degrees. Peel potato, slice THIN on a mandolin or with a knife. Toss all ingredients into a large bag and toss. Line baking sheet with parchment paper. Lay out slices, leaving a little room between each. Bake for 2 hours. Flip halfway through.

That’s it. I hope you enjoy as much as we do! Tag me in your attempts. #FitPetiteEats

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