Salty. Crunchy. Dippable.
Do these sound anything like your snack-y cravings? Does it always feel like the foods that meet these criteria aren't really the best option? I'm with you -- they tend to be packaged, processed, and full of junk we don't need. Luckily, we can choose to create snacks at home.
Enter: homemade eggplant chips! These make a delicious alternative to packaged potato chips. They're a great way to work some extra veggies into your life without all of those less-than-good-for-us trans fats and preservatives.
I am always recommending that clients - especially new parents seeking healthy options for their little ones - have snacks on that hand that more closely approximate food we'd eat at meal times, rather than food we'd have at a movie theatre. Real food will always be the better fuel for the body, because we can actually derive some useable energy and body-supporting nutrients (rather than engineered tastes that promote food addiction and cravings, unstable blood sugar, and fatigue). Who says snack food has to come in a bag? Whip up a batch of these and keep them on hand for your next snack attack. Chances are you'll need less of them to feel satisfied -- and your body will thank you for the whole fuel.
Let's get started!
Start with one whole eggplant. I found this sweet guy at the 79th Street NYC Greenmarket -- local eating is delicious!
Slice into thin chips.
Spread on a baking tray and bake at 350F for 30-35 minutes until crispy.
Who needs Lays when you have these?!
- 1 whole eggplant, washed, ends removed
- 1/3 cup olive oil in a small dish
- salt and pepper to taste
- 1. Preheat the oven to 350F.
- 2. Slice the eggplant into thin 'chips'. Make sure they're thicker than a 1/4" so they're less likely to fall apart.
- 3. Spread in a single layer on a foil-lined baking tray.
- 4. Use a spoon to evenly distribute the olive oil over the tops of each chip.
- 5. Sprinkle with salt and pepper.
- 6. Bake at 350F for 30-35 minutes until the chips become brown and crispy. Remove from the oven and let sit for 10 minutes before removing from tray.
- Serve with hummus, atop a salad, or with your favorite Indian dish. (Check out the From the Ground Up recipe pages for ideas!)