Last year, I submitted my frozen tofu salad recipe to Annabel Karmel’s member recipe column for fun. Being one of the first 10 recipes unloaded in Autumn, I received a copy of Annabel Karmel’s “Top 100 Finger Foods” cookbook. And, the wonderful thing is that, it reached me two days before Christmas!! This book features a collection of many quick and easy recipes for both babies and older children. This sweet potato crisp is one of the recipes that I am fond of after trying it out. It tastes slightly sweet yet healthy that you can make for your kids (or maybe your loved ones) this Valentine’s Day.
If you goggled about sweet potato and its nutritional value, you will have no reasons not to love it more. Not only is it sweet in taste, inexpensive, readily available and versatile, it’s also packed with many essential nutrients beneficial to our health. It’s low in calories and contains no saturated fat and cholesterol. Besides that, it is loaded with flavonoid anti-oxidants (such as beta-carotene and vitamin A), vitamins (vitamin B6, vitamin C and vitamin D), minerals (iron, potassium and magnesium), and dietary fiber (if eaten with skins).
Sweet potato is one of our family’s favourite root vegetables. I had introduced it into my son’s diet since his weaning stage. Even until now, he never get bored eating it. In the past, I added it into congee, made it into dessert or just steamed and enjoyed it plain. Well, making these crisps is definitely new to me but had been done by others around the world such as Simply Recipes and Tiny Urban Kitchen.
Given that they are baked rather than fried, these oven baked crisps are low in fat yet still retain their natural sweetness and crispiness as fried chips when freshly baked from the oven. So, trust me, kids would definitely love it and ask for more. My son complained that I should make more as he didn’t get enough with his share. THEY.ARE.SO.ADDICTIVE!!!
This snack is so easy to prepare that no one should give it a miss. You can slice your sweet potato with either a swivel peeler or mandolin. Make sure the slices are thin and even in thickness so that they can be browned and crisped at the same time. Having them soak in water to help get rid of the excess starch which will make them crispier when baked. But, keep an eye on them when baking, especially towards the end of the cooking time as they can turn brown easily.
I wish you all HAPPY VALENTINE’S DAY!!
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