Controlling, fat and unnecessary

Aren’t commas great? They make a mundane, uptight phrase so much more interesting.

You see, “controlling fat and unnecessary additives” should really be today’s headline, but it’s a bit dry, isn’t it. I much prefer ‘controlling, fat and unnecessary’, which sounds much more salacious and intriguing. You read that and think, “Is she talking about herself, her mother-in-law, who else?”

But actually, I’m talking about how just a little effort can go a long way toward improving your family’s diets.

Now, I’m as big a fan of convenience foods as the next stressed-out-over-scheduled parent, but there’s one mass selling processed food that I just don’t understand – frozen chips. And here’s why…

You have to preheat the oven to 200C. Open the packet; pour them onto an oven tray. Bake 10 minutes then turn and bake for another 10. And then you have a half soggy chip that has been processed in a factory and shipped in plastic, then bought (at a premium) by you and prepared.

Here’s what I do for my chips.

My new fav kitchen toy - makes vegies instantly more fun

I buy potatoes. Not in plastic. I preheat the oven to 200C. I peel my potatoes and chop them with my new favourite wiggly chopper. It takes about 3-4 minutes to do 3-4 potatoes. I put them on the tray, and toss them with olive oil, salt & pepper. After 10 minutes, I sprinkle over parmesan cheese and bake for another 10-15 minutes until they are golden and crunchy and delicious.

REALLY yum, REALLY easy.

So my total extra effort isn’t much. And the result is SO much better. You can control the amount of olive oil and salt that you use (remember that every teaspoon of olive oil contains 4.5g of fat – .621g of which is saturated).

Like my muesli bars and beetroot tzatziki, sometimes we can easily produce a better tasting, healthier version of ‘convenience’ foods at home. Just sayin’.

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17 Responses so far »

  1. 1

    where do I get the wiggly chopper from?

  2. 4

    Cara said,

    I love the effect of the wiggly chopper! Where can I get one?

    • 5

      wendyblume said,

      Cara, search for ‘crinkle chip cutter’ and find one in your price bracket – there’s a whole bunch of different ones. Mine was just a cheapy, but is working no problem.

      • 6

        Cara said,

        Excellent! I got one from Peters of Kensington, $9.50 inc postage and I’ll receive it tomorrow! Bargain!

  3. 7

    Elizabeth said,

    Love it too, Just bought this one on ebay…

    http://www.ebay.com.au/itm/Wavy-Knife-/200616828682?pt=AU_Cutlery&hash=item2eb5b1df0a

    Cost $5.95, plus same again for postage.
    Kids will love it though!

  4. 9

    Antonia said,

    Our family always had a crinkly cutter. They’re the best! (And they seem to last pretty well, too.) I use it for cheese “sticks” and cubes to go in lunch boxes. It also jazzes up chopped carrots, and most sorts of roast vegies.

    I love the idea of adding parmesan to the chips – can’t wait to try it. Sounds like it would make them (to rip off someone else’s slogan), a ‘little bit fancy’….

  5. 11

    Shaz said,

    I always love homemade chips much better than any you can buy frozen at the supermarket. We never bother buying them. Definitely going to be on the lookout for one of those cutters. Would be great for slicing my sons carrots for his school lunchbox.

  6. 12

    Debbie said,

    Just bought one of those cutters from House for $3.99…bargain and just what i needed too as my fussy twins wont eat roast potatoes,or any other vegie and once i used the cutter & called them chips they were all gobbled up!

  7. 13

    Jo said,

    I can’t figure what I’m doing wrong with my homemade chips. I don’t have a wiggly chopper (will be looking out for one now though!), so I just cut chip-shapes from my (peeled) spuds, pat dry on paper towel, toss in grapeseed oil with a tiny ‘twist’ of salt shaker, then bake on tray at 200deg. They take nearly an hour to cook (with turning about halfway). How do you get urs to cook so quickly, Wendy?? What’s the secret?

  8. 17

    Mel said,

    I love homemade chips too… I chop ’em into chip shapes par boil for 10 mins, drain, swish with a bit of olive oil in the pan, add some dried rosemary and bit of salt then empty onto a tray and chuck under the grill for 5 mins on high and out come super crispy chips- potato, carrot, sweet potato or pumpkin ones! 🙂 Will try parmesan next time too, that sounds yummy


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