Finger-lickin’ Snacks

How I meet my cravings for salty, oily, crunchy snacks

For those of us in Europe, Autumn has announced her arrival by painting the leaves amber and red, and teasing us with sunny moments followed by chilly spells. For many, it’s the time of year where more and more time is spent in doors. Perhaps snuggled up on the sofa with a movie or an inspiring book, or perhaps just spending time with friends, board games and twinkling tea-lights.

It can be tempting in this weather and with these occasions to nibble away at yummy, salt, oily snacks such as potato crisps (chips), but as cosy as these snacks may be, they leave us feeling sluggish, greasy and even perhaps a bit guilty. I also used to find that if I pigged out on crisps I was too full to eat anything healthy afterwards.

These days I meet my cravings for salty, oily, crunchy snacks thanks to my great recipe that keeps me away from the things that make me feel bad.

These snacks are so simple and quick to make, don’t require any special equipment, are inexpensive and meet the oily, salty, spicy, tart crunch that crisps offer. You can also play around with the flavors to try and match your favorites of the fried versions!

In fact, these are so simple I am not even going to give you a precise recipe, so that you can adjust it to your own tastes!

Take one courgette (zucchini) and slice into rounds. I like mine about 5mm thick. I happen to have a cool attachment for my mandolin that makes them crinkle cut, so I often use that to make them a bit more fancy. For this picture I peeled away the skin with a vegetable peeler so that they look less green, but usually I don’t bother as it’s both quicker and more nutritious to leave the skin on!

Take your rounds of courgette (zucchini) and add any of the following:

  • a good drizzle of oil eg olive, flax, hemp (try just a spray of oil if you are watching your weight)
  • lemon juice, apple cider vinegar or balsamic vinegar (the latter is not raw)
  • garlic
  • sea salt, herb salt or a spicy salt/spice mix
  • nutritional yeast flakes (not raw, but add a great savory , almost cheezy taste plus B-vitamins)
  • smoked paprika
  • chili flakes
  • mesquite (you can find this online)

Give it mix, and munch as they are or dip into a good guacamole, such as  this one >>

I also love using this recipe with chunks of a mild, crispy white cabbage! Here is Sweden they have one called spetskål which is not quite as strong as a regular white cabbage. But regular white cabbage is good too. I seriously can’t enough of this dish. Sometimes I will mix up a big bowl full and munch on it for lunch! My favorite mixture is olive oil plus flax oil (great source of omega 3!) with garlic, herb salt, chili, lemon juice/balsamic vinegar and nutritional yeast flakes.

Courgettes (zucchini) is a good source of folate, potassium, vitamin A and C. Without oil, courgettes are low in calories.

Cabbage is a great source of vitamins K and C, and is also a good source of fiber, B6, magnesium, calcium and other nutrients. Cabbage also has cancer-preventing properties, is low in calories and wonderfully inexpensive!

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