Author: Stephanie Figon, MS, RDN, LD

Founder of NutriScape.NET. As a dietitian since 1992, Steph Figon has had experiences in consulting, 15 years in clinical, and has operated a private practice nutrition counseling office for since 2011. The RDNutriScape Instagram

Draft – Crispy Veggie Nuggets

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Real Veggie Nuggets

Occasionally, I make promises to people and it’s not that I intend to break them, it just takes me a while to get around to it.

When Love Your Leftovers was published in April, my good friend Benton asked if he could come over so I could show him how to actually make the homemade chicken nuggets in the book.

I responded, “Well Sir. You could just follow the directions in the book.” But he wasn’t too confident of his abilities to do that so I was totally up for showing him the chicken nugget tricks. It also gives me an excuse to make them.

That was six months ago. I blamed the delay on baby prep and Food Fighters prep.

But, finally we made the cooking date happen a few weeks ago.

One problem: Benton’s wife is a vegetarian. Rather than spend $10 on silly fake chicken nuggets, I thought I would try my hand at making some homemade veggie nuggets  with some fresh colorful veggies!

YIELD
40 nuggets
PREP TIME
TOTAL TIME

INGREDIENTS

  • 2-3 medium carrots
  • 1 parsnip
  • 2 small new potatoes
  • 1 golden beet
  • 1 stalk broccoli
  • 1 Serrano pepper, seeded
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • Frying:
  • 2 cups Italian Bread crumbs
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1 quart oil for frying

Draft – Homemade Crunchy Apple Slices

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Homemade Crunchy Apple Chips Recipe

Summer is here and is time to stock up on snacks for the kids. Hubby and I are thinking of making mini road trips with the girls so making a big batch of Apple Chips is the perfect crunchy and healthy snack for kids to take on the road. So throw out all those fried Potato Chips and these!.

To perfect this Apple Chips Recipe it took me a few tries to achieve the right thickness so the chips will be super crunchy and not chewy. You can serve them as kids snacks but also they are great for dipping during dinner parties.

Crunchy Apple Chips - Made in the oven without the need of a dehydrator. Easy, healthy and super crunchy!

If you would like to mix it up you can use different types of apples, fuji, granny smith, red delicious, gala and so on. It’s a great idea to mix in the sweetest with the tartest apples to achieve flavor Nirvana.

Apple Chips Recipe

4 Apples (any kind you want) sliced thinly, about 1/6″ thickness. I used my trusty Mandolin so every piece is uniform in size. I cut out the bottom to start with a flat apple slice.

Crunchy Apple Chips - Made in the oven without the need of a dehydrator. Easy, healthy and super crunchy!

 

Preheat oven to 200 degrees.

Arrange apple sizes in a  single layer on a sheet pan fitted with parchment paper.  Remove any remaining seeds from the slices (that was my daughter’s job).  For each Apple I got about 20 slices, so one sheet pan per apple. This can vary depending on the apple size or the thickness of your chips. You have no idea how they will shrink during cooking.

Crunchy Apple Chips - Made in the oven without the need of a dehydrator. Easy, healthy and super crunchy!

 

Sprinkle Stevia, sugar or any other natural sweetener. I used 2 packets of Stevia per 80 slices of apples.

Sprinkle cinnamon over the apples (optional). You can also add in any spice you’d like. Next time I make them I would love to try the apple pie seasoning or maybe a spicy one like chili or cayenne pepper.

Bake in the oven for 90 minutes. After that time flip them and bake for one more hour. Turn oven off and  leave them inside for a few hours or overnight. DO NOT OPEN THE OVEN DURING THIS TIME.. Resist your peeking!. I know it’s hard but it’s worth it. You will not believe how crunchy they will be.

Crunchy Apple Chips - Made in the oven without the need of a dehydrator. Easy, healthy and super crunchy!

 

When they come out of the oven simply place them in a resealable bag. They will last for about a week at room temp although they probably will be gone by then ? .

HOMEMADE CRUNCHY APPLE CHIPS RECIPE
PREP TIME
COOK TIME
TOTAL TIME
Serves: 80 Chips
INGREDIENTS
  • 4 Apples
  • 2 Packets of Stevia or 2 ts. of sugar
  • ½ Ts. of Cinnamon
INSTRUCTIONS
  1. Preheat Oven to 200 Degrees F.
  2. Slice Apples into ⅙” Approximately (use a mandolin if you have one)
  3. Place apples slices in a single layer on a sheet pan fitted with Parchment Paper
  4. Sprinkle in Stevia (or sugar) and cinnamon
  5. Bake in the oven for 1½ hours
  6. Flip them over so the other side will crisp as well
  7. Bake for 1 more hour
  8. Turn oven off and leave the apple slices inside for a few more hours or overnight
  9. When they are ready, place slices in a zip top bag
  10. Enjoy!

So will you give them a try?. I promise you will love them!

Crunchy Apple Chips - Made in the oven without the need of a dehydrator. Easy, healthy and super crunchy!

 

HOMEMADE CRUNCHY APPLE CHIPS RECIPE
PREP TIME
COOK TIME
TOTAL TIME
Author: Tiffany Bendayan
Serves: 80 Chips
INGREDIENTS
  • 4 Apples
  • 2 Packets of Stevia or 2 ts. of sugar
  • ½ Ts. of Cinnamon
INSTRUCTIONS
  1. Preheat Oven to 200 Degrees Fahrenheit
  2. Slice Apples into ⅙” Approximately (use a mandolin if you have one)
  3. Place apples slices in a single layer on a sheet pan fitted with Parchment Paper
  4. Sprinkle in Stevia (or sugar) and cinnamon
  5. Bake in the oven for 1½ hours
  6. Flip them over so the other side will crisp as well
  7. Bake for 1 more hour
  8. Turn oven off and leave the apple slices inside for a few more hours or overnight
  9. When they are ready, place slices in a zip top bag
  10. Enjoy!

Spinach Tomato Quesadilla with Pesto

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Ingredients
1 roma tomato, thinly sliced
Baby spinach
Pesto (try homemade!)
Feta crumbles
Shredded mozzarella
2 large flour or gluten-free tortillas

Directions
Place a tortilla on a skillet over medium heat, and spread a layer of pesto on top.
Add a light layer of mozzarella cheese, then feta.
Add tomato slices, spinach, and top with another layer of mozzarella cheese.
Place the other tortilla on top, heat for about 5 minutes, flip, and heat for another 5 minutes or until cheese has melted.

Zucchini Oven Chips

Zucchini Chips (baked) Zucchini chips are a Delicious way to eat vegetables!

Ingredients:

  • zucchini- 2 small

Instructions:

  1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees.
  2. In a medium bowl combine breadcrumbs, cheese and pepper.
  3. In separate bowl add flour, milk and vinegar.
  4. Dip zucchini slices in flour mixture and then dredge in breadcrumb mixture.
  5. Place coated zucchini slices on a baking sheet bake for 30 minutes, flipping the slices over once halfway through cooking, or until crisp.

Shrimp Scampi over Zoodles

JoCooks.com offers this recipe for Shrimp Scampi over Zoodles.

This recipe includes:

  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 small onion, chopped
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 tsp Sriracha Sauce, or hot sauce of your choice
  • 1 lb cooked shrimp
  • 1 cup cherry tomatoes, cut in half
  • 2 large zucchini
  • 1 cup chicken broth
  • juice from half a lemon
  • ½ cup parmesan cheese

Draft – Easy Carrot Fries

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Kids will eat their veggies when you make delicious carrot fries. Cut 2 pounds of carrots into sticks; toss with 2 teaspoons olive oil. Spread on parchment-lined baking sheet; sprinkle with 1 teaspoon salt. Bake at 400 degrees for 20 to 25 minutes. Serve warm.