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Crispy Golden Roasted Potato Rounds

Here’s a healthier version for those wishing to get their crispy potato fix.  It has much less salt than the deep fried version popular at fast food outlets.

The potatoes are parboiled, then roasted to give it that crispiness on the outside while remaining soft and tender on the inside.

Try my Crispy Golden Roasted Potato Rounds recipe:

Ingredients

2 Large potatoes, washed (leave skins on)

1 teaspoon dried Herbs De Provence

1/4 teaspoon sea salt

2 teaspoons onion powder

2 Tablespoons olive oil

Non-stick Cooking Spray

Water for boiling

METHOD:

– Pre-heat oven to 450 degrees Fahrenheit

– Pot a large pot of unsalted water on to boil

– Slice potatoes into rounds about 1/4 inch thick

raw potato rounds
raw potato round slices

– Place in boiling water, cover and let cook for no more than 5 minutes.  After cooking, potatoes should be soft around the edges but firm in the middle

 

parboiled potatoes
parboiled potatoes

– Strain potatoes

 

– In a large mixing bowl, add potatoes, dried Herbs de Provence, onion powder and olive oil.  Carefully toss together until potatoes are evenly coated and a starchy coating begins to appear on the faces

seasoned parboiled potatoes
seasoned parboiled potatoes

– Next, sprinkle salt over mixture and toss again to ensure even distribution

 

– On a large baking sheet, spray non-stick cooking spray

– Evenly spread potatoes, face side down, on baking sheet

potatoes ready for roasting
seasoned parboiled potatoes, ready for roasting!

– Roast at 450 degrees Fahrenheit for 25 minutes

– Carefully remove from oven.  Potatoes should look like this:

potatoes - first roast
potatoes – first roast!

– Carefully flip each potato round over

– Put back in oven and continue baking for 30  minutes.

– Potatoes should now appear golden brown in color

– Carefully remove from oven and place in serving dish/tray.

– Serve and enjoy!

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Low-Sugar Chewy Granola Bars for Kids

Chewy granola bars are a popular snack with the kids.

Most store-bought bars promise to provide heart healthy nuts and whole grains in a snack-form that kids will love.  These come, however, with very high sugar content.  When reading labels, normally the first three ingredients are the major components.  Most of these store-bought bars have sugar in 1st, 2nd or 3rd place.  Then, further down the ingredient list, sugar appears at least one more time.

In the wake of an upsurge in the incidences of Juvenile Diabetes, some of the popular cereal brands promised to have less sugar.  Even the popular Quaker Oats chewy granola bars at one point promised that it contained “25% less sugar” than before.  I bought those a while back and still found them to be too sweet.

A short while afterward I found that I could no longer purchase the store-bought chewy granola bars at all.  Not only were they too sweet, they also contained whey and other milk-derived ingredients.

So, I decided to make my own chewy granola bars at home.

After a couple experiments, and prayer, I came up with this Chewy Peanut Butter granola bar recipe.  I used peanut butter as I found it to be a great binder that kept the bars together as opposed to using large amounts of syrups and sweeteners.  This enabled me to keep the sugar content low.

I also used sunflower seeds, walnuts and cranberries which are great sources of dietary fibre.

Try this easy, heart-healthy snack.

Click here for recipe.