Happy Friday and congratulations to my Natural Delights Medjool Dates Giveaway winner: Kristi E. from CO! Enjoy!
Now lets talk about some hot potatoes!
I have never been a huge fan of potatoes. I don’t know what it is, but I have just never really loved them whether they be baked, mashed, or fried… well that was all true until I discovered sweet potatoes! Sweet potatoes are an excellent and nutritious source of carbohydrates, making them one hot item!
- Unlike other types of potatoes, sweet potatoes contain almost twice as much fiber totaling up to about 7 grams of fiber per serving
- They contain a large amount of vitamin B6.
- Rich in Beta-carotene and potassium which both promote muscle recovery.
- A great source of Manganese, an important component in the metabolism of carbohydrates which helps support healthy blood sugar levels.
- Also filled with vitamins C and E, which are potent antioxidant vitamins that play an important role in disease prevention.
Although I don’t eat baked or mashed sweet potatoes very often, I love making sweet potato chips! Last year my mom bought be this awesome little gadget that she saw in an article in the Los Angeles Times called Topchips! She emailed me with a shipment/tracking number and said “I bought this for you, I hope it isn’t a scam!” haha Love my mom so much! Although this does look like an as seen on TV infomercial item that like most is too good to be true, it’s so amazing! Don’t let the infomercial-ness scare you! I was not paid by Topchips to review this product, but I had to tell you guys how ridiculously awesome it is. If you order from the Topchips website, it comes with the silicon microwavable chip making tray and a mandolin slicer (and random goodies) for only $19.99+ shipping & handling. It is sooo easy to use and you can make so many different chips without fattening oil or any other added ingredients or preservatives. I’ve made tons of different chips such as sweet potato, apple, radish, and beet chips! All you have to do is rinse the produce, slice it using the provided slicer, place the slices onto the Topchips tray and microwave for 3 minutes, flip and microwave for 3 more. Tadaaa, healthy oil free chips! Cooking time does vary depending on your microwave and the type of produce you are using (apple chips take longer), but in a matter of minutes, you will have healthy chips at your fingertips! If you are someone who is short on time, or in a college dorm with only a microwave, this little chip maker could be your new best friend. No waiting for the oven to heat up, no long cooking times, it’s quick and easy. I know that some people are not huge fans of microwaves, so I will also experiment with an oven baked sweet potato chip recipe for you guys if you would like!
Sweet potato chips are great for snacking, parties, or even as a crunchy topping on your salad!
I’ve been so obsessed with the slicer that I use it to slice apples and pears for my oatmeal all the time. I actually got a little carried away with it once and ended up slicing off part of my thumb nail… Yaaa that didn’t go very well! I definitely recommend using the safety produce gripper that it comes with haaha Safe slicing, little bunnies!
Six Minute Sweet Potato Chips
1 sweet potato
Rinse and dry sweet potato. Slice carefully with mandolin slicer. Place sweet potato slices on the Topchips microwavable tray. Microwave on high for 3 minutes. Flip chips and microwave for an additional 3 minutes or until crisp.
Question: Have you ever read the ingredients and nutritional value for regular potato or veggie chips?! Some of them aren’t even made of the actual “veggies!” Ahhh!
samanthaJuly 20, 2012 at 4:24 pm (11 years ago)
Could you make kale chips on this?
CatherineJuly 20, 2012 at 4:50 pm (11 years ago)
Great question! I haven’t tried yet!
DanielleJuly 20, 2012 at 4:27 pm (11 years ago)
So awesome! Who knew you could microwave sweet potatoes to make chip! Great tip!
CatherineJuly 20, 2012 at 4:51 pm (11 years ago)
I know! So easy peasy!
EmilyJuly 20, 2012 at 5:29 pm (11 years ago)
I totally just ordered this! I love sweet potato, parsnip, and beet chips, but it seems like I can never quite get them crispy enough in the oven (maybe I’m just too impatient!). This looks perfect! Thanks!
CatherineJuly 20, 2012 at 5:50 pm (11 years ago)
Yesss I am so excited for you to get it!! It’s so cool!!!
LillyJuly 20, 2012 at 6:10 pm (11 years ago)
ohhh this looks yum! I always say that if I ever win the lottery I would buy every “As seen on TV” product! Ha! This one looks like a winner!
CatherineJuly 20, 2012 at 10:59 pm (11 years ago)
Hahaha omg Lilly that is the best thing I’ve ever heard! I love as seen on TV products lol This one is definitely a winner!
KatrinaJuly 20, 2012 at 7:53 pm (11 years ago)
That’s really cool! Do they come out crunchy?
CatherineJuly 20, 2012 at 11:03 pm (11 years ago)
Yup, they turn out super crunchy! The microwavable tray has holes in that create a convention current to make the chips crispy!
JulieJuly 21, 2012 at 3:10 am (11 years ago)
Excellent! Just what I’ve been waiting for 🙂 However, I don’t use a microwave, so yes, please let me know about how to make them in the oven!
CatherineJuly 21, 2012 at 9:02 am (11 years ago)
I will definitely see if I can make the perfect sweet potato chips in the oven! xo
MandyJuly 21, 2012 at 3:40 am (11 years ago)
this looks so good! I’m in love with your blog and just ordered the equivalent (I’m from the uk) to try some for myself!
CatherineJuly 21, 2012 at 9:03 am (11 years ago)
That’s awesome Mandy! I cannot wait for you to try it! Hi from Los Angeles! xo
ChristinJuly 21, 2012 at 5:18 am (11 years ago)
These look amazing! I definitely want to try them ASAP. I wish I didn’t have to use the microwave, so please keep us posted on the oven bit. PS – Just found your blog a few weeks ago, and I’m already a huge fan. Thanks for all the great, healthy recipes. 🙂
CatherineJuly 21, 2012 at 9:05 am (11 years ago)
Hi Christin! I will definitely be trying to make the perfect oven baked sweet potato chips soon! xo
DianaJuly 21, 2012 at 8:22 am (11 years ago)
What a great kitchen gadget!!! I need to get this…sweet potato is one of my favorite foods, plus this would definitely be so much quicker than using the oven to make kale chips! Thanks for sharing!
CatherineJuly 21, 2012 at 9:07 am (11 years ago)
Its, so awesome Diana! xo
JessicaJuly 22, 2012 at 10:10 am (11 years ago)
Hey! I just stumbled upon your blog, and I absolutely love it! I’m a third year nutrition/dietetic student and long time vegetarian. I’ve spent some time reading through your blog, and I think you have done an amazing job 🙂 I think the information and recipes you give are nutritionally accurate, unbiased and fun! I will be reading your blog,
CatherineJuly 22, 2012 at 3:31 pm (11 years ago)
Thank you so much Jessica, I really appreciate it! Health & Happiness xo
JessicaJuly 23, 2012 at 5:33 am (11 years ago)
Oh geez, I just ordered this thing!! I’m excited! I love sweet potatoes, and sweet chips, but they get pricey! And I have a feeling I’ll spend a week slicing everything as well, but maybe not my thumbnail!
CatherineJuly 23, 2012 at 10:54 am (11 years ago)
Hahaha ya don’t get carried away with the slicer like I did! lol
sunnshhiineJuly 23, 2012 at 6:47 am (11 years ago)
i’m SO going to order this on thursday when i get paid! Thank you for this post! 🙂
CatherineJuly 23, 2012 at 10:55 am (11 years ago)
Yayyy! It’s so much fun! xo
StephanieJuly 23, 2012 at 7:26 am (11 years ago)
This is so cool! I absolutely love sweet potato chips and I have tried and failed to make them on many occasions. Everytime I try to make them using oil, they get soft and mushy, even when I deep-fried them (yuck). So great that there is a way to make them crunchy AND healthy! Thanks for the tip!
CatherineJuly 23, 2012 at 10:55 am (11 years ago)
You’re very welcome! Always on the lookout for awesome new kitchen gadgets haha
LidiaJuly 23, 2012 at 10:33 am (11 years ago)
This is so easy, even I can make it! Gonna put this on my “to buy” list! Thanks so much for posting!
JerricaJuly 23, 2012 at 2:10 pm (11 years ago)
Oh my goodness, I just found your blog and I am in love! This is exactly the kind of diet I have been looking for but have just been lacking the motivation to start! Your website has inspired me and I’m going to start just as soon as I finish this big bowl of Fruit Loops.
CatherineJuly 23, 2012 at 6:58 pm (11 years ago)
Hahaha Jerrica! I have some recipes that will give fruit loops a run for their money! I can’t wait for you to try some recipes! xo
GenevieveJuly 24, 2012 at 7:09 am (11 years ago)
I got this from my Mom for Christmas too! Potato chips work great, but I haven’t had much luck with other veggies – I tried radishes and beets but they never crisped up. Do the slices have to be super dry before they go in the microwave? I thought it was either that, or maybe because I didn’t flip them…I don’t remember the instructions telling me to flip partway through, so thanks for that tip!
CatherineJuly 24, 2012 at 11:24 am (11 years ago)
Hi Genevieve! With more moist veggies (beets) and fruit (apples) I could’t get them to be crispy with the suggested cooking times, and that is when I started flipping them! Most of my chips took double the time than the instructions suggested, but they still turned out great!
KarlieJuly 29, 2012 at 10:32 pm (11 years ago)
Where did you get your slicer, i’ve got to have it!
PS I love love love your blog, so inspiring!!
KarlieJuly 29, 2012 at 10:39 pm (11 years ago)
I just ordered my Topchips set and realized it comes with the slicer, awesome!
CatherineJuly 30, 2012 at 9:46 pm (11 years ago)
You are going to love Topchips and the slicer! So much fun!
barbaraJuly 31, 2012 at 6:45 am (11 years ago)
i suppose you can do the same if you don’t have the slicer & silicon plate, as long as you have a microwave … but that sounds nice and should try !!
ShacharOctober 18, 2012 at 11:34 am (11 years ago)
Great idea! One issue though…microwave will cause the loss of almost 98% of the nutrients.I shall try this in an oven.