Homemade Potato Chips might sound too much work for busy parents, but actually it’s surprisingly easy and pretty quick snack to make for the kids. Plus, I came up with an idea how to involve kids into making and serving those super yummy (and healthy) potato chips.
To be honest, potato chips didn’t exist in our family until we started making them ourselves. We couldn’t find the healthy ones in the store so kids just always knew that chips are not for them. So imagine their happiness when they got to eat them one day.
They are healthy alternative for regular store bought potato chips and may I quote my daughter:
“the best potato chips I have ever eaten”.
I should disclaim that she has never had any other kind.
Homemade Potato Chips
You will need:
- russet potatoes ( I used 8 potatoes to feed 4 hungry children)
- olive oil
- salt, pepper
- some spices (optional). We used some oregano and cumin
1. Preheat your oven to 400 F. Peel, wash and cut your potatoes. We cut ours into 1/4 thick inch slices.
2. Put all the spices, potato slices and few drops of olive oil into the bowl. Toss it well to make sure potatoes are coated well.
3. Place cooking sheet into the pan (you should have 2-3 so it would all cook in 1 time). Spray little oil on it and place the potato slices on the pan. Make sure not to cover each other.
4. Bake for around 30 minutes or until they are golden brown and crisp.
5. Let it cool and enjoy.
DIY Paper Bags
While I do like to serve healthy and super yummy snacks for my kids I don’t like using my time to do it instead of playing and doing activities with my kids. So here is what I came up with.
While I was preparing and baking the chips, kids were into making DIY paper bags for those chips to carry.
It’s actually very easy.
It would be perfect if you could use brown construction paper. We didn’t have it so we just used simple white printing paper. Since we colored it, it still turned out pretty good.
After kids are done with making the bags, offer them to decorate/paint them. You could use crayons, marker or like us, water colors. The fun part: use leftover potatoes as stamps/brushes. Kids will love that for sure.
So there you have it. A Snack + a craft.
We had only one problem. Dad had a game to watch later that evening and we didn’t have any chips left. I offered to make some more and while I was in the kitchen, my husband fixed a bug on my computer that didn’t allow to upload all those beautiful pictures for this post.
So it all worked out pretty well at the end. Everybody were happy, full and entertained. And, his team won.