Its 11 PM on a Sunday night in December, and you’re studying for your hardest final exam Monday morning. The late night munchies are starting to creep up on you, and you reach for a bag of potato chips and…. STOP right there! Lets think about this choice for a second:
- You are probably not actually hungry, but stress speeds up your metabolism.
- Eating promotes a feeling of calmness and satiety.
- Potato chips will not make you fill satisfied, but probably increase your cravings.
- The salt in potato chips will make you feel thirsty, and you will be more likely to reach for that ice cold, sugary soda.
Luckily, I have a quick solution that will satisfy the most intense late night cravings for sweet and salty goodness: Baked Squash Chips.
Squash is one of my favorite fall vegetables to cook with. You can add it in soup, roast it and throw it into your veggie lasagna, make a squash puree, and now you can make chips. You will need your squash of choice (I like butternut), salt, and olive oil.
Preheat the oven to 375 degrees. Line a baking pan with tin foil or parchment paper. Now you have the option to peel the squash or not, I have done it both ways and I do not have a preference Thinly slice the squash with a sharp knife or mandolin. I like using a mandolin because then all of the slices are the same width. You can find these for cheap at T.J. Maxx or Marshalls in the cookware aisle!
Toss your squash slices in a bowl with olive oil so they are evenly coated. Arrange the slices on the baking pan so they are not touching. However, these chips will not spread like cookies so they can be fairly close together. Sprinkle a little salt over the chips for a little extra flavor. Salt in
moderation is not bad for you, and it can actually have beneficial effects for some people. If you are on a no salt diet, use a different spice/ herb such as rosemary or thyme. Bake for about 20 minutes or so depending on the thickness of your slices.
There you go! Now you have a healthy late night snack that will leave you feeling satisfied. You could also serve these delightful chips as a side with a salad or wrap. Salty and sweet truly is the best of both worlds!