Do you loathe zucchini because of its eerie taste and texture? Chances are it’s been years and years since you last placed a bit of this summer squash in your mouth. Well, that’s really a bummer because it only means that you have been missing out on a lot of the health perks that zucchini is scientifically-proven to bring.
Perhaps you have already tried in the past a number of ways to consume zucchini, such as slicing it into sticks, tossing cubes of it into salads, or turning it into noodles which is definitely a nifty thing to do.
Did you not like any one of those? That’s okay. You can give zucchini one more chance because there is a particular way to incorporate it into your diet on a regular basis that’s delicious and enjoyable. Through this approach, it’s for certain that you will cross out zucchini on your list of your least favorite vegetables out there.
Here’s how you can make zucchini lovable: turning it into chips!
Yup, that’s right — it’s very much possible to make chips out of this fleshy vegetable whose taste and texture you despise. This only means that you can make zucchini a staple whenever you are watching your favorite TV show, reading a paperback novel, having coffee at home with your friends, or spending time at the park with your family.
If you know how to slice and turn on the oven, then you are not going to have a difficult time producing some homemade zucchini chips. In fact, they are so easy to make that you have to spend only half an hour in the kitchen. In other words, serving crispy and highly nutritious zucchini chips can be done in a flash!
Since you will find it so easy to love zucchini chips, you can now take advantage of the numerous health benefits that this summer squash is known to bring. Some of them include:
Lowered blood pressure
Decreased heart disease, heart attack and stroke risk
Reduced risk of cancer
Regulated movement of the bowels
Boosted immune system
Sharpened vision and improved eye health
Protected prostate cancer
Alleviated joint pain and inflammation
You can enjoy all of the above benefits simply by making sure that you eat zucchini on a regular basis, and it’s something that you are not going to have a hard time doing if you turn them into delectable chips!
So without further ado, here’s how you can turn zucchini into chips:
1 large-sized zucchini
2 tablespoons of olive oil
1/2 teaspoon of garlic powder
1/4 teaspoon of sea salt (finely ground)
1/4 teaspoon of black pepper (ground)
-Switch on the oven to have it preheated to 375°F — that’s 190°C.
-In the meantime, thoroughly wash your large-sized zucchini under running water. It’s important to clean the vegetable beforehand because we’re not going to peel it. Some of the nutrients can be found in its peel so you surely don’t want them to go to waste.
-Carefully, start slicing your zucchini. Always remember that the thinner, the better. If you have a mandoline slicer lying around in your kitchen, use it by all means.
-Grab a large mixing bowl and place all of your zucchini slices in it. Drizzle with extra virgin olive oil and mix.
-Season the chips with garlic powder, sea salt and black pepper. Mix again very well.
-Reach for a large baking tray and line it with parchment paper. Neatly arrange the chips across it.
-Bake for 10 minutes. Carefully flip over the chips and bake for another 10 minutes.
-Transfer the baking tray onto a wire rack to allow your zucchini chips to cool for about 5 minutes.
-Serve and enjoy!