Mar 13, 2012

healthy snack

I've been experimenting with dehydrating foods lately. It's an essential part of a RAW diet. I am striving to increase my RAW consumption with a goal of 50%.

Zucchini Chips

    2 zucchini (medium small) 1-2 teaspoon extra virgin olive oil or melted coconut oil Unrefined Salt 1/4-1/2 teaspoon of garlic powder Freshly Ground Pepper
Directions:
1) First you need to thinly slice your zucchini. A mandolin would be best for this job. You can also use a food processor. Though it would take longer, you could also use a knife and cutting board the old fashioned way.
2) Add the slices to a small bowl and add the oil, a nice sprinkle of salt, garlic powder and a turn of freshly ground pepper. Do note that your zucchini will shrink dramatically. This also means that all seasonings will become much stronger in your finished product, so go easy on the seasoning.
3) Spread out evenly on the dehydrator trays and dehydrate until crisp and dry on 125F (about 4 hours for me).
More Tips and Ideas
1. You can use the lowest setting on your oven. It will take a shorter amount of time, so check every 1/2 hour or so. At 175 degrees, you can expect them to be done in roughly two hours
2. Play around with the seasonings. Spice it up with chili powder. Use fresh garlic instead of garlic powder. Sprinkle with lemon juice or vinegar for some tang.
3. These do become more chewy as they cool down. Make sure you store them in an airtight container.
4. This makes about 1 cup of chips, so I recommend after you’ve tried it and if you like it, doing many batches at a time.

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