For my first week of my #learningproject I decided to start with some snacks! I decided to make some spinach chips, which I had made before, and sweet potato chips, which were totally new to me. I had never cooked sweet potatoes before, but I didn’t really think it would be that hard! So I bought my spinach and my sweet potatoes and stuck them both in the crisper of my fridge. I went to my favourite place for recipes–Pinterest, and found a recipe for spinach chips and sweet potato chips. In the recipe for sweet potato chips, it said to use sea salt instead of regular salt, I think because sea salt is supposed to be better for your heart health and lower blood pressure. I decided to use regular salt because I have chronic low blood pressure and have been recommended to keep salt in my diet.
About a week later I went to make my chips…and my sweet potato was rock hard. I googled it, and it turns out that you aren’t supposed to put sweet potatoes in the fridge, so away I went to get another one! This one was much easier to cut so me and my mandolin went to work. This was the first time I had used a mandolin so it took some practice to get my slices even but eventually I got the hang of it. I followed the instructions on the recipe and they turned out pretty good but some of them were sort of chewy in stead of crunchy. I think some of them needed to be cooked a bit longer but because the thickness wasn’t always consistent they needed different amounts of time to cook properly.
I used my spinach chips recipe, which was similar to the one I used the first time (I think), and they turned out really well and are definitely my favourite out of the two. I doubled the recipe and made four cups of spinach instead because I liked them so much the last time I made them.
In the future I can definitely see myself making both of these recipes again! They are both great to snack on and are more healthy than regular potato chips. I think this was a nice way to start my project because it was something I am sort of familiar with to get me more comfortable and trying out the stove in my new apartment! I am looking forward to my next cooking adventure!