May 4, 2015

Broccoli Chips – a Raw, Healthy, Crunchy, Snack Your Kids Will Eat

Broccoli. One of the green veggies I can consistently get my little ones to eat. Usually we eat it cooked. Sometimes dipped in hummus or homemade dressing. Almost always in stir fry. But rarely do we eat any part except the “crown”.

Until recently.
While visiting with my Aunt a few weeks ago she told me about a crunchy snack using the “leftover” part of the broccoli stems: Chips.
This concept immediately got my attention. Anything that sounds like “party food” might win over my little eaters and add a new healthy snack to our rotation of raw and healthy offerings.
As I was about to throw out the rest of my broccoli stalk from my Chicken and Broccoli Crock Pot dinner earlier this week, I was reminded of our “broccoli chip conversation” and decided, instead of wasting the stems, I was going to repurpose them. Hey, Reduce, Reuse, Recycle, right?

I dissected the stalks into chip-like thickness and sprinkled a little salt on them. I don’t usually like raw broccoli but found this snack to be so crunchy and satisfying that my 7-year-old and I were fighting over the last broccoli chips on the plate. This will definitely be a continued tradition; using the broccoli crown leftovers for a crunchy snack!

A great way to prep for your healthful- eating week ahead!

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