Baked Potato Skin Chips are another “free recipe” that uses ingredients normally thrown away and are made in 3 simple steps!
We had another weekend of amazing weather here in Omaha. I attended a baby shower on Saturday and Sunday was a “get $h*t done day” and oh, did it get done. I made cinnamon rolls from scratch for the first time and while they weren’t a flop taste-wise, looks-wise they barely resembled cinnamon rolls. Who knew that it was hard to roll those suckers!? I recently got this comfort floor mat in the kitchen and Emmy loves it just as much as I do and I constantly catch her snoozing on it. (Excuse the flour mess…this was post cinnamon roll dough rolling and flour was flying everywhere…). This is her “I swear I am awake but will fall asleep in two seconds when you leave” look.
Emmy has been testing me with her walks lately as she seems to prefer “sits” or “let’s go lay down in the grass” instead of walks. I am not ashamed to say that I have picked up her and carried her like a baby when we aren’t far enough for me to want to turn around and obey her “let’s go home” tugs. She puts her head on my shoulder and off we go.
We didn’t go very far on Sunday and I didn’t have to carry her but when we got back she immediately ran to her bed and snuggled with her favorite stuffed animal (shout out to Aunt Amber for the elephant). I refer to it as her “carcass” since the elephant only has one limb left and absolutely no stuffing. Don’t worry, she still plays with the detached legs and enjoys tossing them in the air to herself and catching them. She is resourceful like that…
On a side note, if you work with dough frequently can I please insist that you buy a bench scrape? Not only can you cut the dough with it, but you can use it to scrape up the stuck-on dough bits from your counter. Or maybe I am the only one who finds stuck on dough on their counter a week later… don’t judge.
While I don’t think that the cinnamon roll recipe will be making an appearance on this blog anytime soon, I do want to write about something else that I tried for the first time this weekend: baked potato skin chips. And they were much easier than the cinnamon rolls. Like only two steps easy!
While I missed the official date for Earth Day, this recipe is green friendly! While I understand not everyone has a passion or has jumped on the ‘go-green’ train, there are financial reasons to do more earth-friendly things. Reducing the amount of waste that you put in your trash means less trash bags used and less trash to be picked up. So if saving the earth isn’t a motivator for you, saving money should be!
My Dad and brother attempt to recycle just about everything that they can and have been doing so for probably the last decade so I have the ‘go-green’ motto in my blood. I am constantly looking for greener ways to do things or greener products to buy. I took the go-green a step further with this recipe and used the water that I boiled the potatoes in to water my plants outside. (again saving money -> less water to pay for!)
Aside from being environmentally friendly and saving you money, these potato skin chips also taste amazing! Which let’s be honest, if they didn’t taste good then this would be pointless. When I made these they were done before the meal was done so they also provide a great snack while you are waiting for supper to get done. This is another “free recipe” where you use ingredients that you already have or would have thrown away normally.
Other Free Recipes:
- Potato Peels (Make sure to scrub potatoes before peeling with a veggie brush)
- 1 -2 tbsp coconut or olive oil
- Kosher Salt
- Ground Pepper, freshly ground
- Preheat the oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit.
- Put cleaned peels in a bowl and pour oil over. If using coconut oil make sure to melt the oil in the microwave first.
- Add salt and pepper to taste and swirl bowl around to get the peels completely covered.
- Place peels on tin foil or slip mat lined baking sheet in a single layer.
- Bake for 8 minutes. Remove from oven and stir around. Place back in the oven for another 7-9 minutes.
- Remove from oven and sprinkle with salt, cheese, green onions, crumbled bacon or any other desired toppings. These taste amazing as is.
Try to get the peels in the oven ASAP as if left out too long they can turn colors. While this won't hurt you it just isn't very pretty.