Crisps are one of the foods that I’m attempting to give up as part of my new year’s resolutions. Not crisps specifically, I’m just trying to eat a bit better, get a bit fitter, and generally be a better person in every single other way (that’s what new year’s resolutions are for, right?).
I’m sure that in a couple of weeks, crisps will once again begin to make semi-regular appearances at lunchtime, but I always think that even if your new year’s resolutions only stick for a couple of weeks, that’s still two weeks of goodness that wouldn’t have otherwise occurred. Every little helps!
Until then, these butternut squash crisps make a great alternative to the potato version. Since they’re baked not fried, you can use minimal oil, making these more of a healthy side dish than a greasy snack (finally, crisps alongside my dinner is totally appropriate!). And although potatoes do contain plenty of nutrients themselves, butternut squash is arguably even healthier. Per 100g, butternut squash has fewer calories than potato, less carbs, and more calcium (along with a few other differences!).
So snack away!
- 1 butternut squash choose a long thin one if possible
- 1 tbsp oil
- 2 tsp smoked paprika
- Black pepper
Preheat the oven to 190°C (Gas Mark 5 / 375°F).
Cut the butternut squash in half crosswise, just above the bulbous end (see photo).
Set aside this end (save it for another recipe), and peel the narrower half. Cut the flesh into very thin discs (I used a sharp knife, but you could use a mandoline if you prefer). Try to cut them as evenly as you can. Since my squash was quite long and thin, my discs were all a similar size and shape - but if your squash was wider, you can cut some of the discs in half to make them a more suitable size.
Toss the butternut squash discs in the oil, and lay them out on a baking tray (a single layer is preferable, but they can overlap a little if they need to). Sprinkle with the paprika and some salt and pepper, and roast for around 20 minutes. Turn each piece over, and arrange them again into a single layer - I also moved some of the pieces from the edge of the tray, which had crisped up more quickly, into the centre. Return to the oven for another 10 minutes, or until crispy. Leave to cool before serving.
Here’s another healthy vegan snack – salt and vinegar roasted cauliflower!