Day 91: Crispy butternut chips (step by step) & almond nuts

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I found a recipe for butternut chips ages ago, but I’ve had to wait until I was at the right phase of the diet before trying them. Today was the day!

Although they’ll require some perfecting, they were pretty good. Next time, I think I’ll use a lower heat setting on the oven and cook them for longer – I think that might help them to get even crispier without charring.

Here’s what to do:

Peel a long, thin butternut and cut into very thin half-moon slices (2mm or so). I didn't use the 'bulb' part, but if you do, remove the seeds.

Peel a long, thin butternut and cut into very thin half-moon slices (2mm or so). I didn’t use the ‘bulb’ part, but if you do, remove the seeds.

Boil the butternut in batches for a minute or two, until just softened. Remove from pot with slotted spoon

Boil the butternut in batches for a minute or two, until just softened. Remove from the pot with a slotted spoon.

Place the butternut pieces onto a clean dishcloth in a single layer and allow to dry completely. I patted mine dry with paper towels.

Place the butternut pieces onto a clean dishcloth in a single layer and allow to dry completely. I patted mine dry with paper towels.

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Place in a single layer on a lined baking sheet and brush with oil of your choice. I used coconut.

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Season with coarse salt and anything else you fancy, like cracked black pepper, garlic or onion seasoning, or fresh herbs like rosemary.

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Bake at 180C for 10 minutes, then check on the chips and remove any that are already cooked. I left the remainder in the oven for another 10 minutes.

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Serve! I made one batch with salt and the other (the first pic at the top of this post) without salt. I think salt wins 🙂

Introducing almonds

On phase 4, you can introduce blanched almond pieces. This afternoon, desperate for some sort of ‘fun’ snack, I decided that today was the day. I didn’t have blanched… or pieces… so it ended up being whole almonds in their skins. However, I introduced almond pieces months ago when I used unstrained almond milk to make yogurt. I have also been symptom-free for about 5 months now, so technically long enough to reintroduce nuts to my diet.

I of course couldn’t limit myself to a handful or two so I may have overdone it. However, due to my lack of self-restraint when it comes to nuts and nut butters, I’ve decided never to buy nuts for myself, but only to eat them if someone else buys them for me (that’s not a hint, guys!!). My dad bought me this bag but nuts are something I’m seldom given as a gift so I think this is a good strategy.

Today’s BMs

I am actually okay today after last night’s restaurant meal, but my tummy had a bit of a wobbly after the butternut chips, sending me to the loo with very runny stools. I tolerate butternut well so perhaps it was the coconut oil that I used.

To be honest I’m not feeling amazing now so perhaps today has just been too much fat, too fast. In my typical style! I have a weird burning sensation in my abdomen. Does anyone else ever experience this?

 

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