Like many people, chances are that when you’re done cutting up those vegetables, you either toss the peels and scraps in the trash or maybe compost them. But did you know you could be missing out on a delicious — not to mention, nutritious — treat? The next time you’re in that position, it’s time to make some chips from vegetable peels!
Lauryn Bodden came up with this simple recipe, and it only takes 10 minutes of prep time. All you need are three cups of vegetable peels, one tablespoon of vegetable oil, a tablespoon of nutritional yeast, and a pinch or two of salt. Potatoes and carrots are good starter veggies to try out if you’re just getting the hang of it, but something like beets is a great way to level up.
From there, you’re going to thoroughly wash and dry your peels by laying them out on paper towels and patting them before leaving them to air dry. After about 10 minutes, mix them in a bowl with your salt, yeast, and oil, then place them evenly on a baking sheet. Bake your chips for 15 to 20 minutes, checking regularly to make sure the vegetable peels are a golden brown color and do not burn. Remove them from the oven and feel free to season them with more salt, nutritional yeast, or anything else your heart desires. (Garlic powder, cayenne, you name it.)
Presto, you’ve got chips from vegetable peels! Not only are they full of fiber, vitamins, and minerals, but they’ll give you a satisfying crunch during the day.
While you might need to mess around with some of the seasonings, you can easily make these chips out of fruit peels, too! Try it out with something like an apple and get ready for even more of that deliciousness.