i miss tortilla chips,...mostly as a transportation device to get salsa and guac to my mouth,..but I do miss the crunch as well. Hubby made awesome guac last night - but we were not having a dinner where it would be an appropriate topping and I have texture issues eating both guac and salsa off a spoon straight. In the last few years I have come to appreciate tomatoes IN everything,..and even fresh salsa,..but the thought of eating a slice of tomato straight with nothing else gives me the willies. Weird I know.
So any paleo legal alternatives similar to Chips and dip? Or what would be a great thing to dip into some oniony guac?
Pork Rinds!!! Love eating them with guacamole. You can get good ones (chicharones) from Latin markets, or cheap ones in a regular grocery store near the snack food.
If you're set against corn, you could do worse than zucchini chips, kale chips or pork rind chips, all suggested in this hack. I'd go for the pork rind, personally.
However, prepared (nixmalated) corn, fried in lard or coconut oil is probably not the worst non-paleo food you'll eat. This is contentious though.
See these hacks for pros and cons:
I actually use cucumber slices as "chips" to scoop up my guac and salsa! Plus because they are pretty mild... it doesn't mess up the flavor of my much loved salsa and guac AND they are lite allowing me to eat TONS of it!
My two favorites are dried plantain chips or unsweetened banana chips. The flavor in both is pretty mild, and offer that tortilla chip crunch.
I'm currently enjoying unsweetened banana chips I ordered from www.nuttyguys.com because it's difficult to find unsweetened banana chips in stores. Plantain chips are pretty easy to find. I like the Trader Joes brand because they are so cheap, but they are also a little heavy on the salt. Not terrible for a once in a while treat.
I also warn to limit eating either of these to the occasional snack. They are often cooked in sunflower oil (and sometimes canola), which I'm not a fan of, but I'm willing to deal with on occasion for a treat. It's definitely better than the alternative - tortilla chips.
I was a chip addict before dropping them completely. They are my nemesis and I could still sit down and eat an entire bag of them. That being said, every alternative I've tried has just been a let down.
I no longer try to get the satisfying and comforting crunch from other foods that chips bring. It just makes me sad because nothing really compares (woe is me, lol). Instead, I try to enjoy the "vehicle" for what it is and not compare it to the magnificent chip. 8)
I love salsa and other dips as well and have found the best vehicle is, as most others have said, some type of veggie. My favorite is sliced bell peppers. I prefer red or yellow over green, but they're all pretty good.
how about romaine...down towards the end where it is a lighter green and the stalk is crunchier....kale chips, carrots, sliced chicken, rolled up in liverworst, rolled in boars head turkey or ham, plopped on top of my salad! stuffed in compari tomatoes.
Plantain Chips or Pork Rinds.
There are a handful of brands that fry their plantain chips in Palm Oil, and even low-salt varieties (we have a no-salt palm oil plantain chip in Central FL under the brand "Chifles". Maybe not paleo, but they don't upset my GI tract or give me GERD from eating them either, like normal chips fried in NastyFat(tm).
As far as the pork rinds go, I like going to local mercados where they make their own MASSIVE chuccarrones daily. When I say "no sal, por favor" they look at me like I'm from Mars, but it stil gets me my crunch fix. Also, the big plate-sized chuccarrones make a fantastic landing pad for no-beans chili.
I love salsa and guac too. Tortilla chips are a huge weakness of mine too! Here are some alternatives, Fresh red pepper, broccoli, cucumbers, stuff celery with guac, flax seed crackers, all natural pork rinds.