simple cheese crisps

{Low carb/paleo kids is an on-going series of grain-free, low sugar/carbohydrate snacks.}

 It feels so good coming out of an extended weekend of manual (yard) labor, staying out a bit later at night, waking up later, and the many excuses to see extended family over the course of a few days.  In the meantime, our family's focus has shifted from partially indoors and partially outdoors to concentrated time and work outdoors.  The sprinkler, garden hoe, and sidewalk chalk are now permanent fixtures in the yard.

It is pretty safe to say that our yard is the last to be mowed, weeded, and maintained in our neighborhood.  There's really no argument there.  It always takes one good, long weekend in spring to direct our attention to the needs outside and then to get excited about playing catch up.  This morning all of my energy will be on the vegetable garden and herb pots.  Yesterday was great practice preparing me for long periods of time bent over in the heat working.  At least I know Johanna will be by my side until it is complete.  (Do you sense some lack of motivation so far??)

On to cheese crisps.

Cheese is a regular snack/lunchtime side for my kids.  It is packed with protein and fat, leaves them satisfied, and can be melted, shredded, cubed, and sliced a million ways with a million varieties to keep life for my children (and me) exciting.

These cheese crisps came about as a fun alternative to crackers and all things crunchy (that don't have a mile long ingredient statement).  They bake up so easily and are just, well, baked cheese.  You'll be blown away by how crispy they are!  I like to use hard cheese with a cheddar.  The hard cheese is what makes the crisp super crispy and adding the cheddar simply stretches out the recipe a bit so I don't just have to exclusively use the more expensive hard cheese.

And the flavor of the crisps are so intense and unbelievable that they are awesome on their own or served with dips.  Kids will love the crunch!

cheese crisps

extra crispy cheese crisps:

1/2 cup of your favorite hard cheese, shredded (asiago, *parmesan, dubliner, romano)

1/2 cup shredded cheddar cheese

paprika

Italian cheese crisps:

1 cup shredded mozzarella

Italian seasoning blend or oregano + basil

Preheat oven to 375 degrees.  Prepare two baking sheet with parchment paper.

In a large bowl combine shredded cheese(s).  Season with a few shakes of suggested herbs/spices.  Mix well to coat all of the shredded cheese.

With your fingers, simply grab a portion of seasoned cheese and place it in heap on a baking sheet. Bake for 8-10 minutes switching pans halfway through.  Let cheese crisps cool on the parchment paper before removing from the baking sheet.  (The crisps "crisp up" in the cooling process on the counter.)

Best eaten the same day for optimal crispness.  

*You can also make parmesan cheese crisps.  Just bake the shredded parmesan as above for very flavorful super crunchy crisps.

Our family's favorite ways to eat cheese crisps:

  • Italian cheese crisps are awesome to dip in warm marinara sauce.  It's the funnest unconventional pizza snack ever--kids love it!
  • Extra crispy cheese crisps are excellent dipped into ranch dressing.  They crisp and crunch like the lightest, most delicate cracker.
  • Cheese crisps can be topped with guacamole, chicken/tuna salad, salsa, or your child's favorite dip.
  • Serve cheese crisps with warm soup or as alternatives to croutons for salads.

Try adding:

  • crumbled bacon
  • chopped sun-dried tomatoes
  • chopped chives

Try them out--I bet your kiddos will love the change up in their afternoon snack.  My crisps always disappear once they hit the plate.  (Not to mention one of the few ways Rowan will eat--devour--cheese.)

Looking for other low carb/paleo snacks for kids?  Check out these:

low carb/paleo kids: crispy pepperoni chips!

low carb/paleo kids: creating a (lunch) tapas party

low carb/paleo kids: 3-seed coconut berry energy bites (nut free, grain free, dairy free)

low carb/paleo kids: pb & banana sandwiches

low carb/paleo kids: strawberry banana yogurt & chocolate yogurt

low carb/paleo kids: creating a yogurt bar and more

low carb/paleo kids: vegetable dip & sticks in a cup

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