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At Gorelik Dentistry, for a healthy smile and a healthy body, we encourage our patients in Charlotte, North Carolina to shop locally and to consume the freshest food available in your area. This will help ensure that your food is fresh and not packed with preservatives and chemicals. Eating organic choices gives you more nutrients than imported produce. It also helps you avoid pesticides and food additives, and in the case of animal products, organic options the hormones and antibiotics found in animal products.

To help our clients achieve optimum health and well-being, Dr. Julia Gorelik and our team at Gorelik Dentistry encourage you to eat a healthy diet for a healthy body and healthy smile. Here’s a black and orange appetizer for a Halloween party which makes 40-50 servings.

Sweet Potato Chips With Olive Tapenade

For these chips, sweet potatoes are nutrient-rich and flavorful with fiber, beta-carotene, vitamin C, and lycopene. Olive oil crisps them nicely and is a heart-healthy oil. For the tapenade, high-quality black kalamata olives and canned black olives from your local gourmet shop or grocery store will make a savory difference. And finally, scallions fresh from your farmers’ market and sundried tomatoes will make your taste buds dance! These chips have 23 calories each, 1 gram of total fat, 0.2 grams of protein, and .25 grams of fiber.

Ingredient List:

• 2 medium sweet potatoes, with the peels on
• 1/4 cup of olive oil, divided
• Kosher salt
• Black pepper
• 1 cup black olives without the pits
• 3 green onions
• 1/4 cup sun-dried tomatoes, packed in oil, with the oil drained

Let’s Get Cooking:

• Preheat your oven to 400 degrees (Fahrenheit) and prepare two big baking sheets with non-stick cooking spray.
• Cut your sweet potatoes into thin slices and fan them out in a single layer on your baking sheets.
• Using the olive oil, brush each slice with the olive oil.
• Season the slices with kosher salt and pepper and bake 20-24 minutes, turning halfway through.
• When the slices are golden, take them out and let them cool while you make the tapenade.

Tapenade:

Put the rest of your ingredients into a food processor and add 1/4 teaspoon each of salt and pepper to season, then pulse. You want the tapenade to be somewhat chunky. Serve each sweet potato slice topped with the tapenade.

Credit: The Food Network: here

We wish you a Happy, HEALTHY, Halloween. If you would like to talk to us about your smile, please call 704-553-1627 today!