Tuesday, April 16, 2013

baked kale chips

You can pay like $6 for these in a Whole Foods (we call it Whole Paycheck), or you can make them yourself for $0.99, it's up to you.

But seriously, these are a great healthy replacement for snacky things like popcorn.  No really, make these instead of popcorn--they even kinda taste the same!  Kale is one of those things you really ought to buy organic.  However, if you're like me, 200 miles away from the closest health food store and making do with Kroger produce...you do the best you can.  It's still a leafy green with lots of minerals that you need!  Make sure you don't cut out the oil, because you need a healthy fat in order to properly extract the minerals from the kale.  Always have oil or butter with your green veggies.

All it takes is...

  • a few leaves of curly kale per person
  • grapeseed oil or EVOO
  • sea salt
  • fixings - Bragg's liquid aminos, lemon juice, or onion powder, be creative!
Rinse your kale leaves and pat them dry.  At this point, you'll want to start preheating your oven to 350F, because it'll take a few minutes to get the kale situated.  Get some parchment paper and slap it down on a baking sheet.  Tear up the leafy parts of the kale into bite-sized bits and spread it out over the parchment paper.  Toss the stem parts.  

Sprinkle with oil and sea salt, and whatever else you fancy.  Pop it all in the oven until the kale is crispy but not browning.  In my school oven, that's 12 minutes.  At home, that's 14 minutes.  Just keep an eye on it!  Remove and serve immediately, or allow the kale chips to cool and then store them in a Ziploc for a few hours or a day.  

Let me know if you try this recipe!  What is your favorite way to eat kale?