Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Kale Chips Recipe

I finally got around to making Kale Chips for the first time ever!  Go figure it would be in the middle of winter.  I first discovered recipes for Kale Chips this past summer and was very curious to how they would taste.  However I wasn't growing any and never got around to grabbing a bunch at the grocery store.  Now that I have my new Juicer I needed to make a healthy green juice, so I bought some red curly kale and some Swiss chard at Whole Foods.  Well, I've been juicing with both of them all week and they make an excellent green juice, then it dawned on me to try making Kale Chips!

Kale Chips are just torn up pieces of kale baked in the oven to make a crispy treat similar to potato chips but so much more healthy!  Curly kale is the best variety to use for kale chips because it won't lay flat on the baking sheet.  Besides being an healthy alternative to potato chips, it was a very easy and simple recipe.  And just imagine how simple it would be if you are growing Kale in your own backyard (which hopefully I will be doing this coming summer!).

Kale Chips Ingredients-

You only need three ingredients: 
Salt (Sea Salt is the best) 
Olive Oil (although coconut oil would work and might give an interesting taste!)

Kale Chips Prep: 

10 minutes: 
  • Wash and dry Kale leaves (wash good if not organic) 
  • Cut leaves away from stem (Save stem for juicing or place in compost bin) 
  • Tear leaves into small pieces the size of potato chips 
  • Grab your salt and olive oil
  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees 

Kale Chips Directions: 

  1. Place dried, torn up Kale leaves in a bowl
  2. Drizzle olive oil (a little more than a tablespoon) on to the leaves
  3. Toss leaves with hands to coat all in oil 
  4. Sprinkle salt on leaves (as much as you desire but be careful too much salt isn't healthy!) 
  5. Toss leaves again to get salt on all leaves 
  6. Lay leaves individually and spaced out evenly on a baking pan (non stick)  
  7. Place baking sheet in oven for 10-15 mins depending on how moist the leaves are 
  8. When leaves begin to brown on edges, remove from pan and scoop onto a plate or bowl for cooling 
  9. Enjoy the delicious and crispy Kale Chips!!