Tuesday, February 21, 2012

How to make Kale Chips

Goodbye potato chips! Hello Kale Chips!

Yes, these are that good as in taste and overall healthier for you than store bought chips in general. You'll no longer have to worry about consuming a serving of trans fat or chemical additives with your chips. Making your own gives you control to customize according to your liking.

Like many green veggies, Kale is very nutritious. It is packed with vitamins and is very high in beta carotene, vitamin K, vitamin C, lutein, zeaxanthin, and reasonably rich in calcium. This makes it ideal for snacking on and a great way to introduce vegetables to kids who are picky with their food.

For this recipe I used curly kale which was reserved for a soup but that quickly changed to feed my craving for homemade kale chips. You'll be surprised at how easy this is to make.

Let's get started!

You'll need:
1 bunch of Organic Kale
1 TBSP Organic Extra Virgin Olive Oil
Dash of Cayenne Pepper
Fine Organic Himalayan Sea Salt
Baby Parmesan Cheese (grated)

Pictured above: All seasoned and ready to hit the oven.

Clean leaves by removing  them from their stalks. I like using a kitchen scissors for this but you may go ahead and tear 'em off using your fingers. Make them into pieces that resemble actual chips. Place in a salad spinner and wash thoroughly then spin to ged rid of all excess water and place on a parchment-lined pan. Add Olive Oil,  Sea Salt, Cayenne and Parmesan. Mix well to make sure the leaves are evenly coated. Tip: If you choose to dress yours with Parmesan, go lightly on the salt.

Once you've finished this step, go ahead and place in a preheated oven at 300ºF. Bake for approximately 10-15 minutes or until the edges are golden brown. If  some of the chips turn out somewhat wilted don't be alarmed! They'll be just as tasty as the crunchier ones.

I have a feeling this will be one of your newest addictions.

Until next time, wishing you all optimal Health!

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