I was feeling like a snack … something crispy … something healthy – and FULL of flavor! Contrary to the name of my blog post, my version of kale chips are not actually spicy on the caliente meter, they are just full of different spices! I have a big bag of Kale in the fridge so I thought I would give it a go. Have you ever had a kale chip? These are a tasty alternative to potato chips – they are easy to make, low in fat, loaded with fiber, and full of vitamins K*, A and C (antioxidants to fight free radicals! Yea!). Deck it out with spices and seasons galore (instead of loading up on salt) and you won’t be able to stop munching on these light and airy crisps … and why not?! When you are munching on something this healthy, who cares?! Just make sure you drink some water with all that delicious fiber!
*If you are on Coumadin or Warfarin, high amounts of vitamin K ( found in Kale) may interact with your medication, please check with your doctor before eating more than a ½ cup.
Here’s a recipe to try:
- 1 bunch kale
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 1 teaspoon seasonings of your choice
- Preheat an oven to 350 degrees** F (175 degrees C). Line a non insulated cookie sheet with parchment paper or just dust pan with non stick spray.
- With a knife or kitchen shears, carefully remove the leaves from the thick stems and tear into bite size pieces. Wash and thoroughly dry kale with a salad spinner. Drizzle kale with olive oil and sprinkle with seasoning OR put kale in a Ziploc, drizzle with olive oil and spices, close bag and shake it up to evenly distribute oil and seasonings.
- Take kale out of bag and evenly distribute kale over cookie sheet. Do not layer kale.
- Bake until the edges are brown but are not burnt, 10 to 15 minutes. Half way through you may want to flip the kale with a spatula.
**Depending on your oven you may need to turn up the heat, I usually set mine around 400 degrees F to get them crispy.
After spreading the kale out on a cooking tray is when I like to give them a light misting of olive oil with my handy olive oil pump. Mine looks similar to the picture shown here and was about 7 bucks at TJ Maxx.
I love to sprinkle on garlic powder and black pepper. Some other ideas are cayenne pepper, Parmesan or salt and vinegar. Try your own creation!
Spice it up!