Cooking at Home: Kale Chips


Yummy crispy and healthy kale chips!
Yummy crispy and healthy kale chips!

This is one of our favorite things to make. It’s pretty easy to do and is extremely healthy for you. I made this for my husband when I was trying to get him to eat healthier and to actually like the food. Worked out pretty well since they end being as crispy as chips. Of course he would prefer potato chips, but this is a decent alternative!

Kale is a very tough leafy green that has loads of nutrients for you. You can dress it up and make it into a salad, saute it in a pan, or bake it in the oven. It’s very versatile and there are many ways to eat it. I prefer to cook it usually, as raw kale can be tough on your jaws. If you can find organic kale, I recommend getting that since it’s a leafy green and it has more surface area for chemicals. I find that organic kale is the same price or only slightly more expensive than normal kale anyway.

Kale Chips (makes about 6 cups of kale chips)
1 bunch of kale
1 tablespoon olive oil
salt and pepper

1. Preheat oven to 450 degrees.
2. Wash kale and take the leaves off the main stem. You can eat the main stem, but it won’t work for kale chips. The stem is very fibrous so be careful if you have a weak digestive system. Rip the leaves into pieces about 2 or 3 inches large.

I like to shake out the kale in a colander then pat dry with a towel.

3. Dry the kale thoroughly. Soggy kale won’t get crispy.

See the color change? Oil brings out the brightness in kale.

4. Place kale into a large bowl and drizzle in olive oil. Sprinkle salt and pepper. Then mix it all up using your hands and rub the leaves until the oil is incorporated. The kale will turn a brighter green.
5. Spray 2 large baking pans with cooking spray. Spread out kale loosely over the two pans.
6. Place into oven for 10-15 minutes. Each oven is different so check at 10 minutes to make sure.
7. When the kale is brown on the edges then you have kale chips! Check to see if they’re crispy, if not put them back in for another minute or two. At this point they can turn from crisp to burnt in a matter of seconds so watch carefully.
8. Enjoy with a dip or as is!

Do you like to eat kale? What’s you favorite recipe using it?

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