Monday, November 19, 2012

Kale Chips

YUM......YUM.......these are addicting.    Kale chips, our favorite new way to eat kale.  Kale is really trending these days as THE green to eat.  But this is not news....we've known this all along!  Kale is probably the most nutritious green of all time.
Just looking at it with all it's curls and extra surface packs more bang for your buck than the average green.  Here is a quick rundown of some of powerhouse Kale's health promoting phytonutrients:

  • Beta carotene, lutein and zeaxanthin= high antioxidant and anti -cancer activity
  • Zeaxanthin and Vitamin A= excellent for the eyes
  • High Vitamin K= excellent for bone health as well as helping to prevent Alzheimer's
  • High in Vitamin C=immune building
  • High in Folates=oxygenates the blood thereby supercharging the metabolism
  • Rich source of minerals necessary for all systems to run efficiently        
So here's how I make Kale Chips:
First, I preheat my oven to 350˚  then I wash and dry the kale.  Then I remove the heavy stalks by holding each leaf with stalk side up and run my finger and thumb down to the end.  Next tear into bite size pieces as pictured below.
Place all the pieces of torn kale an baking sheets being careful not to overcrowd.  Drizzle extra virgin olive oil all over the kale and sprinkle sea salt, garlic powder and nutritional yeast as well.  Stir gently to mix and coat all of the kale pieces.
Place on middle rack of your oven and bake for 15 minutes.   Check the kale to see if it's done you may have to gently stir the kale around to loosen the edges from the pan.  Put back in the oven for 5 more minutes.  After the five minutes of time shut the oven off and let the kale sit another 5 minutes in the oven.  The kale chips are ready when they are crisp.   Serve warm.

WARNING:  These are highly may never steam kale again.  By the way if your kids are not eating their greens they WILL LOVE these!!!!!! I know this for a fact.... as my son who is not fond of greens will  absolutely devour these!!!!!

                                                                Happy Cooking!!!


aviva romm said...

Lisa I love seeing your website -- it is so beautiful and vital! And yum, I've been skeptical about kale chips but Mima raves about them -- so I'm gonna try your recipe! Remember those crazy vegie Thanksgivings we had decades ago? Our gallant and extravagant tofu turkeys and those delish Tofu loaves with baked in the cornbread? Giggles! said...

Thanks Aviva! Oh boy do I remember all the good food we cooked....those were some of the best meals ever....decades ago...that sounds strange to say decades! how could it be decades? blessings....enjoy the kale chips....just watch out you will start to crave them! xoxo

k2 said...

Lisa, I'll surely try this kale chips recipe. Such a healthy treat for kids. :) Btw, instead of olive oil, is it okay to use coconut oil? said...

So happy you are going to try this recipe. Coconut oil would be great! Go for it! Let me know how it goes.

Khalil said...

I didn't make enough! This recipe is also very delicious for eating raw Kale. said...

see I told you'd want more! yes raw must be good too Khalil!