Friday, January 6, 2012

Leafy, Green, Crunchy...Chips?

The supermarket had giant bags of pre-washed, chopped kale for $1.00 so I got a bag.  I was looking online for a way to use some of it up and found some recipes for kale chips.  I was skeptical, but after making them, I'm hooked.  For those people who have made resolutions to eat better, kale chips are a great alternative to potato chips.  They have the right amount of crunch, a deep earthy flavor, and loads of vitamin K, which is important for blood clotting.

Ingredients:
4 cups chopped, chopped kale
2 tsp. olive oil
1/2 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. pepper

Directions

  1. Preheat the oven to 350F.
  2. Thoroughly dry the kale, then spread on a parchment lined baking sheet.  It's important that the kale is dry, or it won't crisp and you'll end up steaming it instead.  
  3. Add the olive oil, salt, and pepper.  
  4. Optional - Sprinkle with other spices/toppings.  Here are some suggestions:  chili powder, chinese five spice powder, bbq seasoning blend, garam masala (indian spice blend), finely grated Parmesan cheese.
  5. Mix well and bake for 10-15 or until crispy.