Thursday, October 4, 2012

Crispy Kale Chips

Now, I know some of you may be wary of trying a crispy kale chip, but rest assured- this healthful snack is worth trying! I too was skeptical when I tried my first kale chip, but what's surprising is that these leafy greens crisp up almost like a potato chip when they're baked.  Kale has a very mild flavor, so there's plenty of room to get creative with your seasonings. Not only do these chips make a nice snack, but they're also PACKED with nutritional value (calcium, vitamin C, even sulforaphane, which is said to have anti-cancer properties [thanks wiki!]).

Here's how I made them:

Preheat the oven to 350.  Rinse the kale and remove the leaves from the stem (in the pic, you can see I left a few stems on- but they turned out bitter so it is best to remove them).  Drizzle lightly with olive oil and place on a parchment paper lined cookie sheet.  Bake for 10-12 minutes until crisp, but not brown.  Remove chips and sprinkle with kosher salt or other seasoning and serve.  **Note- the kale will shrink down significantly in the oven, so you'll want to buy a large bunch.

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