People are always asking me what I do with all the kale I buy. I know I am obsessed. Last week at the farmer's market, I bought two huge bushels and I am ready for more. I throw kale in just about everything these days: smoothies, stir-fries, pasta sauce, beef stew... and most recently I made chips. Yes friends, I said chips. Got your attention now?
I saw kale chips for sale at Sunny Bridge but they were like $7 for a bag the size of my fist. No thank you. I decided to make my own. Crazy easy to make and so delicious... not to mention so good for you. Your skin, your stomach and your bones will thank you. 🙂
Would you believe me if I told you my 17 month old daughter ate them up? Proof above. Make these for your kiddos. They'll love them as much as Doritos.
You are salivating aren't you? You should be. These things will rock your world. So, why should you make these kale chips right this moment? Here are my top 3 reasons:
1. You get a lot of bang for your buck. I think I paid $2 for a bushel of kale. This is a lot of kale chips plus they are low in calories and high in nutrients so you can eat them all up in one sitting. Yep, kale is one food I allow my clients to binge on.
2. They are freakin amazing. I believe food has to taste awesome. Especially healthy food. You deserve to eat food that tastes great. Not cardboard and boring steamed veggies. Don't believe me, try for yourself.
3. They are a whole food. This is my number 1 rule when eating healthy. Eat whole foods as much as you can. Are Doritos a whole food? Not even close. Kale chips? You better believe it.
Here's my recipe but the sky is the limit here my friends. I want to try to make a BBQ flavor next... stay tuned.
Sea Salt and Sesame Kale Chips
1 bunch of kale
2 Tbl. olive oil
2 Tbl. Gomasio seasoning (you can find this in the health food section of the store) or use sesame seeds and sea salt
Ground black pepper, to taste
Again, be creative. Olive oil with salt and pepper is awesome too!
1. Rinse kale leaves and shake dry. Tear leaves into chip-sized pieces. Reserve the stems for another use, like vegetable stock. I threw my stems in a plastic bag and popped them in the freezer for future use.
2. In a large bowl, add the oil and seasoning.
3. Add the pieces of kale and mix up with your hands. You want to get oil and seasoning on every piece.
4. Preheat oven to 350F. On two large cookie sheets, spread out kale leaves so they are mostly not overlapping. Add fresh ground pepper on top. Add more seasoning if needed.
5. Bake for about 8 minutes. Flip and move chips around to cook evenly. Bake another 8 minutes or so. They should be crispy not soggy. Be careful to not overcook. They can burn pretty easy!
6. Sit down and enjoy with your kiddos!
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