Today is a guest post/recipe from my friend, Laura. She’s one of the healthiest people I know! She raved about her latest cooking adventure in making Kale Chips. Here’s what she has to say. 🙂
I had been hearing good things about the mysterious Kale Chips- about how great they taste, and how healthy kale is. For those of you who don’t know, I will save you some googling, and just tell you a couple of simple facts about kale.
- Kale Superfact #1– SUPER high in vitamin K (1 cup = over 1300% of your recommended daily intake!!), which is good for strengthening bones, preventing stroke, and supports our immune system.
- Kale Superfact#2– high in antioxidants
- Kale Superfact#3– Kale is a natural anti-inflammatory! (which is great for those of us who run and put extra stress on our joints) and it apparently relieves some problems related to asthma.
- Kale Superfact#4– Last but not least, kale is low in calories, and high in fiber- so with all of the antioxidants along with the fiber, this makes for a great addition to a detox diet.
So even after hearing all of these things about it, i never knew how EASY IT WAS TO MAKE! So for some reason it never topped my list of things to try until this past Sunday. It was a rainy afternoon, and I decided to give something new a shot. (And hey, kale was on sale at the local grocery store!)
The process is super easy.
Here’s what you’ll need:
- 1 bunch raw kale
- salt, garlic powder, celery salt, basil, red pepper or whatever herbs you think might be tasty. (my fav is celery salt + garlic powder)
- extra virgin olive oil in a spray dispenser
- baking sheet
- Chop up the kale into bite sized pieces, or just rip apart with your hands. the smaller the better. bigger pieces tend to be less crispy
- Spritz with EVOO just enough to make them glisten, but not too much. (spritzing them saves a bunch of un-necessary calories compared to recipes that say toss with 1tbsp EVOO. You’ll be fine with a spritz)
- Sprinkle with desired amount of salt/ spices (you trust yourself salting your own popcorn, so i think you can eyeball this too)
- Bake at 350 for about 12-14 minutes but keep an eye on it! I take them out when the curly parts of the kale are browning.
- Eat right away, its best when its warm in my opinion! If cooked right, they will almost dissolve in your mouth.
I’d give this recipe a high score for it being super easy/ tasty/ healthy AND fun to eat!