Ok, so maybe I got carried away with the title of this blog post; however, there is a lot of truth to it. When I was a kid you never heard of Kale unless you went to someone’s BBQ and amongst the smorgasboard of fattening foods you would see a large pot of slimy greens with a half a leg of ham in it mixed with a cup of oil and loaded in sodium. This was my image of kale as a kid. Today is a different story. The Baltimore Sun wrote “Kale takes the spotlight as foodies hail its health benefits!” http://articles.baltimoresun.com/2012-04-14/entertainment/bs-fo-kale-recipes-20120413_1_kale-health-benefits-vitamin
Kale is taking over as the “Queen of Greens.” It is high in calcium and Kale is packed with antioxidants which help neutralize harmful free radicals in the body. Some research suggests kale helps reduce the risk of certain cancers. One cup of chopped raw kale provides more than 100% of the daily value of vitamins A, C, and K. Needless to say, “It’s good for you!” Better yet, you can turn it into a delicious chip that you and your family will all enjoy. My daughter runs through the house when she smells Kale chips and will eat as many as I will allow. She loves them and she’s five. This easy recipe will save you time in the snack department, calories, is a clever way to get your kids to eat greens, and they are packed full of the good stuff!
- 1 bunch of Kale
- 2 TBSP Grapeseed oil (or Extra Virgin Olive Oil will do)
- Salt and Pepper (about 1 TBSP of each)
Rinse the Kale and pat dry thoroughly to remove any moisture. Taking a pairing knife or scissors, cut out the middle rib from the Kale and discard. Break the leaves apart into large pieces that are about the size of your palm. Spread evenly on a baking sheet and drizzle with oil, sprinkle with salt and pepper. Bake in a 375 degree oven for about 10 minutes.
If the Kale chips are still wet, place back in the oven and continue to cook until the leaves start to brown and the Kale is crispy like a chip. Remove from oven and let cool.
These Kale Chips are a hit!
*** You can season kale chips with anything! Try red pepper flake or cayenne for spice, garlic powder, onion powder, curry, chili powder, the combinations are endless. And indulge by tossing these babies in truffle oil, it is to die for!! ***