Tuesday, August 6, 2013

Kale Chips

Honest and truly, I never pictured myself even putting a bundle of leafy kale in my grocery cart.  Yes, I know... I too have heard of all it's miraculous nutritional healing powers, but what the heck do you do with the stuff?  It is simply not edible!  (I've tried it in green smoothies and it is what I call a disaster! I can't even pretend it is palatable.  Good for you if you think otherwise.)  I am just not the torture-your-taste-buds-to-go-green type... although I have lots of friends who are, and I will certainly cheer you on.
I am probably a bit more like the lady at the end of this {hilarious} clip. (I love Studio C.)
That being said (and watched), I like being healthy and when "healthy" and "practical" meet up... that is where I stand.  Here is a lovely sample of that marriage.  I had a friend, Becky, tell me how she makes kale chips from the kale she grew in her garden.  She said her kids eat it like popcorn or Doritos.  She often serves it as a snack during movies.  I smiled, nodded, and agreed that that was pretty awesome... however, in the back of my head I was guilty of laughing and saying to myself, "RIIIIGHT. Of course they do."  Then she gave me a sample.  I was shocked... literally eating my words.  EUREKA!  There IS a way to make kale taste good! (And it is incredibly easy!!!) 
Even my 4 year old anti-anything-green boy will eat these.  He proudly announced when dad got home from work that, 
"Er made chips a'day.  Er made them with leabs.  Like in the trees."
And that's just what we did.

Kale Chips
Fresh kale (about 4 stalks)
Olive Oil
Kosher Salt (or regular)
Lemon juice
*You could also add other seasoning if you feel brave. i.e. garlic or onion powder, Parmesan, season salt, etc.)

Rinse kale.  Peel the kale away from the stems. (This is a great job for little kiddos.)  Pieces can be small or large.  Put the kale leaves in a large bowl.  Drizzle with a couple tablespoons of olive oil. (More or less as needed.)  Add a little drizzle of lemon juice (if desired) and toss the leaves to coat.  (Sometimes I rub the oil with my thumbs.)  Add salt and toss.  Spread on a large baking sheet.  (I like to have it up on a rack for even baking.)  Bake at 350 for about 15 minutes or until the kale turns brown and gets crispy.  Cooks quickly, so watch it close. (I like mine more crispy, so I usually go longer, but it doesn't taste good burned. :)
Allow them to cool and munch away!  Be prepared to make another batch soon, because the go fast!
*If they don't get gobbled up (which is rare) I have found the the best was to store them in is a Tupperware in the fridge.  They are pretty delicate/crumbly, so be careful.)

I feel like I just saved the world.... one kale chip at a time.
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1 comment:

Momma Kaye said...

My sentimens exactly on the kale. The finished product looks a little questionable, but I'm going to trust you and try it. This is such a funny post! True conffessions!