Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Kale Chips

If you don't know about kale chips...well, you should.  They're pretty incredible. Who knew taking kale, (arguably one of the healthiest foods), and a few other ingredients could make something that tastes remarkably like potato chips?  The kale ends up crisping in the oven so it gives you the same satisfying crunch as a potato chip.  You can keep it as simple as kale, salt and cooking spray (3 ingredients!) or add a few extra spices for a barbecue flavored chip. I did half of the chips just with salt and the other half as barbecue chips, and, honestly, we liked both equally. 

We had our kale chips as a side for our spicy chicken and avocado sandwiches.  A delicious spring dinner!

Kale Chips with Salt
  • 1 head kale (preferably curly kale)
  • salt
  • cooking spray
Barbecue Kale Chips
Taken from: Peas and Thank You
  • 1 t. paprika
  • 1/2 t. garlic salt
  • 1/2 t. sugar
  • 1/4 t. onion powder
  • 1/4 t. chili powder
  • 1/4 t. dry mustard (I omitted)
  • pinch of cayenne (optional)
  • 1 head kale
  • cooking spray
-For BBQ kale chips, mix all spices together in a small bowl. 
-Preheat oven to 300.  Line 2 baking sheets with aluminum foil (the foil is optional but makes for easy clean up) and then spray foil with cooking spray.
-Rinse and dry the kale, then remove the stems and tough center ribs. Cut into large pieces and arrange leaves in a single layer on baking sheets.  Spray kale pieces with cooking spray and then sprinkle with salt or BBQ spice mixture.
-Bake for approximately 20 minutes; after 10 minutes of cooking, rotate the pan and then check every few minutes so they don't burn. Chips should be light and crisp.

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