|$1.80 worth of fresh kale|
If there's ever a choice between a sweet snack or a salty snack, I will 99% of the time choose the latter. Especially if it involves a snack that's got a crispy/crunchy texture, like potato chips or tortilla chips or crackers, cheese crackers!! I'll even eat a bag of croutons over a slice of chocolate cake, believe it or not. None of these things are "healthy" and none of these things will let you eat just one. Sure you can tell yourself that you will -but we all know that never happens.
Enter, the kale chip.
I've seen these on food blogs, read about them and noticed how popular they are/have become but never really got around to making them, until now! It's pretty safe to say that I've been missing out and if you haven't tried these yet you're probably missing out too. I'm a fan of anything that's cheap and easy (har har har!!) and kale chips are both. I can get a huge bunch of kale for under $2.00! Here's the how-to.
|Wash and rip the leaves from the stem|
|Tear the leaves into two-bite pieces and drain. A salad spinning would be awesome for this!|
|Keep the stems! Preheat the oven to 325F convection or350F regular, rack in the middle.|
|Drizzle the kale with a tablespoon of olive oil and literally a pinch of sea salt. |
Using your hands, rub the leaves together to distribute.
It's important to not over crowd the tray. We don't want any steaming action to happen.
|After about 15 - 20 minutes, you've got kale chips! The times will vary, so keep an eye on them. Let them cool for a bout 3 minutes.|
|Once cooled, remove from the baking tray into a bowl.|
|Repeat until you've got no leaves left. Devour!!!|
Read about why kale is such an awesome super food at WedMD and go and make yourself some of this deliciousness!! I like making a huge batch and keeping it fresh in an air tight container. If you've got those silica packets around, stick one in there to ensure no moisture gets in and stays. It'll keep well for about a week, maybe more but I can't tell you from experiance as they've never lasted that long in my household.
Kale chips are a superb alternative to their potato counterparts. You can even add your own spices (chili powder, granulated garlic, dehydrated vegetable flakes and nutritional yeast would be awesome!) to taste. Just make sure to start with a light hand- a little goes a long way.