Healthy Recipe: Kale Chips

Kale Chips

Replace Fatty Potato Chips with Delicious Homemade Kale Chips

Kale is one of the best and most delicious super foods in the world. Packed with vitamins and minerals, kale is also one of the healthiest foods for you. No matter how you make it, this leafy green vegetable always seems to taste delicious. You can slow cook the kale in a crock pot until it’s soft and tender like your favorite collard greens, you can eat it raw in a salad and you can even toss it in your favorite smoothie recipe. If you want something that crunches like a potato chip but is better for you, give baked kale chips a try.

Preparing the Kale

This recipe for baked kale chips calls for one large bunch of kale. If you think that sounds like too much, keep in mind that it will decrease in size while in the oven. Kale consists of green leaves along a rigid and tough stalk. Though some people actually like the stalk, it has a bitter flavor that many dislike. Use a sharp knife or a pair of kitchen shears to cut the leafs off the stalks. Save the stalks for your next pot of soup or for making stock. You can toss the stalks in a plastic bag and store the bag in your freezer. Give the leaves a good wash to remove any grit. Lightly pat the leaves dry with paper towels.

Making the Chips

Toss your kale leaves with one teaspoon salt, one teaspoon black pepper, one teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes and one teaspoon garlic. Drizzle one tablespoon of olive oil over the leaves. Mix the leaves with your hands until thoroughly incorporated with the oil and spices. Spread the kale leaves out on a large baking dish, making sure to leave space between each leaf. Place in an oven set to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Bake the chips for 10 minutes or until lightly browned along the edges and crispy.

Customizing Your Kale Chips

The great thing about kale chips is that you can customize this recipe in hundreds of different ways. Don’t like the heat that comes from red pepper flakes? Skip the flakes. Want something even hotter? Try upping the amount of pepper flakes and adding a teaspoon or more of your favorite hot sauce. You can add cumin, oregano, seasoned salt and any other seasonings you love to this basic recipe. The chips will still taste delicious and still be better for you than potato chips.

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