Monday, August 1, 2011

Have You Tried Kale Chips?

Otherwise known as roasted kale.  Have you tried it yet?


We've been munching on this stuff since this past winter.  My sister told me about it.  It's kinda addicting.

You can find a recipe here from Whole Foods.  I do it a little different.

I take 1 bunch of kale, wash it, and shake it out a little.  I rip it into pretty small pieces and throw it in a container or a Ziploc bag.  Don't use the big ribs of the kale.  I add extra virgin olive oil to it and shake it up to coat the leaves.  I don't measure it.  I put the pieces on a baking sheet and sprinkle sea salt on it.  You could also use bay seasoning, a salt free seasoning, or your favorite seasoning.  It looks big and fluffy before going in the oven.

I put it in the oven at 375 and check it after 10 minutes and stir.  Then I check it every 5 minutes to make sure I don't burn it and to give it a shake or stir.  You want the leaves to get crispy like chips.  Breaking the kale into pretty much equal sizes helps to ensure that the bigger pieces aren't left soggy.  Crispy is better, soggy is not.  When it comes out of the oven, it'll look a lot smaller than when it went in.

Then dig in!  I never get pictures of it after I take it off the baking sheet.  Sometimes it never makes it off the baking sheet because we munch it down so fast.  One bunch of kale feeds my family of four perfectly and leaves us wanting more.  It is kid approved around here from a 6 and 4-year-old.  I now find myself picking up a bunch of kale anytime I'm near a grocery store!

If you don't think your kids will go for something that looks like roasted lettuce....don't tell them what it is until they've tried it.  Show them how crispy it is.  It really is yummy.  And healthy. 

Have you tried it?  Do you like it?  Any other seasoning recommendations?  What else have you tried?

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