One of my Canadian facebook friends, Janice, introduced me to my new love. Chocolate still remains my first love. However, step aside, because King Kale has arrived! I have steamed, sautéed, juiced, eaten raw, sliced, diced and crunched on kale in many forms. Yet never, I repeat never did I think about turning kale into a chip!
Janice sent me the recipe and I read it. Not only did it sound interesting, but it seemed extremely easy to make and low-calorie. Kale per calorie is one of the most nutrient-dense foods out there! I have to say that I have my own list of foods that are on "Nancy's Top 10 List," and kale is definitely on it!
Off to the grocery store I went, and purchased a bunch of organic kale. I was excited to come home and try this recipe. I rinsed, separated, seasoned and threw them into the oven as quickly as I could. Are you ready for this?! These kale chips came out light, crispy, naturally salty and so good for you!
Kale is high in vitamin K, vitamin A, vitamin C, manganese and fiber! Dr. Oz mentioned that eating 3 servings of broccoli or cabbage a week can reduce the risk of breast cancer by up to 73%! I am still letting that sink in! wow, that's amazing!
Kale comes from the same family of green vegetables as cabbage, and is jam packed with so many cancer fighting, eye healing, organ protecting, detoxifying, immune supporting, cell building properties that why wouldn’t I eat it?! Are you all getting ready to hop in your cars to make a mad dash to buy some kale yet? ;)
In the event that you are convinced to try this at home, the recipe is below. If you are not one for such adventures, there is a particular manufacturer that makes raw kale chips, and you can just buy them online. However, I am one to make things myself; it's cheaper and fresher! Again, thanks to my facebook friend Janice for the tip. We are all here to learn from each other and grow in knowledge!
1 bunch organic kale
1 tbsp olive oil or olive oil spray
Sea salt to taste (if desired use Cajun, cayenne, garlic, curry, Chinese 5 spice, oregano, apple cider vinegar; really, whatever you want or just keep it naturally delicious and simple by just enhancing with sea salt)
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Rinse and pat dry kale leaves. Remove leafy part from stem and rip into chip size pieces. If using olive oil: put all the leaves into a bag, drizzle the olive oil into the bag, add seasonings and shake. Arrange on cookie sheet.
Or, if using olive oil spray: simply arrange kale on cookie sheet, lightly spray all the "chips" and season with salt. Cook for 15-20 minutes. Watch carefully that they do not burn. As soon as the edges turn brown they are done and ready to enjoy!