I’m sure no one can argue the health benefits of cruciferous veggie like kale. But let’s be honest, some of them taste *really* green, and just aren’t everyone’s cup of tea. I myself love spinach and chard, but generally find kale, collards, turnip and mustard greens a bit too strong tasting to really enjoy. And getting my husband to eat anything green at all is a challenge, strong tasting green stuff is next to impossible to get anywhere near him.
Until I found out about kale chips. I’d been hearing about them for years mind you, and didn’t really give them much thought. Until more and more of my friends told me things like “just try them, you’ll see” and “you have GOT to just TRY them”. Okay, I thought, fine. I’ll try them.
I was BLOWN away!! Not only are they easy, but they are delicious. Not just “I can eat these” good, but “I can’t STOP eating these” good.
You will need:
1 bunch kale (I used the curly stuff, because that’s what they had at the store)
1 bottle Bragg’s Liquid Aminos
a bit of oil, I used olive oil in a mister
First you’ll need to wash and spin the kale, to get all the grit and water off. Ideally you should blot it dry too, the less moisture, the better.
Tear the leaf part from the ribs- you can probably get away with just removing the central stem, but if any of the other veins are big you’ll want them gone too. You can just tear it off in chunks, no need for perfection here. Throw them all in a large bowl, throw out the stems. Then lightly mist the kale with a light covering of oil, and about 4 sprays of Bragg’s Liquid Aminos. Yes, I really do believe that the Bragg’s is essential to this recipe, but you could probably use soy sauce in a pinch. Toss to distribute evenly, and turn out onto a jelly roll pan or cookie sheet- ideally something with a bit of an edge.
Bake in a 300* oven for 15 minutes. At this point you’ll be smelling the green smell of the kale. Pull it out, stir it around, redistribute into an even layer and put back in the oven for 10-15 min. Repeat until all of the kale is evenly crisp. Usually I find that about 30 minutes total does the trick. they will be *crisp*,
Now you’re ready to enjoy- prepare to be amazed! These chips are light as air and delicately flavored. And get this- not only do I love them, but my husband, my 2 year old and my 9 month old all can’t get enough!! I make kale chips several times a week!
Like I said, I know it sounds like Hippie Food, but this is one snack that I think will really surprise you. They may look a little odd at first, but It’s definitely worth trying, especially if you’re looking for new ways to serve kale, or sneak healthy food into your family’s diet.