This week I had a pot-luck to go to but didn’t have much time to make anything let alone many ideas of what to make. I heard kale chips were quick and had been meaning to try making them for ages, so I decided to give ‘em a try.
I am very easy to please when it comes to all things green, but since I really didn’t know what I was doing I was actually hesitant to take a bite when they were finished. To my relief the chip melted in my mouth. It was wonderful. No really- it was light, crispy, savory and SO good. But then I remembered that others don’t always have the same reaction as I do when it comes to veggies. Lucky for me, Michelle (my sis-in law) came home just in time to get a taste of the chips. I told her to be honest and that it would of course not hurt my feelings if she didn’t love them. To both of our surprise, she too LOVED them. She said she thought they were very “foodie” and I could not agree more. I think the name is going to stick.
I managed not to eat all of them and took them with me to the pot-luck. They were a hit. The point of this story… I will be making these Foodie Kale Chips much more often now that I have experienced how easy, inexpensive, and delicious they are for myself.
Now to throw a little nutrition into the mix…
- Kale is one of THE healthiest vegetables around.
- Kale contains the antioxidants letein and beta-carotene which are known to help both prevent and treat certain cancers.
- Kale contains vitamin K which helps to regulate inflammation within the body.
- Kale’s fiber content is known to help bind up bile acids and pull them out of the body which in turn helps lower cholesterol.
- Finally, we’re in luck. Kale happens to be in season starting in the winter and lasting through the beginning of spring. This means that its nutrient capacity is currently at its greatest and we will easily be able to find this vegetable grown locally throughout the season.
Foodie Kale Chips
(one of the easiest, most flavorful side dishes you will every try)
- Kale (One Bunch)
- Olive Oil (About 2-3 Tablespoons)
- Sea Salt (About a Tablespoon)
- Heat Oven to 300F
- Rinse Kale, Cut off stems, Slice into chip size portions
- Toss the Kale, Olive Oil and Salt in large bowl (until all pieces seem covered)
- Spray cookie sheet with non-stick
- Spread Kale over cookie sheet
- Bake in over for 20 min.
Voila! It is really as easy as that! You can eat these warm or room temp. Just try not to eat them all before you have a chance to share!