I have been meaning to make kale chips for a while. I only found a carton full of fresh kale recently and when I saw them, kale chips automatically came to mind. Truthfully, I never snacked on kale chips before I made a batch myself. They seem to be the latest rave and after having snacked on some myself, I completely understand why. Gaining in popularity, kale is an amazing vegetable that is recognized for its exceptional richness in nutrients, health benefits, and delicious flavor. Generally speaking, eating a variety of natural and unprocessed vegetables has proven to be beneficial to your health, but eating nutrient loaded kale on a regular basis may provide significant health benefits, including cancer protection and lowered cholesterol.
Also known as borecole, kale is believed to be one of the healthiest vegetables around. Kale belongs to the Brassica family that includes cruciferous vegetables such as cabbage, collards, broccoli, and Brussels sprouts. Moreover, the health benefits that kale provides are primarily linked to the high concentration and excellent source of antioxidant vitamins A, C, and K — and sulphur-containing phytonutrients. Kale is also contains eye-health promoting lutein and zeaxanthin compounds. Beyond antioxidants, the fiber content of cruciferous kale binds bile acids and helps lower blood cholesterol levels and reduce the risk of heart disease, especially when kale is cooked instead of raw.
Just as addictive and crispy and potato chips, kale chips not only make for a healthy snack idea but they are a great way to incorporate more vegetables in your diet. Baked kale chips are a low calorie nutritious snack that even the most fastidious eaters can immensely enjoy. I planned on serving kale chips at an event but they sadly did not survive because they were intercepted by hubby and yours truly. I had to make something else instead. Since kale has an acquired taste, I seasoned it with a bit of garlic powder, smokey paprika, chili powder, a drop of turmeric and ground pepper. I suppose it’s fair to say that kale chips have nearly imminently replaced potato chips (unless they are homemade and oven baked).
For this recipe, you will need:
- 1 bunch of kale
- 1 tablespoon of olive oil
- 1/2 teaspoon of garlic powder
- 1/2 teaspoon of chili powder
- 1/2 teaspoon of smokey or sweet paprika
- 1/3 teaspoon of turmeric
- 1/2 teaspoon of sea salt
- 1/4 teaspoon of ground pepper
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Wash the kale and dry thoroughly with paper towels. Pull the leaves off the center ribs in large pieces, and pile on a baking sheet. Discard the ribs. In a small bowl, mix oil and spices till well combined. Pour over the kale. Use your hands to massage the kale leaves until each one is evenly coated with the spice mixture. Do not drench. Lay the kale leaves out flat on 3-4 full sized baking sheets. Do not overlap. Bake for 10-11 minutes until crisp, but still green. Cool for a few minutes on the baking sheet before moving. If some kale chips are still a little flimsy or damp, remove the crisp chips and place the damp chips back in the oven for a few more minutes. Store in an air-tight container.
Yields 12 servings