This week I want to focus on a healthy yummy easy to make snack! Kale Chips. Kale is one of those great, under-rated greens. There are so many great ways to make Kale, it’s great in soups and even as a side dish tossed with toasted sesames and olive oil. Although Kale is extremely popular around the world, as it is used in many traditional dishes, I had never heard of Kale growing up. The fact is I didn’t even try my first bite of Kale until I moved to the Carolinas. Now don’t get me wrong my parents did a great job introducing my brother and I to a lot of wonderful foods, but since we are not from “the south” there are a few foods that just did not make it onto our plates growing up!
Many varieties of kale are referred to as “flowering kales” and are grown mainly for their ornamental leaves, which are brilliant white, red, pink, lavender, blue or violet in the interior or the rosette. Most plants sold as “ornamental cabbage” are in fact kales. Ornamental kale is as edible as any other variety, provided it has not been treated with pesticides or other harmful chemicals. When uncooked, standard Kale is a popular garnish.
Kale is considered to be a highly nutritious vegetable with powerful antioxidant properties; kale is considered to be anti-inflammatory. Kale is very high in beta carotene, vitamin K, vitamin C, lutein, and reasonably rich in calcium. In other words a great food to add to your families diets!
Kale ChipsTake 1 bunch of kale (or more)
Remove and chop the leaves
Wash in a salad spinner, and dry thoroughly
Place kale on a cookie sheet (for best results do not pile on top of each other while baking)
Drizzle with 1 tablespoon of olive oil
Sprinkle with salt and pepper, or just salt
Roast at 350 degrees for 10-15 minutes, until crispy.
It is as easy as that! Thank you Stephanie Kohlenstein for sharing this recipe with me! We have been enjoying this yummy guilt free, snack for a while now, don’t be afraid to try it for yourself and let me know what you think!
Enjoy! Dr. Estela