Friday, June 19, 2015

Kale Chips

Kale...it seems that it has been on everyone's minds lately.  The nice part is that because it is cheap to grow, it is also cheap to buy.  You can usually get a bunch of it for right around a dollar.  It is everywhere...in the grocery stores, farmers markets and restaurants.  For me, I like to eat it occasionally.  It isn't that I don't like it, but it is usually I don't think about it.  I tend to buy arugula or spinach for my salads...in particular spinach in winter as it can be eaten as a salad or cooked down nicely to add some greens to the meal in winter.  While the same can be done with kale, it just isn't my favorite.  However, with the rise of kale has also some the rise of recipes containing it so we find ourselves actually buying it and eating it more than before it was so popular.  One of my favorite ways to eat a bunch of kale is in the form of kale chips.  They are super easy to make and even easier to eat!  All it takes is a few minutes and a little bit of spices and you have your kale chips ready to eat.

Kale Chips
1 bunch of kale
1- 1 1/2 tablespoons olive oil
1/2 teaspoon onion powder
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
1/2 teaspoon paprika
salt and pepper to taste



Preheat oven to 350 F. Remove the thick steams of the kale and tear into bite sized pieces.  Put in a salad spinner and wash well.  Pat dry on paper towels or a dish drying cloth. Toss with about 1 tablespoon olive oil (a little more if it is a big bunch).  Sprinkle the dry seasonings over the kale.  Toss everything together to ensure even distribution of olive oil and spices.  Place on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper.  Be sure that no leaves are touching otherwise it will take longer to cook and some will be browned while others are soggy.  Bake for about 10 minutes.  Rotate the baking sheet for even baking.  Bake for another 10 minutes or until lightly browned.  Remove from oven and let cool slightly before eating.


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