OK this is going to sound crazy, but I am really loving Kale Chips these days. Yup, Kale Chips. Kale is considered a super food and is of full of nutrients such as vitamins A, C, and E, fiber, calcium, manganese, and loaded with sulfur containing phytonutrients which have been shown to protect against many kinds of cancer including breast and ovarian. Baking it as a chip is a easy and yummy way to snack on something very healthy.
My sister is on a 40 day cleanse and so I’ve gotten more exposure to vegan foods through her challenging cleanse. Last week, we stopped in Big Bear Natural Foods in Pennington on our way to do some shopping and needed to pick up some lunch. We picked up a bag of Kale Chips for a quick healthy snack. I must admit at first I kind of rolled my eyes when Mimi was raving about how good they were. I was a little surprised that the small bag was $7 and not organic so I figured out how to make them myself. I did this because they were really really tasty and totally guilt-free. I had a Garlic flavored bag so that was my inspiration for my latest batch of Kale Chips. Try them out and let me know what you think.
1 Bunch of Organic Kale
1/4 Cup of Almonds
2 TBSP Crushed Garlic – Fresh or from a Can
Juice from 1/2 a lemon
2-3 TBSP Olive Oil
Salt & Pepper
Italian spices – Dried-Oregano, thyme, basil, tarragon
2 TBSP Nutritional Yeast (Adds protein and B12)
or 2 TBSP Parmigiano Cheese (for flavor-use less salt if you use Parm)
What to do:
Preheat Oven at 350
1. Get a cookie sheet and line with Parchment Paper for easy clean up. Or spray with non-stick oil spray.
2. Take a baggy, place almonds in the bag and pound with a hammer until they are in tiny bits
3. Wash and rinse Kale -remove kale from stem and discard stems then place in a big bowl. Salad spinner makes this easy.
4. Pour Oil, Salt & Pepper, Garlic, Lemon and Yeast or Cheese if you are using them all over kale.
5. With clean hands, massage all the ingredients into the Kale. It’s easy with your hands and you want the flavor to coat each bit of kale.
You can taste the Kale and adjust flavors as you wish.
7. Bake for 12-15 minutes and keep your on it it. They are done when they are dried out and browned on the edges. Don’t burn them or they’ll taste nasty.
If they aren’t totally crispy, crank up the heat to 400 and bake for 2 more minutes
Also to note, I just started learning about Nutritional Yeast. Seems to be an easy way to boost protein to any foods. I just added to my smoothie this morning and it didn’t make me gag so it’s a keeper. If you have any experience with it, I would love to hear from you.
Where to Get the goods for Kale Chips:
Big Bear Natural Foods
They just moved to a bigger location in Pennington just on rt 31 near Dahlia florist.
Whole Earth Center
360 Nassau St # 1
Princeton, NJ 08540
I’m off to find some Kale seeds for our garden this year since I finally found a really yummy way to eat it. If you try these out, I’d love to know what you think!