Hail to the Kale!

Recently, my friend Amy, a Holistic Nutrition Coach who owns Pura Vida Nutrition, invited a bunch of girls over to her house for a Greens Cooking Class (btw, we totally need another girls night outing pronto). I must admit, that class gave me a new outlook on vegetables and has changed my cooking and eating life. We learned how to make a number of (pretty simple) recipes, my favorite one being…

Kale Chips

Kale is a form of cabbage that does not form a head. Kale is highly nutritious, containing beta carotene, vitamin K, vitamin C, lutein, zeaxanthin, and calcium, i.e. HEALTHY. And we can’t forget, it has anti-cancer properties too. To be honest, before this class, I had never bought kale before. You can pretty much get it at any supermarket and here’s what it looks like:

As for Kale Chips, the first time you make them I’d suggest making the Plain variety.

Ingredients:

1 bunch kale
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 teaspoon salt
  • Preheat oven to 400°F (I’ve seen some varying temps on this from 350°F-425°F.  You may need to adjust baking time depending on the temperature you use.)
  • Line a baking sheet with aluminum foil (or parchment paper).
  • With your hands, remove the leaves from the stems and tear into bite-size pieces.
  • Thoroughly wash kale and dry with salad spinner (or pat dry with paper towel).
  • Spread out kale on baking sheet and drizzle with olive oil and salt. I’ve added cayenne pepper and garlic powder to the kale in the below picture to spice them up. Once you’ve made the Plain variety a few times (kale, olive oil, salt) you can then experiment with any spice(s) you’d like.

  • Bake in oven for 5 minutes.
  • Turn kale over (with tongs) and bake with the other side up.
  • Bake in oven for another 3-5 minutes until they look crispy and slightly brown on edges.  (The time may require your discretion since ovens can vary.)

Notice the crispy leaves and slightly brown edges. These are now ready to eat!! I think they taste like potato chips, but my husband wouldn’t go as far in making that statement. Remember, you can add any spice you’d like… garlic powder, cayenne, curry, cumin, black pepper, parmesan… the options are endless! One last thing, did I mention that these are addicting??

So. seriously. addicting.

P.S. Now that I got you thinking about vegetables and greens and that the world has to offer, if any of you are looking to purchase some AMAZING landscape photography for your house/apt/condo, please check out Matt’s (Amy’s husbands’) website, Paralyzed Horizons. Check back often as new images will be added all the time! These two are an inspiring couple to be starting up ventures on their own!

30 Comments

  1. January 19, 2010 / 8:14 am

    Kale chips are the perfect excuse to deepfry something! But yours are baked, even better! You definitely score brownie points for being super healthy!

  2. January 19, 2010 / 8:31 am

    Wow these look pretty good. I’ve never worked with kale, but I want to make some new things I’ve never worked with. I’ll try these next!

  3. Maria
    January 19, 2010 / 8:55 am

    Yay Kale chips! Goooooooooooo Kale chips! Kale chips every day! Yay yay yay yay!

  4. Julie
    January 19, 2010 / 9:22 am

    I am very intruigued! I have never heard of/seen these before!

  5. Sheena
    January 19, 2010 / 11:43 am

    I’ll have to try these! Sounds like a great way to get Sam to eat his veggies! 🙂

  6. Roxanna
    January 19, 2010 / 1:25 pm

    Very interesting! I’ll have to try these out, especially since I need to eat healthier! Hard to resist snacking.

  7. Sophie
    January 19, 2010 / 4:08 pm

    yummies! I will look out for Kale on my next grocery shopping trip.

  8. January 19, 2010 / 4:25 pm

    u know, ive never had kale, but i have been trying to introduce new veggies into our diet. i will definitely buy some now!:)

  9. Jenny
    January 19, 2010 / 5:00 pm

    This looks great! I’ve only used kale in soup so I’m excited to try this out!

  10. January 20, 2010 / 7:51 am

    I’ve been wanting to try kale chips ever since I first heard about them! I think I will make these this weekend. 😀 Thanks for the recipe!

  11. Sonja
    January 20, 2010 / 11:12 am

    This sounds fantastic! I’ll try it out on my fiance tonight 🙂 Thanks for the super easy recipe!

  12. Amy
    January 20, 2010 / 11:50 am

    I am so glad that you are sharing your love of kale chips with everyone!

  13. gina
    January 20, 2010 / 10:23 pm

    I’ll be sure to try this recipe! How do you have the time to do all this?!?! I love the title by the way – very clever!

  14. January 20, 2010 / 11:42 pm

    yummy!! i remember tasting these and they were so good! thanks for sharing the recipe!

  15. Christina
    January 21, 2010 / 5:31 am

    hmm Kale chips, I have never seem or heard of them before. They look very healthy! 🙂

  16. melissa
    January 21, 2010 / 6:51 am

    Wow this website is so nice!! You need to teach me how to cook and healthy too would be nice! Xoxo

  17. Subha
    January 21, 2010 / 2:33 pm

    I am def going to try and make some of these kale chips this weekend! Thanks for sharing 🙂

  18. January 21, 2010 / 3:14 pm

    After this, I am stopping by Amy’s site. It sounds so interesting. This recipe looks simple enough for me to try. We are turning to many holistic practices in our family. It is amazing what the earth provides to help us live a healthy life!

    BTW, I just stopped by from a comment you made on Moody Mama Says and I love the way your blog looks. I love the soft colors and simplicity. I just re-designed my blog, bright colors, but a lot more simple than it was.

    • January 21, 2010 / 11:30 pm

      @Michelle The recipe is super simple, you should definitely give it a try! You should definitely frequent Amy’s site for holistic practices – it has a wealth of information!! And thanks for the nice comment about the design of my blog, I’ve been working on setting it up for the past few weeks!!

  19. January 22, 2010 / 5:50 am

    Mmm I will definitely be trying this!! Especially since “dark leafy greens” are a huge plus during pregnancy! But I do have one question, the whole “sprinkling olive oil” worries me…would it be okay to brush it on to make sure it’s getting coated evenly or does it not matter?

    Thanks for sharing!!!

    • January 22, 2010 / 8:29 am

      @Leizel Usually what I do is just pour the bottle over the kale and then mix it up with my hands to coat it evenly, but if you want to use a brush I’m sure that would work too! Def just make sure to coat all the kale as best as you can! I can’t wait for you to try it!! I’ll be making these every day and eating them by the handful whenever I’m pregnant, LOL!

  20. Jaxx
    January 23, 2010 / 1:54 am

    This tastes like potato chips? Are these leaves crispy like a p.c. when cooked? They don’t just flop over when you pick them up? That would be amazing. What a healthy way to snack. I bet parmesan and garlic would be fab.

    I came to your blog after reading your comment on Tartelette. Isn’t she amazing? Her photo are so gorgeous that she makes it look easy. I go to a lot of food blogs which make it very clear that it is NOT easy to arrange attractive food photos. She is truly an artist and so creative in how she arranges food. I like your new blog too. Very clean and uncluttered. Your peanut butter cookies–so beautiful. I wish you the best in getting established and look forward to seeing your blog grow.

    • January 23, 2010 / 11:39 am

      @Jaxx Yup, these lovelies are crunchy when baked!! If there are some that flop over, then I believe it’s because the kale wasn’t dried thoroughly before placing on the baking sheet or the olive oil may not have been spread around enough to touch those pieces of kale. These are def a wonderful and healthy snack!!

      Yea, Tartelette IS amazing and I love all her photos! I hope that one day I can take as good of photos as her!!

  21. January 24, 2010 / 5:11 pm

    Hihi!! i tried these chips last nite and they were amazing! all the guys loved it….! i thought they were BETTER than potatoe chips!
    pls post more recipes!!!

    • January 24, 2010 / 5:24 pm

      @Sandy Yayyy! So happy that everyone loved them! =) Thanks for coming back here and letting me know they were such a hit! I will post more recipes soon.

  22. January 24, 2010 / 8:02 pm

    these sound amazing! i am going to give this recipe a shot tomorrow!!!

  23. January 25, 2010 / 3:10 pm

    Yum. I gotta try those. 🙂

  24. Sonja
    January 26, 2010 / 9:42 am

    My fiance was skeptical when I mentioned Kale chips as I grabbed a bunch at the grocery store. We had some friends over and they were a hit!! Everyone kept saying, “Kale?? like that leaf vegetable?!” We have found a new favorite (easy, quick, and HEALTHY!) snack! Thanks, Sandy 🙂

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