Last week I bought a giant bag of kale for my Veggie Wrap and didn’t even put a dent into it with the amount I used in the wrap. On the back of the bag was a recipe for kale chips. I’ve always been skeptical of kale chips, never really grasping the concept on how a piece of lettuce could possibly turn into something crunchy and chip like. I decided to give it a whirl and see if it was, in fact possible, to turn lettuce into chips. SPOILER ALERT: They really do turn into crunchy chip like pieces!!! Read below to see how I made them.
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. I used my salad spinner to thoroughly wash and dry a bag of kale. Then I picked out the good pieces and threw them into a bowl with 1-2 tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil. Toss the kale with the olive oil being sure that each piece is coated.
Lay the kale out flat on baking sheets covered with foil and sprinkle with parmesan cheese or sea salt (it will get very salty if you use both.) Don’t be afraid to crowd the baking sheet because the leaves shrink A LOT!
Pop in the oven for 10-15 minutes or longer if you want them extra crispy. I started with 10 minutes and then worked my way up depending on how crispy they looked.
After I realized how good these tasted, I wanted to know the benefits of kale. Here’s what I found in an article from the San Francisco Gate:
- Excellent for your eyesight, providing high doses of vitamin A, which helps protect the surface of the eye
- Heart Healthy. Contains no cholesterol or unhealthy saturated or trans fats
- Contains Vitamin C & Vitamin K
- Contains protein
- Low in Calories
My mom and I ate almost everything I made the same night….oops! Why feel guilty though?! They’re good for you!
Let me know how they turn out if you decide to make them.
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