Kale? Gross!

October 22, 2012 — 6 Comments

Kale is all the rage right now. Nutritionists are encouraging you to throw it in your soup, add it to a stir-fry, or cuddle up beside it on the couch while you catch up on your favourite TV series. I mean, why not? Kale is so good for you that even being around it for prolonged periods of time must have some benefit, right?

The thing is… I don’t like kale very much.

I’ve tried it. Several times. I wouldn’t knock it until I had a least given it a shot. So I did, and quite frankly, no. However I was determined to fit this “superfood” into my diet somehow.

First things, first though. What makes kale so good for you?

If the food world was Metropolis, kale would be Superman. This rather cool-looking, yet not-so-wonderfully tasting food, packs a ton of nutrients for its punch. We’re talking like vision aid, improvements with immunity, cancer protection, and of course being a source of fiber to help with digestion. Proper digestion totally helps out with weight loss if that’s your thing! (FYI.)

But how do you make it taste good?

I was ever-so-fortunate enough to stumble upon a wicked recipe in my new book Practical Paleo by Diane Sanfilippo. Even though recipes for kale chips are everywhere I never gave them much attention until I figured it was time to give one last chance for justification. I’m so glad I did. Try them out for yourself as proof. Here’s what you need:

Kale (As much as you want.)

Healthy Oil (Coconut, Olive, etc.)

½ tsp Garlic Powder (If you want.)

Salt & Pepper (To taste.)

That’s it boys and girls. Easy and to the point. That’s what makes these chips so great. They’re healthy, they require very little time to prepare, and you don’t even realize that you’re eating kale!

You want to start off by preheating your oven to 350 degrees Celsius.

Rinse off your kale and pat it dry with a paper towel, or cloth of your choice. Rip off the leaves but not too small! They shrivel up quite a bit when you bake them. Start hoarding the ripped off kale in a bowl and once finished massage a bit of oil (gently!) into the leaves.

Arrange the kale nicely onto a baking sheet. I like to draw pictures with mine, but that’s totally optional. Sprinkle it all with garlic powder, salt, and pepper.

Bake for 10-15 minutes. If you smell burning then you’ve gone too long (unless you’re into that sort of thing, in which case, good job). And that’s that – a very quick and very easy recipe to impress some friends at your next get together.

To be honest though, there’s not only one way to make kale chips. People are always trying different herbs and spices to see what sort of final product they can muster up. The trick is to find one you really like, and then try to find another one you really like. Heck, don’t even stop there. Just keep going and finding combinations that you love.

Have you tried making kale chips before? What’s your favourite combo?

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6 responses to Kale? Gross!

  1. 

    I actually made kale chips last month, I was a little hesitant about it too. But I was very surprised at how crispy they came out. I just made mine with a little olive oil and salt. Next time I definitely want to try them with garlic powder or make a batch and sprinkle some parmesan cheese on them.

    • 

      Adding cheese is a popular idea too. For some reason it’s unappetizing to me though. You’ll have to let me know how it goes.

      I also didn’t expect them to be as crispy as they turned out to be. A shockingly tasty surprise. Thanks for reading!

  2. 

    I toss mine in olive oil and red wine vinegar, and then sprinkle with sea salt. Although next time I’m thinking of swapping the vinegar for fresh lime juice and cracked black pepper :)

    • 

      Red wine vinegar sounds good. I’ll have to try that. It’s not too tangy?

      Cracked black pepper sounds perfect though. That added to anything makes a mean combo.

      Thanks for the read!

  3. 

    Making kale chips has been on my to-do list for a while, but I haven’t actually baked any yet. I use kale in my soups and protein smoothies, but I’ve never tried it “straight up.”

    • 

      I think it’s one of those things that everyone wants to try but never gets around to actually doing it haha. I’ve tried soups and smoothies but I can’t do it. To make myself happy I just stick with spinach. =D

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