Friday, February 24, 2012

Best kale chip recipe ever

Hi all!

I hope you have been having a lovely spring! It's rainy here in RI today, but here's hoping the weekend weather clears up...

This recipe is great rain or shine though, so we're covered either way :-)

Many of you may have heard of the greatness that is "kale chips," but I'm not sure if you guys have tried it my favorite way. It's really simple and versatile, and largely a hands-off process.

Best Kale Chips Ever (according to me)

  • 1 bag pre-washed and chopped kale
  • Freshly-ground salt (preferably iodized)
  • 1-2 Tbsp neutral oil like my fave canola
  • 1-2 Tbsp nutritional yeast (preferably the vegetarian support formula with B12)

Preheat your oven to 350ºF. Place a single layer of chopped kale onto a jelly roll pan. Sprinkle 1-2 Tbsp of your oil over the kale, distributing as much as possible. You don't want to drown the kale in oil, so start with less and see if you need more.

Now you'll have to get your hands in the kale and "massage" it a little, picking up the kale and doing your best to coat each leaf with a thin layer of the oil you just sprinkled on.

Next, freshly grind some salt over the kale, just a little. The nutritional yeast will be pretty flavorful, so keep the salt to a minimum. Next, sprinkle a bit of nutritional yeast over the kale, trying to coat all the leaves with a fine layer. Try to go for about as much powder per leaf as you see on an individual Dorito chip.

Next, bake for 12 to 15 minutes, or until crispy. If you don't need all of your chips to be crispy, you can probably crowd more kale into the pan, but your best bet for krispy kale is giving them some space.

Note: If you have to watch your sodium, you can definitely leave out the salt. And also, Bragg's nutritional yeast is completely sodium-free. The Red Star brand of yeast I tend to prefer has a little sodium, but not very much. Nevertheless, these chips are way better for you than bagged potato chips, due to an abundance of vitamins A, C, and K, B vitamins, as well as some calcium, iron, folate, potassium, and even omega 3s and antioxidants. And really, they are a pretty satisfying snack. I'd be happy to grab a bowl of these and watch some tv. They've got kind of that savory, salty, Dorito-esque flavor.

However, if nutritional yeast isn't your thing, I've tried these with Spike seasoning and kelp seasoning also, and they're still good. I bet there are lots of spice blends and flavorings that'd be great.

Anyway, enjoy all, and eat in good health!

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