Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Yum Yum: Kale Chips

You all know how much I love food but how much I hate eating healthy. I found a good compromise with kale chips: take something healthy and trick it into becoming a snack food!
Some claim they taste just like a potato chip. Those people are wrong. Sure, kale chips are crunchy but let's call a spade a spade -- or a veggie a veggie. Despite the olive oil and seasonings, they still taste vaguely broccoli-like. But they're very light and thin and you can force yourself to eat them without thinking too much about it.
They're super easy to make.

Preheat oven to 300 degrees. Start with a clean and dry bunch of kale.

Tear leaves off the stems and into chip-size pieces. Toss in a little bit of olive until leaves are coated. Sprinkle with salt and seasonings. Some ideas:

  • Cayenne pepper, onion powder
  • Italian seasoning, garlic powder, grated parmesan
  • Cajun seasoning 
  • Curry powder, garlic powder and a pinch of sugar
  • Fresh rosemary, garlic salt, red pepper flakes
  • Cinnamon and sugar

Spread out on foil-lined baking pan. Or if you actually own REAL kitchen supplies, lay on a wire rack over a baking sheet. Bake for 13 minutes.

Dump into bowl and leave it on your counter to snack on all day.

"Pro" Tips: 
  1. Don't be shocked by how little chips you end up with after baking. You've never seen such shriveling! (That's what she said.)
  2. Use the cayenne pepper sparingly. I over-seasoned and they are pretty spicy. Now I can't trick L.E. into eating them.
  3. Check them at 10 minutes. If they burn, they taste really horrible. You can pull them out of the oven when they're still slightly wiggly. They should crisp up shortly.
  4. If you have an olive oil mister, that will work in getting the leaves lightly coated.
Congratulations. You're eating a vegetable that's delicious!


  1. Uh-oh, not sure about this but we'll give it a try. :D

    1. Yeah, I was skeptical too. But I had to try them!

  2. I love kale! I'm going to have to try this - maybe my daughter will even eat it. :)

    1. Make sure you eat them quickly. I let them sit out for a few days and they got really dry. Enjoy!