Mama’s Munchies: Kale Chips

One of the hardest things to modify when moving toward making more healthy eating choices is snack foods.  We all love a little something crunchy, salty, or sweet, and unfortunately, most foods that fit that profile aren’t very good for us.

Enter kale.  Kale is part of the cabbage family, is in-season in fall and winter, and is one of the most nutrient dense foods you can eat.  On it’s own, it’s a little bitter, and can be an acquired taste.  Baked up in the oven, though, and you’ve got a great, crunchy little snack.

Here’s how to make kale “chips”:

You’ll need:

  • 1 Bunch Kale
  • 1 Tbsp Olive Oil
  • Salt and Pepper, to taste
  • For sweet – 1 tsp brown sugar
  • For savory – garlic powder

Steps:

  • Preheat oven to 300 degrees
  • Tear the leaves of the kale into large, chip-size pieces (it will shrink up in the oven).
  • Clean leaves, and place in a large bowl.
  • Toss with the tbsp of olive oil.
  • Spread kale on parchment-lined baking sheets in a single layer.
  • Sprinkle with salt, pepper, and brown sugar or garlic.
  • Bake in the oven for 30 minutes, or until crisp.  I like to check and toss the kale every 10 minutes or so.
  • Enjoy!

If you’re not able to eat all of the kale right away, store it in brown paper bag. This will help keep it crispy for a few days.

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