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Friday, January 30, 2015

FOOD FOR THE WEEKEND: Homemade Crispy Kale Chips Recipe

 - This was originally posted about three years ago.  With the Super Bowl being this weekend, I thought it may be good to give you a good idea for a healthy game-day snack.

Just about everyone loves that familiar crispy, salty crunch of a chip, cookie or cracker, but we all know most of that stuff isn't very healthy. Wouldn't it be great if a crispy snack existed that satisfied your cravings while providing you with many essential nutrients and none of the bad stuff?? Look no further! That's right, the green garnish you usually see under your shrimp or fruit at fancy restaurants is edible, and actually quite delicious!  It's got a name, and it's KALE. Give this recipe a shot, you may be surprised at how good it is. It's super easy and only takes about 2 minutes of preparation and 10 minutes of cook time in the oven.

What you will need:
  • 2 Tablespoons of Olive Oil
  • 1 Bunch of Kale
  • Salt & Pepper to taste (and whatever other spices you're in the mood for)
  • Bowl
  • Oven-safe pan or dish
  • Turn the oven on to about 350 degrees (I don't even wait for it to preheat, just pop them in when you're done mixing in the oil)
  • Rinse Kale, shake off excess water 
  • Tear the Kale into "chip-size" pieces, put into a bowl
  • Drizzle oil on Kale
  • Sprinkle on the Spices
  • Mix so each piece is coated with oil
  • Spread evenly onto oven-safe dish
  • Bake until crispy (about 10-12 minutes)
  • Check on them about halfway through and flip them over to cook them evenly
  • Leaves should turn dark green. They're done when the edges are crispy and the middle is no longer soft
  • Let them cool for a couple of minutes, then chow down!

    Nutrition Facts:

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    Fun Fact:  Kale is one of the most nutrient dense foods in existence!


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