Great decision! You bought a beautiful bunch of kale, now you need to figure out how to serve it to your family. Kale chips is certainly one option.
Warning: Once you get hooked on kale chips, the whole batch will disappear quickly!!!
Just thinking about baking kale chips makes me smile! I really do get excited when I see a fresh bunch of organic kale at the local grocery or local co-op! I can hardly wait to get home and add some to my salad, through a little in a soup AND bake a batch of kale chips.
The best part is kale chips are inexpensive and easy to make at home. I have been successful with this method of baking them.
- Preheat your oven to 300°.
- Wash & dry a bunch of organic kale.
- Line baking sheets with unbleached parchment paper.
- Tear the kale off the stem. The smaller the pieces the better.
- Even spread the kale on the lined baking sheets.
- In a saucepan, melt 3-4 T. of coconut oil. Add your seasonings. We like 1 tsp. Turmeric & 1/2 tsp. Cayenne pepper with a sprinkling of Real Salt.
- Bake for 15-20 minutes, stirring them every 5 min. Once they are crispy remove from the oven. I turn my oven fan on which increases circulation while baking. The baking time will vary depending on the freshness of your kale and the variety you are baking. Watch them carefully.
- Place baking sheets on a cooling rack. Once cool, store in an airtight container. I store mine in the refrigerator & they can last several weeks. Enjoy!!!
Another added bonus, nothing goes to waste. My dog loves kale stems! I treat him with a few stems while I am preparing the kale chips & the rest of the stems go in the freezer for future treats.
Types of Kale:
I have used Curly Kale, Redbor Kale, & Lacinto Kale. Our favorite is green Curly Kale. I am delighted to find any of the kale varieties.
What’s all the Excitement over Kale?
I was always taught the deeper the color of the vegetable, the more nutrient dense it is for the body.
- an anti-oxidant food.
- rich in vitamins like Vitamin C, K and A.
- rich in minerals like iron and potassium.
- anti-inflammatory food.
- a natural de-toxifier.
- valuable source of folate. (Which makes it an excellent food for expecting mothers, as it aids in brain development.)
- Low in calories; making it an excellent snack & travel food.
- Rich in calcium; 150 mg per 100 grams of kale.
It took my family a couple of times of trying the kale for them to really like it. I had experimented with kale chips seasoned only with Real Salt and fresh ground pepper. Although those were eaten quickly, my daughters especially like the kale chips when I made them spicy. It’s good to exercise patience with friends and family that haven’t fallen in love with kale yet!
Keep buying that kale! I encourage you to try different varieties of kale. You might try seasoning the next batch of kale chips with only sea salt and pepper; chose flavors that your palette enjoys!
Excellent job for buying the kale AND for baking them into a terrific snack food!