A Kale chips recipe? Kale chips? WTF are those?
If you share those exact thoughts i did when i first heard about them then read on my friend, because you are in for one hell of a treat. I remember the first time i tried the kale chips recipe, i thought to myself “OMG! What have i been missing?”.
I had discovered something massively satisfying and tasty that i could snack on whilst benefiting from the ‘nutritional power punch’ it provides.
Just one cup of Kale provides huge amounts of:
Vitamin A, Vitamin K, Vitamin C (more than an orange), Vitamin B6, Manganese, Calcium, Copper, Potassium, Magnesium, Vitamin B1 (Thiamin), Vitamin B2 (Riboflavin), Vitamin B3 (Niacin), Iron and Phosphorus.
We don’t eat anywhere near as much leaves as we perhaps should today, some people eat none at all. It has been suggested that our ancestors from the time of the hunter gatherer would have moved around grazing on up to two carrier bags full of leaves each day.
Today we are more accustomed to fine tasting foods packed with flavour, so eating two bags full of leaves just doesn’t seem that appealing to the majority. We prepare food based on enjoyment as well as it’s nutritional value, and rightly so. We have earned the right to do this after developing our cooking and food preparation knowledge over many generations.
So how can we get more leaf type foods in our diets today, and how can we make it more interesting and tasty as apposed to eating it raw all the time? The answer lies with oven baked kale chips recipe and a little bit of personal invention!
Kale Chips Recipe Ingredients
- Bunch of kale leaves
- Olive oil (approx. 1 tablespoon) or spray
- 1 tablespoon seasoned salt
You can be as innovative as you like. Experiment with different flavours to find the perfect baked kale chips for you.
My personal favourite is:
- Nandos peri salt
- Black pepper
- Powdered ginger
- Preheat an oven to 300 degrees F (175 degrees C). Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Foil works too if thats all you have.
- Separate the leaves from the stems. Wash the leaves and dry them thoroughly. You don’t need to dispose of the stems, you could save them for smoothies or stews.
- add the leaves to the baking tray evenly spreading them out.
- Apply olive oil or melted coconut oil and mix across all the leaves with your hands.
- Apply your seasoning and again thoroughly mix it through all the kale leaves.
- Bake for approximately 10-15 minutes until the leaves are brown but not burnt.
- Check and toss the leaves around every 5 minutes to ensure even exposure.
- The kale will begin to look shrunken, this is normal as it becomes dehydrated.
- Leave to rest for a few minutes once removed from the oven.
Serve and Enjoy the Baked Kale Chips Recipe.