Living the Natural Life

Crispy Crunchy Kale Chips

September 19th, 2012 | Posted by Angela in Eating Real Food | Recipes | Vegan | Vegetarian

I have been hearing so many positive health benefits of kale and have been looking for ways to add it to my families diet.  If you haven’t already heard here are some of the health benefits of kale.  Kale is low in calorie, high in fiber, and has zero fat.   One cup of kale has only 36 calories, 5 grams of fiber and 0 grams of fat.  Kale is high in iron and  vitamins K, A, and C.  It is also high in calcium and filled with antioxidants.   Kale is also a great detox food (I add it to many of my juices) and a great anti-inflammatory food.  It seems that I should have been feeding my family kale way sooner!!

So, I know that kale is great for you but needed to find a way to get my kids to eat it.  I turned to Pinterest and found TONS of kale recipes.  I decided that I would make kale chips for my kids first ‘exposure’ to this amazingly nutritious food.   I was anxious to see if my kids would actually try them and hopeful that they would actually like them.

Kale chips are very easy to make.  All you need is a head of kale, olive oil, and sea salt.  Simply break your kale into pieces while removing the rib.

I placed my pieces from one head of kale into a bowl and rubbed the about 2-3 tablespoons of organic olive oil into the kale.  I then spread them out on a cookie sheet,  I covered my sheet in foil because it looks horrible.


Then you sprinkle with sea salt.  You really want to make sure that you don’t add too much salt because the kale will shrink during cooking.  Place them in the oven at 300 degrees for 20 minutes.  Remove and voila!  Crispy, crunchy kale chips.

I casually placed them as a side dish on my kids dinner plate along with feta pasta and corn.

I served it to them as if we have always eaten them.  I was happy when they all tried them.  One out of three actually ate more than one kale chip.  It seems that they were not huge fans of kale chips.  However, I really enjoyed them and so did my husband.

Now when I make kale chips, for Shane and I, I make extra and then crumble them into whatever dish I am making for the kids.  Our veggie quinoa almost always has added kale now.

Do you have a favorite kale recipe?  I would love it if you would share it in the comment section!!

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