Lately everywhere you turn there are ‘healthy’ versions of our favourite pastime snacks. ‘Baked’ chips as opposed to fried, low-fat cheeses, diet pop and more. And now the latest snack we’ve seen on the market (selling for very high prices!) is kale chips. These ‘chips’ are made from the nutrient-dense vegetable that may often be overlooked at the market. We love kale for its sturdy texture and depth of flavour. The leafy green can be cooked without wilting down to nothing, and can take on many flavours, anything from bacon to lemon to garlic.
We’re getting close to the end of the buying season for this vegetable, so get to the market to find your huge head of kale for under $5.
Once the chips are baked to a crisp they keep well in an airtight container for several days of snacking.
You can experiment with flavours too. Fancy sea salt, sliced garlic or even herbs tossed with the kale before baking are options. We’ve even used the chips as a nice crispy garnish. Try it on top of a creamy potato soup, or in a sandwich in place of lettuce.
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Preheat oven to 350;
Tear kale into ‘chip’ size pieces;
Toss with olive oil and salt; kale should be ‘shiny’ looking;
Spread evenly on a baking sheet and bake until crisp, about 15 minutes.
- 1 bunch of kale, washed and dried
- A good drizzling of olive oil (about 3 tablespoons)
- 1/4 tsp or more of kosher salt