What even is this super food that everyone is going on and on about?! Well, according to WebMD, kale is one of the healthiest veggies out there. In fact, "One cup of chopped kale contains 33 calories and 9% of the daily value of calcium, 206% of vitamin A, 134% of vitamin C, and a whopping 684% of vitamin K. It is also a good source of minerals copper, potassium, iron, manganese, and phosphorus" (source)
So, while we were at the grocery store the other day, I decided to grab a little bundle and try it out. And I was pleasantly surprised. Of course, I made chips with the leaves since that seemed the easiest way to try the kale.
To make these crunchy little treats, I just removed the stems from the leaves and tore the leaves into medium-large pieces.
Wash them thoroughly and dry them well to prevent them from being soggy.
I used probably 1 Tbs of olive oil to massage into the leaves, then sprinkled on a small bit of salt and spread out evenly (read, in one single, not overlapping layer) on a baking sheet and cooked for about 20 minutes at 350.
And I fully intend on grabbing another bunch of these on this week's grocery trip. They were so yummy! I also want to learn new ways to make and enjoy kale around our house, but for now, these kale chips are a good start, I think.
Do you eat kale? How do you like it best? What kinds of leafy greens make an appearance in your diet?
p.s. I also tried this recipe with spinach, but recommend cooking for a little less time since the spinach leaves are a lot more flat than kale. Still good though. :)