Thursday, November 15, 2012
Easy Kale Chips 3 Ways: The Best Kale Chip Recipes EVER
Kale's one the healthiest vegetables on the planet. Devour ONE CUP and you'll consume a mere 36 calories while gaining 5 grams of fiber, 15% of your daily calcium requirement, vitamin B6, 40% magnesium, 180% of vitamin A, 200% of vitamin C, 1,020% (!) of vitamin K, copper, potassium, iron, and phosphorus. This recipe contains TWO cups of health-promoting goodness and it tastes better than Pringles. Forget chips, you have a new lover with a satisfying crunch that'll treat your body good. Oh baby. Let's get to it!
Equipment: dehydrator or a toaster oven/conventional oven, salad spinner is optional
Shopping List: 2 cups of kale + Cheesy Chips: 2 cups cashews, 2 lemons, garlic, pepper. Classic: olive oil, salt. Yeasty: nutritional yeast, garlic, olive oil, tamari/soy sauce or liquid aminos, vinegar. Sesame oil is optional.
Step 1: Wash your kale (any type, I use curly) thoroughly. You don't want gritty dirt ruining the magic when bite into your crisp chip perfection. Dry the leaves with a salad spinner or shake dry.
Dressing Choices: Use nutritional yeast dressing for savory yeasty chips, cashew "cheese" for cheesy chips, or 1 tablespoon of olive oil (max) per 2 cups of kale chips with salt to taste for classic chips.
Step 2: Thoroughly coat 2 cups of kale chips with 2 tablespoons of your desired dressing. Use 1 tablespoon of olive oil per 2 cups of kale for classic chips.
Optional: Sprinkle nutritional yeast flakes on top of your chips for added crunch, delicious cheesy flavor, and a B vitamin boost.
Step 3: Spread your chips evenly on your dehydrator tray or baking sheet if you're using a toaster or conventional oven. I prefer to use a dehydrator it's fast, easy (no pre-heating), and preserves more nutrients than baking. It takes one to two hours for your chips to dry. Check on your chips every 30 minutes, they're ready when they're bone dry.
Kale Fact: Boasting an incredible amount of calcium, kale is ideal for vegans or the lactose intolerant. The antioxidant vitamins A, C, and K make it an anti-aging, cancer-preventing food!
Step 4: ENJOY! This is a guilt-free and nutrient rich comfort food; it's good for the body and soul. Store them in an airtight jar to preserve the crisp, but they'll be gone before you know it!
Bookmark, pin, and share this recipe! You won't stop at making one batch of these delicious chips. These chips are filling and delicious on their own, but they also add a nice crunch to other recipes. Try these recipes and let me know how you like it- and which one you like best!
What's your favorite way to get more veggies into your diet?