Happy (Healthy) April Fool's Day!Today is April 1st. The recipe I am publishing might be just the perfect way to “fool” someone into eating an extra serving of vegetables!
I wrote yesterday about my escapades while making a green smoothie after purchasing a huge bag of kale. The same day I bought my fresh kale, I was also nearly tempted to buy a new snack: a big bag of dried kale chips. I refrained, as I wasn't even sure my family would eat them, and it seemed like it would be easy to make my own.
A little while ago I “pinned” a Kale Chips recipe from Angela Liddon's blog Oh She Glows on my “Cook!” Pinterest board. With most of a huge bag of fresh kale still in my fridge, it was the perfect time to make some kale chips, and see if we even like them!
Angela's recipe was easy to follow, and the kale chips turned out well following her advice. I made two batches - one just with salt, and the other using her spice recipe. We liked
The kale does shrink up quite a bit when it bakes, so be sure to start off with a larger quantity of kale than the finished amount that you want to produce. It takes a minimal amount of olive oil to coat the leaves, so this snack really is very healthy.
Like Angela, I used parchment paper to line my trays, so the chips didn't stick at all. Be sure to follow all of Angela's other excellent tips for making these as well.
I think it would be best to use bigger pieces of kale than the chopped up ones that I had; the finished pieces were pretty small and hard to pick up and nibble on.
|This is the amount of kale chips that I was able to make from four cookie sheets of kale.|
We really did like the flavor of this snack, and it is certainly healthier than most chips you buy. We had an open bag of nacho chips at the same time though, and I did notice it disappeared far quicker than my kale chips!
Have you ever tried Kale Chips? Do you prefer homemade or store-bought?
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