Monday, July 29

cheap eats [kale chips]

I wish there was more to this than there is. Really, kale chips are the easiest thing in the world to make. If anything, maybe this post will inspire someone else who was putting off giving it a try by showing how truly simple it is.

Wash and dry your head of kale, then rip it into 2"pieces. Similarly to roasting other vegetables, like potatoes, you want the kale pretty dry so they crisp up. I used a VERY little bit of olive oil, and the second time I made them I just sprayed them down with Trader Joe's coconut oil. Heaven in a aerosol.
Whichever you prefer, toss or mist your kale with some oil, and throw some salt and pepper in there for good measure (just a teaspoon please, this is supposed to be healthy). Bake for 20 minutes at 300 degrees, flip, and bake for 15 more and you are donezo. Take a picture for insta and start eating. I squeezed some fresh lemon juice on mine after, just for a little kick, and there are some really fantastic sounding variations out there, mainly by using an added spice or mixing a flavor in with your oil. Here are some ideas from Martha to get you started:

  • Kale Chips with Kick: Add a teaspoon or two of Sriracha sauce to the oil before tossing with kale and baking.
  • Lemon Zest Kale Chips: Finely grate lemon zest over the kale chips as soon as they come out of the oven.
  • Soy Sauce-Kale Chips: Replace half the oil with soy sauce, and cut back on salt, for some savory, umami flavor.
  • Double-Healthy Kale Chips: Sprinkle with nutrient-rich nutritional yeast. (Okay, this one might be veering back into the "hippie food" category, but trust us, it's delicious! The chips taste nice and cheesy)
  • Chile-Lime Kale Chips: Mix a bit of chile powder in with the salt, squeeze lime juice over kale chips when they're hot out of the oven.
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