Saturday, January 5, 2013

[dino] kale chips!

a real hit at parties! wooo

I realize that kale chips have been cool for a couple of years already... but to be perfectly honest, I hadn't tried one until a few weeks ago. I don't skimp on good food usually (local, organic, fresh, etc) but something about a $7 price tag on a small box of kale chips doesn't sit well. So for the past few years, I've just passed them by in the grocery stores, thinking I would just make them myself for less than $1 (three years later).

I was inspired this time because I bought two gigantic bunches of kale from Whole Foods because they were on sale and I can't resist kaaale. I ended up bringing these to a party and they were surprisingly a huge hit. One guy had to put them far away from him because he was going to eat the whole bowl! Pretty sweet. Enjoy!


-lacinato (dino) kale (stems removed, ripped into chip-sized pieces--that, my friend, is up to you)
-coconut oil (warmed, so it can be easily spread on baking sheet)
-cayenne pepper
-nutritional yeast
-ground flax seeds
-sea salt (just a sprinkle)

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Spread coconut oil on baking sheet. Rip kale pieces and place on sheet, making sure that they are not crowded. Use more than one baking sheet or make a few batches. Sprinkle nutritional yeast, cayenne pepper, and flax onto kale. If you are up for it, use your hands (washed) to massage the oil, and toppings into the kale. Separate pieces. Place in oven for 7-10 minutes. (Make sure that they are crispy and pop off the baking sheet easily, if not, leave them in for another few minutes). Transfer to a bowl and enjoy!

Play around with toppings. I used nutritional yeast because it gives it a nice nutty, almost cheesy, flavor and is packed with B vitamins, protein, and fiber. I added cayenne for a little kick, and flax for a little added omega-3 fat and fiber.

crispy (not burned) and pop off baking sheet.  perfection.

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