People are always asking me for recipes via twitter, so I figured I’d post the (ridiculously simple) process of making my favourite snack: kale chips.
I know that a lot of you think that kale is really gross, but let me tell you some facts: One cup of kale contains 36 calories, 5 grams of fiber, and 15% of the daily requirement of calcium and vitamin B6, 40% of magnesium, 180% of vitamin A, 200% of vitamin C, and 1020% of vitamin K. It’s also a good source of minerals like copper, potassium, iron, manganese, and phosphorus. This stuff is so good for you, and when you bake it, it tastes like the most heavenly substance on Earth.
Do you ever O.D. on potato chips and then spend the next hour weeping and clutching your guts in the fetal position, moaning about how you’ve made a terrible mistake? I just made a bunch’s worth of kale chips, and I’m ready for another 3 rounds. I could eat like a pound of these and still feel good enough to fight a troll. They are super light and surprisingly flavourful. They taste absolutely nothing like greens, so even veggie-haters can dig ’em. Finally- they are super easy to make, which is perfect because when I’m fiending a snack, I want the creation process to be as quick and painless as possible.
You will need:
☥ Extra Virgin Olive Oil (E.V.O.O.)
☥ Large bowl
☥ Baking pan
☥ Special Helper Optional
☥ Get yourself some kale. Wash it, clip the ends of the stalks with scissors and store it upright in a container of water in the fridge until you’re ready to use it. Pat the leaves with a paper towel to make sure they’re pretty dry.
☥ Pre-heat the oven to 185°C/375°F and remove the central vein from the kale with a knife. Tear your kale up into salad-sized pieces and put them in your big bowl.
☥ Drizzle some E.V.O.O. on the kale. You can mix it with your hands, but I always make a giant mess when I do that, so I’ve come to use tongs. Spread the pieces out on your baking sheet, not too close together, but not too far apart. Sprinkle however much salt you want on them. At this point, you can also top them with cayenne, parmesan, cumin, or whatever other spices you’re feeling. They can be flavoured any way you want! Stick those babies in the oven and wait for 12-15 minutes.
☥ In the meantime, check on your Special Helper, without whose help, you’d never get this difficult task done! My Special Helper is Nicolas Cage, my cat.
☥ Nicolas Cage is always hissing at the neighbour’s cats, because she is a grouch.
☥ Take your chips out of the oven and they should be crispy and delicious! They are much more frail than regular potato chips, so they’ll crumble if you’re not careful. Go ahead. Put one in your mouth. It’s like eating crunchy, savory air.
If you’re like me, you might want to double-check that you’ve turned the stove off. A word of caution- you’ll want to brush your teeth after eating these if you plan on going out somewhere afterwards. These things get stuck in your teeth like it’s nobody’s business. And that’s it! Go forth and make your own snacks. Share them with your friends. Say no to crappy corner-store food. Give your body something that is not slowly giving you cancer.
And as always, be good to each other.