Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Recipe: Crispy Kale Chips

Kale is one of the healthiest greens out there. It provides a truckload of nutrition including high levels of Vitamin A (for healthy vision), Vitamin C (boosting your immune system), Vitamin K (for bone health and regulating blood sugar levels) and Vitamin B6 (for proper brain development and function). Adding kale to your diet may just be the best decision you'll make. It is packed with fiber, low in calorie, low carbs and fat-free! One serving contains only 30 calories but provides twice the recommended daily intake of vitamins and minerals. If it's for weight loss, by all means... give me kale all day every day!

Honestly, I didn't like raw kale in fresh salad. It leaves a strong, bitter taste in my mouth. Although you can find ways to offset the bitterness like juicing or turning it into chips for snacking. Making your own kale chips at home is much cheaper and better than those tiny bags you find at the store. I got a bunch of kale for PHP38 ($0.75) at my local store, enough to feed me and my sister.

Prep time: 10 minutes
Bake time: 15 minutes
Total time: 25 minutes
Makes: 1 serving

1 large bundle of kale
1 tbsp olive oil
1/2 tsp garlic powder
1/2 tsp sea salt

Wash the kale and tear them into small pieces discarding the large stem.

Make sure the leaves are completely dry or else they will end up soggy. This is very important!

Preheat your oven to the desired temperature. I do mine on 300ยบ F. Be careful with the temperature as you may overcook or undercook the kale leaves. See what works best in your oven. I burned my first batch! Huhu. Anyway...

Transfer your dry kale to a salad bowl and drizzle with olive oil, garlic powder and salt using your hands to distribute the seasonings evenly.

Take your parchment-lined baking sheet and spread out the leaves giving enough room to help them crisp while baking.

Bake for 10 minutes, then toss the leaves and put it back in the oven for another 5 minutes. You want your kale crispy, not burnt.

Remove from the oven and let cool until they can be eaten.

These are so good! Not bitter at all! You can add different seasonings like parmesan cheese, chili powder and cayenne. For leftovers, you can put them in a plastic bag or tightly sealed container. Enjoy your healthy, vegan snack!


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