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Crispy Kale Chips Recipe

Updated on March 26, 2013
Simple kale chips recipe
Simple kale chips recipe | Source

Kale is a healthy snack that many celebrities claim is the key to the fountain of youth. Gwyneth Paltrow, Anne Hathaway and Angelina Jolie all eat kale religiously, and thanks to their endorsement of the product, people buying kale have increased dramatically in recent years. While eating kale is known to be part of a healthy diet, celebrities have it easy when it comes to its preparation: they can afford to hire professional chefs that can whip them up healthy foods containing kale. What about the rest of us who aren’t so lucky, how are we supposed to eat our kale? The solution is simple: Kale chips!


Kale chips are fast and easy to make. As a bonus, they are also really delicious. Kale chips are a wonderful and healthy alternative to greasy potato chips. Best of all if you make your own kale chips at home, which means that you will be saving yourself a ton of money. A bag of organic kale chips purchased at the store cost about 8 dollars per bag, but homemade kale chips should only cost about 2 dollars to purchase all of the necessary ingredients.

The Health Benefits of Kale

It would be an understatement to say that kale is a healthy vegetable: in fact it’s one of the healthiest vegetables you can find! Kale is a healthy food for a variety of reasons. For one, it is high in fiber and it’s free of fat and cholesterol. It’s also jam packed with vitamins and minerals: it has high amounts of calcium, iron and vitamin A, C and K. Kale is high in carotenoid and flavonoid compounds which means it’s a great antioxidant that helps prevent aging and fight cancer. Kale is known to be great for the body’s organs as well: it helps the heart and liver functions and helps cleanse the body of toxins. People on diets often rely on kale for it’s ability to fight fat, help the body detox and give people a hearty boost of energy. For healthy living, kale is one of the best vegetables that you can eat.

5 stars from 2 ratings of Crispy Kale Chips

Cook Time

Prep time: 5 min
Cook time: 10 min
Ready in: 15 min
Yields: Serves 2 to 4 people

Ingredients

  • 1 head of kale
  • 4 tablespoons olive oil
  • ½ teaspoon sea salt
  • ½ teaspoon garlic powder, (optional)
Wash and dry your kale leaves
Wash and dry your kale leaves | Source
Bake Kale at 350 degrees on a non stick pan
Bake Kale at 350 degrees on a non stick pan | Source

Instructions

  1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Wash and dry the kale leaves well, making sure that you have removed all the water. Separate the kale from the stems. Discard the stems. Then break each leaf into several parts, so that you have pieces that are the size of potato chips. Put the kale in a bowl and add the olive oil. Toss the greens so that they are evenly coated with the oil. Then place them on a non-stick pan making sure to spread them flat so that they cook evenly. Sprinkle the sea salt and garlic powder on top of the kale leaves. Then, place them in the oven. Allow them to bake at 350 degrees for about 10 to 15 minutes. You will know they are ready when the edges of the chips start to turn brown. When they are done, the chips should be crispy to the touch. Make sure you don’t overcook them!
  2. Remove the chips from the oven, and scrape them off the tray with a spatula. Place them in a bowl. They are ready to eat immediately. Enjoy the chips!

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    • TheKatsMeow profile imageAUTHOR

      TheKatsMeow 

      5 years ago from Canada

      @VirginiaLynne thanks so much for stopping by and commenting! If you have never tried Kale chips, you are in for a treat :) It's my favorite way to eat Kale.

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      Virginia Kearney 

      5 years ago from United States

      Yum--I eat Kale in salads but love different sorts of chips. I'm going to buy some Kale and try this the next time I'm at the store. Voted up and pinned!

    • TheKatsMeow profile imageAUTHOR

      TheKatsMeow 

      5 years ago from Canada

      Thanks everyone for the comments! It's so easy to make and it's really healthy, I hope you all get a chance to enjoy Kale chips :)

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      dellea 

      5 years ago

      What a great idea! My wife usually has kale on-hand for using as a base in fruit smoothies, and it's pretty good in them... but I know she hasn't thought of this yet. Thank you for sharing!

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      Wendy Golden 

      5 years ago from New York

      I cannot believe I stumbled upon this hub. I love, love, love kale. I especially love the dried kale snacks that they sell in the store, but they charge an arm and a leg for a few ounces of dried kale. I hadn't really thought much about making it by myself, but now that I know it's so easy - I am going to make my own. Thank you! Voted up.

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      Lisa Brown 

      5 years ago from Michigan

      I'm going start getting kale when I buy my veggies because it lasts longer than lettuce, and I always want to have a salad. I'll still use all different kinds of lettuce and spinach, but I'll add the kale. Now that I'm going to have it on hand all of the time I will be baking these chips with the olive oil, salt and garlic. They sound so good.

      Thanks,

      Lisa

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      Glenn Stok 

      5 years ago from Long Island, NY

      I discovered Kale about a year ago and have been using it ever since. I make mashed potatoes with Kale mixed in. I also just use it as a vegetable side dish at times. I like this idea of yours, making crispy Kale chips. I'm going to have to give that a try, and looking forward to it. Sounds tasty. And definitely easy and quick to make.

      By the way, congratulations on your wonderful interview in this weeks HubPages weekly.

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