“The first wealth is health.” Ralph Waldo Emerson
So here’s my concern. Whenever I have the word, kale, in the title of a blog post, hordes of people don’t show up. Kale has a bad reputation. My first encounters with kale were less than positive experiences. Raw it was tough and cooked it developed a strong flavor that I didn’t enjoy.
I do enjoy the kale salad recipe invented by my granddaughter, Em, posted January 5. I’ve simplified it by mixing the raw kale on low speed in my Kitchen Aid, adding the grapes, along with a tablespoon or two of dairy free ricotta.
Another way, I stumbled upon, to dress up this salad was to add some slaw from a to-go container that we brought home from a restaurant. Tasty and full of good stuff.
However, I was looking for something a bit easier and on hand. I tend to eat better when healthy food is just a bowl away. Then I remembered kale chips. Yummy!
raw kale, torn into medium to large pieces
Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
Remove the leaves from the stems and tear them into medium to large pieces. Kale shrinks when baked so you don’t want to start with pieces that are too small. Wash the kale pieces and dry them well. I used my trusty salad spinner.
Place the kale pieces into a bowl with the coconut oil. How much, you ask? How much kale are you using? Make sure all the pieces are coated but not too greasy. Finally, sprinkle on some nutritional yeast. This will give the kale a nice salty and cheesy flavor, just like your favorite junk food! I’m here for you.
Place the prepared kale in a single layer on a parchment lined baking pan or two. Bake for about 10 minutes. Check. If they’re not done to your liking, continue baking. Check them every 2 minutes. Do not bake too long. Over-baked kale chips can have a burnt flavor. When kale chips are done they will be crunchy, melt-in-your-mouth delicious.
Bright and Beautiful Kale Chips!
Note of caution: Kale can cause hair loss! OMGoodness. That is, this could happen if you save a few pennies and skip buying organic kale. Kale is a great absorber of whatever is in the soil. Overdeveloped soil, chemically enhanced, can produce chemically enhanced kale. Buy the organic.
The good news: Kale also contains lots of good stuff that makes beautiful skin and other benefits too numerous to mention. Or if I do mention all of them it just might bore you to tears. Interested? Do a little research. That just might keep your deteriorating mind healthy and motivate you to buy some kale.
The chips are delicious!
Loveya – The Grandma
Artist, African hand drum student, yoga neophyte, and Grandmother of 22 or so grandchildren. I enjoy cooking and writing. I value good friends and quiet times for reading.