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Kale Chips


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Kale

What is Kale?

I mean I’ve heard of it, but what exactly is it?  What do you do with Kale???

Here lately Kale Chips have become the new rage.  A healthy substitute for chips.  Crispy, crunchy, delectable Kale Chips.

My attention was caught and I had to have some, I had to know more about this healthy {chip}!

First I went out and bought a bundle of Kale at the grocery.  Then I found a recipe for Kale chips.  After baking them I turned them over to my test kitchen, my family who are the hardest critics of all!  I stood there with my fingers crossed and surprisingly my two-year-old loves them, my boys ate them….my husband even liked them.  How have I not heard of Kale chips before?  I didn’t even have to trick them by hiding something healthy on their plates or slipping it in as an ingredient.  Nope, they heard “chip” and went after them…and liked them!

Realizing that they indeed are quite tasty and eatable,  I decided to broaden my research.

FACTS:

Did you know that Kale is a form of cabbage?  It’s in the same family as broccoli, cauliflower, brussels sprouts and collard/mustard greens.

Also it has great nutritional value.  Here’s what I got off of  Wikipedia:
“Kale is very high in beta carotene, vitamin K, vitamin C, lutein, zeaxanthin, and reasonably rich in calcium. Kale, as with broccoli and other brassicas, contains sulforaphane (particularly when chopped or minced), a chemical with potent anti-cancer properties.   Boiling decreases the level of sulforaphane; however, steaming, microwaving, or stir frying do not result in significant loss.  Along with other brassica vegetables, kale is also a source of indole-3-carbinol, a chemical which boosts DNA repair in cells and appears to block the growth of cancer cells. Kale is also a good source of carotenoids

Are any of you as astonished by this as I am?  I’m adding Kale to every dish!!! 

I would like to warn you that too much of anything can turn bad….Kale is a green and like any green it can get your pipes moving swiftly ;-)

Since the Kale chips were a big success I thought I’d share how I made them with you!

KALE CHIPS

  • 1 bunch of Kale
  • sea salt
  • lemon
  • olive oil

First I washed the Kale and took the stems off.  This requires you to pull the stem off all the way through the leaf.  Then I tore the leaf into bite size pieces.  I placed the kale in a large bowl and drizzled with Olive Oil (not too much because it can make them soggy), I was very lean on the oil only adding a little bit at a time and then tossing.  I then squeezed 1/2 lemon on the leafs and tossed again.  I placed 1/3 of the kale on a baking sheet and sprinkled with sea salt.  Bake at 350 until leafs are crispy (this will require you opening the oven and tossing the leafs around a few times) from 8-15 mins or so, maybe longer depending on how many leafs you put on your pan.  I repeated the baking process with the rest of the kale and voilà KALE CHIPIES!

Hope you all enjoyed learning about Kale.  There are a lot more recipes out there that I will be trying.  If you have any of your own we would love to hear about them!  Kale…who knew?

Joy

 

Fact finding sourced by http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kale

 

 

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