Kale is a food that I discovered relatively recently and I think it is fabulous! It is such a nutritional powerhouse. According to Web MD, 1 cup of kale has just 36 calories, 5 grams of fiber, 15% of your daily calcium and B6 requirement, along with 180% of your vitamin A, 200% of your vitamin C and 1020% of your vitamin K. What’s not to love about those statistics?
Previously I had used kale in soups and I’d sauteed it as a side dish, but I had never made chips. Well, after finding some good looking kale at the farmer’s market, I decided it was time to give it a try and am I glad that I did! They are sooo good, perfect for snacking on. In fact, after giving them a try, Alex, who’s a little picky about veggies, said I should make them more often…..well, OK.
They are so easy to make, too. Just chop the kale into bite size pieces, toss it with olive oil, salt and pepper and bake. And just to add a little extra flavor, I infused the olive oil with garlic, but they would be perfectly delicious with plain olive oil.
Baked Crispy Garlic Kale Chips
- 1 bunch kale
- 1 clove garlic
- 1 to 2 tbsp olive oil
Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Pour oil into a small skillet over medium low heat. Crush garlic clove and add to skillet. Cook for about 10 minutes to allow garlic to infuse oil. Remove from heat.
While oil is being infused, remove kale from stems and cut into bite size pieces.
Toss kale with olive oil, season with salt and pepper. Spread out on a cookie sheet.
Bake for about 7 minutes. After 7 minutes, check kale, stir and bake for another 2 to 3 minutes until kale is crispy. Cool and start snacking!
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