All Hail to Kale!
Kale is a member of the vegetable elite - high in beta carotene, vitamin K, vitamin C, lutein, zeaxanthin, and reasonably rich in calcium. It also contains anti-cancer properties. Knowing how healthy it is my daughter and I set off today to make the increasingly popular kale chips. And I have to say we were pleased! While they have a unique smell when they cook, my daughters were elated to find they taste just like chips. And honestly they are easy to make as they are to get your little ones to munch on. They are a great accompaniment to your kids sandwich at lunch or a snack for when you and your kids are hungry in between lunch and dinner! My five year old thought we'd also try them as a topper on our tomato soup at lunch - and it was fantastic! They also store great in air tight containers!
- Bunch of kale
- Olive oil
- Salt, to taste
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
- Hold the thick stem of each kale leaf with one hand and pinch the base with the fingers of other hand and rub them up the stem. The leafs will tear right off.
- Put the kale pieces on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper or silpat (a silicone baking mat)
- Pour on a little olive oil and toss with clean hands. Sprinkle with salt (and pepper if your kids enjoy a little kick)
- Make sure the kale is in a single layer on baking sheet.
- Bake at 350 degrees for 12 to 14 minutes or until crisp keeping an eye on the chips in case they start to burn.
- & ENJOY!-