Despise greens? Kale chips is a guaranteed way to make you fall in love with greens.
Ever since kale gained its ‘superfood’ status, kale chips has enjoyed the well-deserved popularity. I enjoy kale in this form the most. Move over, potato chips, this crispy, a crunchy snack is here to stay.
It amazes me how something not deep-fried tastes so good! It is super crunchy and so incredibly tasty. I made a big batch of this chips to keep me going while I watch one of my favourite TV shows – My Kitchen Rules.
Before I get to the recipe, here is why kale is considered a powerhouse food. It is one of the most nutritionally dense greens. It is loaded with anti-oxidants, vitamins and minerals. It is in fact it is one of those vegetables that has healthy amounts of Vitamin A, C and K. No, it does not just stop there; kale has the goodness of calcium to keep your bone health in tact. It is a low glycemic food making it perfect for diabetics. Want more? It is a great Omega-3 source for vegetarians.
Several researches suggest that this superfood has cancer fighting and anti-inflammatory properties.
Note: Kale shares its family tree with the likes of cabbage, broccoli and Brussels sprouts. When cooked, you may notice that it has a similar smell to that of the vegetables listed.
- Kale – 1 bunch
- Salt – To taste
- Olive oil/ olive oil spray – Enough to coat the kale leaves
- Paprika/chilli powder – 1 tspn
- Garlic powder – ½ tspn
- Pizza seasoning – To taste
- Remove the kale leaves from its thick stems. Tear them up into small pieces.
- Wash them thoroughly to ensure it is clean.
- On a clean, dry towel, spread the washed kale to dry it out.
- For a quicker alternative, you could run it through the salad spinner to remove the excess water.
- Pre-heat oven at 180*c.
- Once dry, add the kale into a large mixing bowl. Along with it add the salt, garlic powder and olive oil.
- Combine all the ingredients to mix well. Ensure the kale leaves are coated well in the seasoning and oil.
- Line a baking tray with baking paper.
- Spread the seasoned kale leaves on the baking tray.
- Place the tray in the pre heated oven for 12-15 minutes.
- Once done, remove the baking tray from the oven, and allow the chips to cool.
- Before serving, add the remaining ingredients listed under ‘Seasoning’ to the kale chips.
- Serve with dips of your choice or enjoy it as it is.
- The oven temperature and times vary. Adjust it accordingly as you may end up with undercooked or burnt chips.
- Use flavoured, plain or any other oil depending on your preference.
- I’ve used the seasoning that I enjoy my chips with. Use any of your favourite seasonings to make your chips flavourful.
- Sprinkle some parmesan cheese or power, or any other cheese of your liking to make the chips more interesting.