04 March 2010

The One with the Kale

This is what I get for figuring out how to add multiple vegetarian and eat-clean blogs to my Google Reader. It seems like everyone is posting lately about their new favorite snack, and it intrigued me.
I mean, seriously. Who in their right mind would ever stand in front of the leafy greens in the produce section and think, "Oh man, I just have to take those home and see what they can do in the oven!"
But based on all the reviews, I decided to give it a try.
It, being Kale Chips. Yes. I voluntarily roasted a member of the cabbage family.
Matt wasn't home. So don't tell him. He already thinks I'm loopy.
Kale Chips
What you need:
1 bunch of kale
1 T olive oil
1 T apple cider vinegar or rice vinegar
sea salt
Preheat the oven to 400. Cut the kale leaves off the stems and tear them into bite-size pieces. Throw the stems away...they're not so good cooked.
Put all the leaves into a gallon zip-lock bag with the oil and vinegar. Toss it around to coat all the leaves.
Spread the oil-and-vinegar leaves in a single layer on a baking sheet. It's important they are in a single layer, or else they won't crisp. Sprinkle them with sea salt.
Bake for 10-11 minutes, then take out of the oven and let sit for one minute.
I was skeptical to the point of being very happy to see that each kale bunch was only .99 at the store in case this recipe would turn out to be a total waste. However, after making these weird looking things, I think I've found a new favorite snack. They have that great salt-and-vinegar taste and crunch exactly like potato chips...yet I'm getting a full serving of veggies in, too. Bonus.
Knuke apparently thought so too. I didn't get them in an air-tight container fast enough, and the silly dog licked up 1/4 of the tray before I could run into the kitchen and tackle him.
Tackling is just about the only way I can control that big oaf anymore. He's taller than me. Which, if you ask my husband, isn't really saying a lot.
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RCW said...

Yum! I'll have to try that. Hope Knuke doesn't have green poopies now.

Rebekah Williams said...

Look at your darling blog, Baseball Wife!

Okay, so, Kale Chips??!!

Seriously--gonna try these. They actually look yummy, and as a bonus, they break none of the "Food Rules".