My sister asked me to come up with some good, nutritious, and easy snack ideas. The first thing that came to mind was kale chips. I know that they are all the fad right now, until I made them I’ve never actually ate them before. And, one day I bought a bag and I was thoroughly disappointed. Not only were they crazy expensive, but they tasted processed and I couldn’t even tell that I was eating kale. So, I have been making them ever since and they are one of my favorite snacks, sometimes a sheet pan of kale chips is my meal. Give me kale chips and a glass of red wine, and I’m a very happy woman! They satisfy my chip fix. I’m a salty, chip kind of gal. And, they take care of that craving for me. I have also experimented with all kinds of ingredients: smoked paprika and curry; cajun spice ; sea salt and vinegar; and sea salt and lemon juice.
You can experiment with any seasonings and flavors. Be creative! The only thing to remember is not to saturate the kale leaves with oil or other liquid, they will become soggy. You can try to store them in an airtight container for the next day, but it’s very difficult because they are so addictive. I’m never successful. And, you never have to feel guilty about eating a head of kale. You can control the amount of oil and salt you add.
1 head of kale
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 teaspoon garlic powder
2 teaspoons flax seeds
1 teaspoon sea salt
Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
Lay several sheets of paper towels on a cutting board or on a counter.
Shake excess water off the kale leaves and lay on the paper towels in a single layer.
Take several more sheets of paper towels and blot the kale leaves very well, pressing firmly.
Make sure they are dry as you can get them.
Tear large pieces of the leaves and put them in a medium mixing bowl.
Add olive oil, garlic powder, flax seeds, and salt.
Mix well (I use my hands). Make sure that each leaf is coated with all of the ingredients.
Taste a leaf or two and check the seasonings, adjust if necessary.
Pour the kale onto the prepared sheet pan.
Bake for 12-15 minutes.
They are so delicious, it is very difficult to not eat the whole sheet pan!