Baked Kale Chips (136/366)

“To invent, you need a good imagination and a pile of junk.”
~ Thomas Edison

 

Okay, not that I’m saying kale is “junk”, but it’s not historically known for being a favorite of kids (or adults) around the world or anything. But recently, a few companies started making this leafy, green, unassuming vegetable into “kale chips”, as a tasty and healthier alternative to chips loaded with starch. Great! Except they were charging $4-$5 an ounce. A bunch of kale is maybe $2 at the super market. Outrageous!  I decided to try making my own.

While baking kale chips should be pretty simple (some olive oil, salt and pepper, bake at 350 degrees, blah blah blah), I wanted to find a recipe.  This one on SkinnyTaste.com seemed good – Parmesan is one of my favorites!

I washed the kale, spun it, and then finished drying it on paper towels.  The colors were beautiful!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

After the kale was dry, I tore it into bite-sized pieces.  I used an olive oil cooking spray and sprayed the pieces, tossed them, and sprinkled them with some kosher salt, then spread them out on two baking sheets.  Then into the 350 degree oven they went.
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I baked them for about 10 minutes, checking on them every 5 minutes and mixing them up a little each time to make sure they baked evenly.  After they had shrunken and dried out a bit, I sprinkled on the Parmesan, and baked for an additional 5 minutes to melt the cheese.  YUM.
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

These were pretty good!  While I know buying kale chips in the store is a lot more convenient, it’s nice to know they’re not difficult to make on your own – just a bit more time consuming.  Next time, I think I’ll try garlic salt and no cheese – although it was delicious, I’d like to see how the kale chips are on their own, without cheese, especially since that would make them more paleo-friendly.

Related Links:
Rhythm Superfoods Zesty Nacho Kale Chips, 2-Ounce (Pack of 4)

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