I’m a huge fan of greens. In fact, I can’t think of a type of green that I don’t like. So it goes without saying that I don’t have a problem when it comes to getting greens into my diet. But to avoid boredom, I’m always looking for new ways to incorporate them. For example, I put spinach or kale into every single smoothie (or juice) I drink. I frequent the Whole Foods salad bar because they always have some new kale salad to try. (Right now, I’m loving the raw kale salad with garlic dressing. So delicious!) And when all else fails, I make kale chips!
These chips are the perfect gateway into kale love and they’re so incredibly easy to make. You can find tons of different variations of this recipe online, but this is my go-to.
Baked Kale Chips
1 Bunch of Kale (I used curly kale.)
Preheat your oven to 400° and line a baking sheet with parchment paper (optional, but ensures easy cleanup). Wash and dry your kale extremely well. I dried my kale in a salad spinner and then dried it again with paper towels. Separate kale leaves from stems and chop (or tear) into pieces. Transfer kale to a large bowl and drizzle with olive oil. Toss with your hands to make sure each piece is coated. Spread kale in a single layer on the baking sheet and pop it into the oven. Bake for 12-15 minutes (remove halfway through to stir). Sprinkle with sea salt immediately after removing the baking sheet from the oven.
That’s it! Simple, delicious and possibly the healthiest “chip” ever. I’d suggest making these for the kale-haters in your life. And if they refuse, sprinkle a little parmesan cheese on them. I’m also thinking about putting a little lemon juice or zest on my next batch. Yum!