Kale seems to be the leafy green that is all the rage right now, popping up in recipes all over the place. Personally I couldn't be happier about this because not only is kale delicious prepared in many different ways, it is also full of vitamins, nutrients and antioxidants! I went into more detail about the health benefits of kale in my green smoothie recipe here. One of my favourite ways to enjoy kale is turning it into crispy kale chips. They are great for healthy snacking, and for sprinkling on top of salads and soups for added crunch. They can be outrageously expensive to buy already made, so I prefer to make my own since it is so simple and cheap. You can customize the flavour of your kale chips by adding in any spices you have on hand. I also have a recipe for cheesy vegan kale chips that I highly recommend.
1 large bunch of kale, washed and de-stemmed
2-3 tsp. olive oil
Sprinkle of Kosher salt
Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F and line two baking sheets with parchment paper. You can also line them with foil but the kale chips may get stuck onto it during baking and be harder to remove.
Remove the kale leaves from the thick centre stems. Discard the stems and tear the leaves into bite-sized pieces. Place the pieces in a large bowl and toss with the olive oil and salt until evenly coated. Evenly spread the kale pieces onto the prepared baking sheets in a single layer.
Bake for 13-15 minutes, until the edges are lightly browned and the kale is crispy. Watch them carefully in the last few minutes so that they don't burn. Remove from the baking sheets and enjoy immediately for maximum crispiness!
*Recipe by Brooke McMillan