I was not that fond of kale and initially only grew it in our garden to supplement our guinea pigs’ and bearded dragon’s diet. When it continued to grow throughout our harsh winters filled with snow and below freezing temperatures producing more than our pets could consume, I developed a new respect for its resilience and grudgingly added it to my diet. I used it primarily as a substitute for spinach and chard. It was not until I discovered that I could make chips with kale that I began to truly appreciate this healthy vegetable.
Spicy Kale Chips
1 bunch of kale (8 – 12 large leaves)
1 tablespoon of olive oil
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
1/2 teaspoon onion powder
1/2 teaspoon smoked paprika
1/4 teaspoon salt
Preheat oven to 350o F
Wash and dry the kale. Tear into ~ 2” x 2” pieces, avoiding the large ribs.
Place kale pieces in a large bowl, drizzle oil over the kale and toss to ensure the pieces are coated.
In a small bowl, combine the spices.
Sprinkle the spices over the kale, taking time to toss occasionally so the spices are evenly distributed.
Place kale on a baking sheet in a single layer. Bake at 350o F for 12 – 15 minutes or until the kale is crispy.
My daughter says that she “refuses to think of these as healthy chips”. She prefers to think of them as “an unhealthy salad”. I hate to burst her bubble, but with only 1 tablespoon of olive oil for the entire bunch of kale, it is much healthier than most salads. I have decided not to explain this to her, instead I allow her her fantasy and tell her to live on the wild side and add some dip.
6 oz. plain yogurt
1 teaspoon onion powder
1 teaspoon dried parsley
1/2 teaspoon basil
1/2 teaspoon celery salt
1/2 teaspoon sage
In a small bowl, thoroughly combine the yogurt and spices.
Refrigerate for an hour or two to allow the flavors to blend. Serve chilled.
**The spicy kale chips are a nice addition to salads in place of croutons or tortilla chips. And the yogurt dip tastes great on baked potatoes in place of sour cream.
Have you learned to enjoy a food that you initially disliked?