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Meatless Monday Recipe: Super Easy Baked Kale Chips

 

Photo: Brad Klopman

Even if you don't like Kale, you will LOVE these kale chips! Tasty and nutritious. Check out the health benefits of this superfood.

One cup of kale contains 36 calories, 5 grams of fiber, and 15% of the daily requirement of calcium and vitamin B6 (pyridoxine), 40% of magnesium, 180% of vitamin A, 200% of vitamin C, and 1,020% of vitamin K. It is also a good source of minerals copper, potassium, iron, manganese, and phosphorus. 
Kale’s health benefits are primarily linked to the high concentration and excellent source of antioxidant vitamins A, C, and K. Beyond antioxidants, the fiber content of cruciferous kale binds bile acids and helps lower blood cholesterol levels and reduce the risk of heart disease, especially when kale is cooked instead of raw.

Thanks to my fiancé Brad for this recipe. 

Baked Kale Chips

3 Kale Stocks (de-stemmed)

1 Tablespoon Olive Oil

Salt and Pepper 

In large mixing bowl break kale into large potato chip sized pieces. Drizzle oil over entire batch and mix until evenly coated. Sprinkle with salt and pepper (to your liking). 

Place in single layer on cookie sheet type pan. Bake at 275* for 30 minutes (turning the pan once) or until they are crispy. These are best cooked LOW AND SLOW.

They should crumble easily in your mouth. If they're too soft or squishy, add less oil next time and/or bake longer. It might take a couple of tries to make the perfect batch, but once you do you'll be addicted!

Enjoy!