It has been quite awhile since I’ve posted about food! But I just feel called to share this one with you all because they are so, so yummy and easy to do!!! Kale Chips!! I always knew Kale was a good power food, but I have since learned that it is a nutritional powerhouse!
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 — and sulphur-containing phytonutrients. Carotenoids and flavonoids are the specific types of antioxidants associated with many of the anti-cancer health benefits. Kale is also rich in the eye-health promoting lutein and zeaxanthin compounds. 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.
Now are you interested??!! I originally tried kale chips from Heinen’s and while, they were indeed yummy they were a little expensive and I wasn’t sure what exactly was in them. So I found a recipe to make them at home and tried it and now I am hooked!!
Here is how you do it:
One bunch of kale
1 tablespoon olive oil or just use cooking spray
1 teaspoon seasoned salt
Shake or two of parm chees (optional)
Nutritional information: Makes 6 servings (or one for Lisa!)
2 points plus for weight watchers
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray two cookie sheets with cooking spray. Wash and dry the kale on paper towels. Tear the kale up into bite sized pieces and lay on the cookie sheets in a single layer. Sprinkle olive oil over the kale or just use cooking spray if you don’t want to use oil. Sprinkle the kale with seasoned salt. Some suggested soy sauce, but I have not tried that. I added a little bit of parm cheese on top, but that is optional. You could probably use any spice that you like. For example, kicking it up a notch with some red pepper or something might be good.
This is what they look like before going into the oven (sorry for the poorer quality picture here):
Bake at 350 for 10-12 minutes. I have kept them in a little longer at times just to make them more crispy. Keep an eye on them if you have a hot oven so they don’t burn.
This what they looked like finished:
They shrink down quite a bit! I have been known to eat a whole batch in one sitting. I guess I should be thankful my family will not touch one with a 10-ft pole!! Enjoy and get all your leafy greens in!