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Easy Recipe: Kale Chips

After any health scare, it’s fairly easy to adopt new healthy habits. Now 11 months into my plant-based eating diet, I continue to stay focused because I understand the health benefits and feel vibrant within my own body. While I’ve found some new nutritious cravings, it’s not necessarily easy to entice my family to drink green juice, veggie-packed smoothies or daily salads. My family eats a lot cleaner than it did a year ago, but I’m still working on adding more vegetables to their meals without them kicking and screaming. So when I stumbled upon the #ONENEWFOOD initiative, I jumped on the bandwagon. The goal is to introduce kids to one new food a week with the hopes of finding a few favorites. This week, I reintroduced kale by making these kale chips. It was a grand slam … so much so, in fact, that we’ve eaten them the past few nights.

For those who don’t like to cook, this is easy to prepare and takes only a few minutes. If I’m in a rush, I take bagged (and washed) kale salad, throw it on a baking sheet, drizzle oil and salt to taste. Oftentimes, I just put it in the oven at whatever temperature my main dish is cooking. For higher temperatures, I cook for about 6-8 minutes each side flipping once. The best kale chips, however, follow this recipe.

Easy Recipe: Kale Chips
 
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Kale chips are really easy to make with little prep time and few steps.
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Recipe type: Snacks
Serves: 2
Ingredients
  • 1 bunch curly kale
  • 1 tbsp. extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 tsp. Himalayan sea salt
Instructions
  1. Wash and dry kale, then remove the stems and rip into pieces
  2. Spread kale in a single layer on a baking sheet (I use a 9x16 baking sheet)
  3. Bake at 300 degrees for 10 minutes
  4. Take out, flip and drizzle 1 tbsp. of extra virgin olive oil and add 1 tsp of salt
  5. Bake (at 300 degrees) for another 10-15 minutes
  6. Take out and cool for 2 minutes

Join in the #ONENEWFOOD initiative. Please comment and let us know what new foods you plan to share with your kids.

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9 Comments

  1. I can’t wait to try these! I think the tough part will be getting the kids to take that first bite. I wonder if it would make them more appealing if I put them in a chip bag before serving…

    • Caryn Sullivan

      Lauren – That is a genius idea. You could even tell them they are super hero chips, which isn’t far from the truth. I’m guessing characters ranging from Superman to the Paw Patrol fly high and save a lot of lives after a nutrient-packed serving of kale. Have a great weekend. :)

  2. So first of all…this is awesome! 2nd, my daughter wouldn’t eat Kale last time I tried it because “It’s what we feed the giraffe’s at the zoo mommy!”. I can’t wait to give this a whirl. Thanks for linking up!

    • Caryn Sullivan

      Kristen – That is funny. Maybe the giraffes are so tall because they eat healthy food like kale? hahaha. I hope they like it. Good luck.

  3. I am so going to give these a try! It sounds so simple to make!

    • Caryn Sullivan

      Susen. They are super easy to make. I also find that if they are not quite crisp enough, I just keep them in the oven once I’ve turned it off. Tonight, I managed to finish the entire pan at 9:30p, too. I guess it’s better that they are kale chips, rather than french fries.

  4. I’ve been wanting to make kale chips and now I know how! Thanks for sharing!

  5. Okay seeing a little one gobbling these up makes me think they can’t be so bad. Adding Kale to my shopping list!

    • Caryn Sullivan

      Good luck. Try baking them a few times before making any judgement call. All ovens are different, so they don’t always bake as dry. Sometimes, when I have time, I put the heat on 275 degrees and let them sit in the oven for an hour. If they still aren’t crisp, I turn off the oven and then let them sit.

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