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Organic Kale Chips

Make organic kale chips in 15 minutes ... great snack for the whole family!


After my last blog on eating organic I've decided to switch my market shopping to Whole Foods. While I LOVE Dave's and like Stop and Shop, Whole Foods has the best organic produce. There were many organic produce items that were a lot cheaper than Stop and Shop, and they look better too. After spending 1 1/2 hours shopping there last week with my two boys (who were eating blueberries and apples while I shopped), I found some really great food items that I want to continue to purchase. Their meat selection is wonderful ... I got beautiful grass-fed ground beef for burgers, wild sockeye salmon for a poached salmon with dill butter and Amish chicken for chicken salad sandwiches. I picked up pears, bananas, grape tomatoes, kiwi, blueberries, potatoes, red and golden beets, and kale in the produce aisle, all organic. And it was so exciting to see all the beautiful colors. It got me very excited to cook!

For many Americans snacking is a bad habit, but I feel it can be a really good habit if making good choices. That's why I want to share this easy and delicious recipe with you ... KALE CHIPS! This week I served these with our burgers and potato salad — my 3 year old LOVED THEM! He kept asking for more! When I first decided to make these for my family I wasn't sure they'd like them but they are really delicious. The saltiness made them a great snack. They're finger-licking good, like real chips!  So give it a try ... you won't be disappointed!

Ingredients:

1 bunch of organic kale

Organic olive oil

Salt

Garlic Powder

Directions:

1. Heat oven to 375.

2. Rip kale into 2 inch pieces making sure to discard and work around vein.

3. Put pieces into salad spinner and wash and dry well.

4. Put pieces into a large bowl. Drizzle with enough olive oil to coat, maybe about 2-3 tbsp.

5. Add a few grinds of salt and a 3 sprinkles of garlic powder (maybe 1/8-1/4 tsp) of each.

6. Mix with hands.

7. Take out 2 baking sheets and spread kale evenly in 1 layer onto baking sheets.  Bake for 10 minutes or until crispy (I baked for 10 minutes then turned the broiler on and broiled each baking sheet with kale for another 1 or 2 minutes so they were extra crispy.

8. Best if served immediately, as they will be crispy and warm. You can store in airtight container up to 2 days, but after a day they lose their crisp.

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Karin March 26, 2012 at 06:44 PM
Thanks for sharing, Kim. Kale chips are my favorite!
Longtime Res... March 26, 2012 at 06:57 PM
Sounds delish. I do the same with green beans and brussel sprouts.
Kimberly R. Ragosta March 26, 2012 at 09:36 PM
Yum! I'll have to try this with the green beans and brussels! I knew this was a hit when my 3 year old kept eating them :)
Michelle March 27, 2012 at 08:25 PM
This was surprisingly easy and delicious (even my 12-year-old loved them!). The cooking time was perfect, too; I thought the chips looked soft but when I tasted them, they were perfect! Thanks for the recipe!
Kimberly R. Ragosta March 27, 2012 at 11:45 PM
So glad your family enjoyed them! Thanks for sharing :)
Mike Bottaro March 29, 2012 at 09:29 AM
We are totally trying this, Kim. Thanks! Hope your family is well.
Kimberly R. Ragosta March 29, 2012 at 05:32 PM
I think you'll enjoy them...this snack is a healthy alternative to chips or fries! Although.. we've been eating a lot of homemade sweet potato fries (cut up some sweet potatoes...add a little salt and olive oil and bake on sheet at 475 until crisp). Our family is great...expecting our 3rd baby...Lily Grace...June 28th! Hope your family is well too!
Sharon Siedliski March 30, 2012 at 12:33 AM
Going to try this too. thanks for the idea and recipe - I never would have thought of this!

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