Kale has become a very trendy vegetable in recent times. One popular way to eat it is in the form of this easy to make snack of homemade kale chips! But this veggie is actually an ancient, more primitive form of cabbage, which dates back as far as Ancient Greece.
It is part of the Brassica family and the variety acephala (which is Latin for “without a head”). It is closely related to another nutritious green – collards. Both of these plants are native to the Middle East, but their history and use in different cultures goes back so far that it is unclear as to where they originated from. They are among the easiest of vegetables to grow, and thrive in a colder climate. They are biennial plants, meaning that they produce in their second year of growth.
Kale: Ancient Superfood
So why has kale become so popular? Because it is a nutrition powerhouse, and it happens to be an ancient superfood that has been rediscovered. It is inexpensive, readily available and very versatile. Check out this previous blog on different ways to cook with kale.
We all know that greens are good for us because they contain minerals and phytonutrients like chlorophyll. But the challenge is to incorporate them into our diet. Most of us are not used to reaching for healthy greens when we are hungry. One of the best ways to introduce kale to your diet or your family’s diet is to make it taste good. This sounds simple, but is not always an easy task.
Kale chips are a popular item in health food stores these days, as we all look for healthier snack options. When kale is baked or dehydrated it becomes crispy and you can coat it with many different flavours. Although they still look healthy (after all they are green), the taste is delicious. Light crispy with a bit of sweet and cheesy flavour, these homemade kale chips are sure to become a new favorite in your household.
Easy Homemade Kale Chips
1 head of kale, washed
1-2 tablespoons olive oil
1 teaspoon garlic salt, sea salt or other seasoned salt
Fresh ground pepper (to taste)
1 tbsp finely grated parmesan cheese (optional)
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
- Use 2-3 non-stick baking sheet, or line a regular baking sheet with parchment paper.
- Wash kale thoroughly and pat dry with a clean tea towel. Cut out center stems and any other hard parts. Cut leafy parts into 2-3 inch wide pieces.
- In a large bowl, toss kale leaves, olive oil and garlic salt until leaves are evenly coated.
- Arrange kale pieces on baking sheets, in a single layer.
- Bake for 10-15 minutes until you see the edges are turning lightly brown and the leaves are crisp. Let the chips cool on the baking sheets and then remove with a spatula.
I hope you enjoy these kale chips. You can experiment with different flavours and coatings. Try blending up red onion and sour cream for a sour cream and onion flavour chip. Let us know what your favorite combination is, we’d love to hear from you. And don’t forget to leave a link back to your own blog too, via the commentluv feature here on the site.