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Kale Chips

By Susan Reda Posted March 20, 2012 at 11:00 pm


Cindy Soehner and me with kale in our hands

This past Saturday I was at the Carrboro Farmers’ Market, which seemed to have sprung back to life as a result of the incredibly warm weather we have had this past week.  The song “Morning has Broken” began playing through my mind as I wandered through the venue filled with shoppers anticipating our local farmers’ first offerings of spring. After a mere half hour my market tote was filled with spinach, kale, arugula, eggs, tulips, baby carrots and Big Spoon Peanut Butter.

I was on a mission to find kale and Cindy and John Soehner, of Eco Farm, had an abundance of three kinds of kale.  I bought only the Red Russian and Curly Kale, as the fortunate person ahead of me snagged the last bag of Dinosaur Kale!  Well, I take what I can get, when I sleep in on market day!

A friend sent me this website as she shares my passion for healthy and delicious eating.  I have been beyond inspired by this video and Dr. Wahls’ tenacious path to well being.  I hope you will find it worth17 minutes of your time. One of the foods that Dr. Wahls steadfastly promotes is kale.  I decided to make kale chips for a weekend family snack.  They were so simple to make and were a big hit with everyone!  The batch I made was gone in no time, so Emily and I made another.

Give them a try and please let me know what you think of the video and the kale chips.

Ingredients:
1 bunch of kale, washed, stemmed and torn into pieces.
3 T. extra virgin olive oil
1 t. sea salt
1 t. freshly ground pepper
(optional: sprinkle of cayenne or any other spice you enjoy)

Method:
Place kale in a large bowl.
 
Drizzle with olive oil and sprinkle with salt and pepper.
 
Now, really get in there with your hands and massage the oil into the leaves making sure you reach all the nooks and crannies. 
Spread them out on a baking sheet.  Don’t let the leaves overlap or you will have steamed kale instead of crispy chips!

Bake at 350 degrees for 15 minutes.  I used two baking sheets that had to be on separate racks in the oven. I switched their positions half way through.

Kale to your good health!

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