I love Kale. I mean… if I could I. would. marry. it. Mmmhmmm. I love it that much. And I have it raw, chopped up and thrown into a salad, sauteed with garlic, olive oil, and a splash of balsamic or lemon, and sometimes I’ll throw ginger in there. If I could, I would eat it everyday, and for a while, as I was beginning my recovering from all the damage gluten had done to my body and was so anemic I could barely walk a block from the weakness, I did. Its high in iron, chlorophyll, calcium and vitamins A and C. Kale is my medicine and oh what a delicious hearty medicine it is. Kale is a strengthening vegetable and even now, when I’m on my moon, I eat a little extra just to give my system a boost.
“Kale eases lung congestion, benefits the stomach, and is a specific healer for the liver and the immune system. Its juice is medicinal for treating stomach and duodenal ulcers.”
While perusing the food blog world in the last month there seems to be a resurgence of posts on Kale Chips that really piqued my interest. The idea had never occured to me, but this was way to good to pass up. My love of Kale with my obsession with crunch all rolled into one? I was sold. And here is what I made!
I washed and chopped the Kale in big pieces removing the larger stalks. Dried them off and threw them into a large bowl where I poured in a Tbsp of Olive Oil. Mixed it all up with my hands and then laid them out on cookie sheets. I sprinkled sea salt and cracked pepper over them and slid the trays into the oven at 300 degrees. I put the timer at 15 minutes and then proceeded to check them every couple of minutes after that. Our oven is a bit of a challenge, and the bottom was done faster then the top tray, but all told, I think it all took 25 minutes.
They are crazy yum. Truly. And this time, because it was my first, I only added salt and pepper, but next time I might try the paprika and garlic that Gluten Free Girl talks about. I also have some extra that I have let sit out a bit. I want to crush them and save the kale flakes for a seasoning on… well, anything really. I’m making rice for a dish tonight and might try it then, and Smitten Kitchen suggests putting it on popcorn, which I’m thinking would be a great snack for our next Jamie Oliver TV Night.
Kale. Seriously, its probably my most favorite green leafy veg.