Yay Kale!

A few months ago I had no idea what kale was, or how to incorporate it into my diet. After some reading, I learned that kale is a highly nutritious vegetable and super awesome for the bod.

Kale is a part of the cabbage family, and is genetically similar to collard greens. After I bought my first bag of kale I had no idea how to cook it or eat it. With some quick web browsing I learned about the beauty of kale chips.

Kale chips are super easy to make, super delish, and you can eat a ton and feel no guilt (just the urge to run to the bathroom after consuming so much leafy goodness ;)).

Kale chips are really not all that similar to regular chips, but they are awesome in their own way.

To make kale chips, pre-heat your oven to 400 degrees. If your kale is not pre-rinsed and pulled off the stem, you need to pull the leaves off and wash it really well. If it’s pre-bagged, still wash it, but you do not need to remove any stems.

Put a whole bunch of kale into a deep baking sheet. Kale cooks down a lot, so don’t be afraid to load up your pan.

This is where personal preference comes in. I like to drizzle my kale with olive oil, and sprinkle with salt, garlic powder, and cayenne (I like spice in my life). But you can sprinkle whatever spices you like depending on your own taste.

Give the kale a good toss and flip with a spatula to incorporate all your flavors and pop that baby into the oven. I keep my pan in for about 8-10 minutes. Be careful because the little leaves can burn pretty quickly. I like a little char on my kale because it gives it a good crispy texture.

Once you remove it from the oven you will see the leaves cooked down a lot. Marcus is quick to eat up the kale chips. I can’t dilly-dally around him, because I won’t get any!

There are lots of ways to eat and enjoy kale, this is just one of my favorites. Kale has some really awesome nutritional benefits. It’s an anti-inflammatory and loaded with  beta carotene, vitamin K, vitamin C, lutein, zeaxanthin, and calcium. It is also believed to have anti-cancer properties.

So don’t be intimidated or grossed out by your greens. Give kale a try. Mmm kale…does a body good! 🙂

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10 responses to “Yay Kale!

  1. I love your post!!!! Mike decided he wanted to start eating kale within the past week! So funny! We walked around the farmers market on Saturday and he asked everyone selling kale about how to eat it! Your recipe sounds awesome! Made me hungry! We have some kale in our fridge right now… I’m going to try your recipe tonight! Thank you!!! 🙂

  2. I love kale! I’m going to try your recipe but Imay toss in a jalapeno for the spice. Keep up the good work.

  3. I love this recipe too! You can almost eat the whole pan if you aren’t careful!!

  4. Taylor- I tried the Kale last night!! Was surprisingly good! Not that I doubted you, but I was surprised how crispy it actually got. I have passed your blog along to some friends so they can enjoy too! Thanks for sharing!

    • I’m glad you liked it Tracey! I made more last night and had the leftovers for lunch today. It’s just so good! And thanks for passing my blog around. That’s so nice of you!! 🙂

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