Get ready for a delicious surprise! These kale crisps are not only nutritious, but they are absolutely delicious. If you don’t believe me, take the reaction of my precious 18-month old granddaughter, Jamie, in the video below. I couldn’t resist! She will eat these, when she won’t touch anything else that is green on her plate.
(She still loves kale, 9 months later: see videos below)
A couple more great things about homemade kale chips: they are so simple to make and you can eat all you want without guilt!
Here is all you need to do:
1. First, preheat the oven to 325 degrees F and line two baking trays with parchment paper.
2. Take one bunch of curly kale and wash it, then pat dry.
3. Tear apart into bite-size pieces. Here’s what your bowl will look like after tearing apart one bunch of curly kale.
4. Liberally pour olive oil all over the kale. Don’t skimp with the olive oil. This is the best part, especially, if you are using “The Oilerie” brand of organic olive oil that comes straight from Italy. I purchase mine from Greg & Jo Anna Zachary, in The Woodlands. They will be happy to ship it to you where ever you live. You can’t just use any olive oil, as the brands in the supermarket are adulterated and not real EVOO. Trust me on this!
5. And again, DON’T skimp with the olive oil. This healthy fat helps absorb all the amazing nutrients in the kale. Pour in just enough to wet the entire bowl of kale—somewhere around 3-4 tablespoons. Don’t worry about the calories. Healthy fat calories help you absorb the nutrients that will lead to weight loss or weight maintenance. Get your hands dirty and knead that delicious olive oil through and through.
6. Spread the contents of the bowl of kale onto two baking trays lined with parchment paper.
7. Place in the 325 degree F oven and check it in 15 minutes.
8. After 15 minutes, test the doneness. Is it crisp or still wet? If still wet, leave it in for just 3 more minutes.
9. Remove from oven and salt liberally.
10. Place in bowl and serve immediately, or package for eating later. My guess is once you start eating it, there won’t be any leftovers.
Enjoy as snack at any time!
Note: One good way to get your kids to eat veggies is to have them help you make them. They are never too young to help. Here’s Jamie helping me prepare the kale.
And she still loves kale, almost 2 1/2 years old: