Gutsy Mama Kale Chips
The oven at Babies in Common is used each week to make yummy snacks or to heat up a lasagne or casserole that someone brought to share with others in a class. I use the oven to bake lactation cookies each week.
The other night I decided to make kale chips for my childbirth class. Ya know, that's a perfectly healthy snack to munch on during a birth movie, right? Well, they liked it and asked for the recipe...so here ya go!
Why kale? It's full of iron, vitamin K, folate, magnesium, vitamin A, vitamin C and calcium. Otherwise it's got great antioxidants, omega-3 fatty acids and is fat free (well, until you add oil, but if you add olive, avocado, coconut or grapeseed oil you're ingesting healthy oil!).
Gutsy MamaTM Kale Chips
Pick up a bunch of fresh kale (preferably organic and even better if it's local) from your garden or farmer's market or grocery store.
Rinse kale. Shake off while you wiggle your tail and say "woo!".
Pull the leaves off of each stalk and place leaves in a huge bowl. Be sure to tear the leaves to they are similar to chip size (but larger, as kale shrinks in the oven).
Add (more or less, to taste!):
- 1/8 cup oil (or more, depending on amount of kale and oil preference). Best oils to use are coconut or grapeseed.
- 1/4 tsp salt
- sprinkle of pepper
- 1/2 tsp powdered garlic
- 1/2 tsp cumin
Mix all together with hands in the large bowl until leaves are coated with oil and spices.
Spread leaves on ungreased baking sheet (preferably one with edges to the leaves don't spill over).
Place in preheated 250 degree oven and bake for 20+ minutes...until leaves are shriveled, paper-like dry and NOT burned...keep checking on them.
Remove from oven, let cool and then gently place kale chips into bowl.
Bake these at least once per week and share with kids, they love them!