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Baked Kale Chips

Baked Kale Chips RecipeI first saw these while watching Gardening with Cisco a few weeks ago. They always have a little cooking segment with PCC chef, Lynne Vea, on the show and this one caught my eye and decided I would give it a try. You may know that kale is one of the most nutritious veggies around. 1 Cup of boiled Kale has the following Daily Values 1327% Vitamin K, 192% Vitamin A, 89% Vitamin C and less than 100% of several other nutrients. You can see the full nutrient chart here. I'm not sure how boiled kale differs from baked kale but it must be pretty good for you too. Maybe even better since some of the nutrients might come out in the boiling water.

They are surprisingly easy to make and don't take long at all. You just need to keep an eye on them to make sure they don't burn. I just put sea salt on the chips I made but you can put some herbs on them for more flavor. I saw one recipe online that had vinegar on them which I might try doing the next time I make some. They were surprisingly crispy and tasty. Below is the easy recipe I used.

Ingredients:
1 bunch of kale
1 tbsp olive oil
salt to taste

Directions:
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. Remove the center stem from each kale leaf. Cut kale pieces into desired size. (I cut them in 1-2" pieces.)
  3. Wash and thoroughly dry the kale. (I used a salad spinner)
  4. Put the kale in a ziplock bag or bowl and drizzle with the olive oil. Shake the bag or toss them in the bowl to evenly coat the kale with the oil.
  5. Spread the kale in a single layer on baking sheets and bake for 10-15 minutes, until they start to brown on the edges. (I used 2 sheets) Check on them frequently after 10 minutes to make sure they don't burn.
  6. Remove from the oven and sprinkle with salt and/or herbs

Baked Kale Chips

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