Kale chips

I have seen various kale chips on other food blogs for years now and never got up the nerve to try them myself, even though they always looked and sounded delicious.

I have ordered cooked kale at a few restaurants in the past, but have only actually tried using kale at home once, when I made an ill-fated green smoothie with it (I found it to be too bitter). Since then, I have been hesistant to use raw kale for anything.

But when I found this bunch of organic kale at Whole Foods for $2.49, I knew it was time to break some new ground.

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This bunch came from Lady Moon Farms, which is located in Pennsylvania and ships out from a few places along the East Coast. While it’s not exactly local, it’s at least on my side of the U.S. and I appreciate their commitment to organic farming and the information on organic vegetables which they provide on their website.

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I tore a few leaves of the kale into bite-sized pieces and layed it on a cooking sheet. Then I sprayed it with olive oil cooking spray and sprinkled it with salt and pepper. Then it went into the oven at 350 degrees for 10 minutes.

I decided to keep it simple for my first attempt!

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I also cooked an organic sweet potato in the microwave for about 5 minutes.

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Then topped the potato with some leftover pinto beans, which I cooked in my new barbecue sauce!

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Then I rounded out the meal with the last slice of homemade whole wheat bread from my in-laws spread with some Smart Balance Light.

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The kale chips were so crunchy! I overcooked a few of them, so I think next time I will cut back the cooking time. But I was amazed at how tasty they were. What a great way to get in some healthy greens! I can’t wait to make these again.

I also adored the taste of the Annie’s barbecue sauce. They had a few different flavors to choose from but the Smokey Maple was the most appealing to me so I decided to try it first.

What a deliciously healthy, mostly organic, veggie-filled dinner!

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What is one vegetable you are too afraid to try?

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About Sarah Frankel

I am 29 years old and a resident of Louisville, Kentucky. I've been married to my husband Josh for 6 years and we have a 5 year old beagle named Suzie. Four years ago, I changed my eating and exercise habits, dropping 70 pounds and gaining an entirely new life. I took up running in September 2007 and became vegan in October 2009. I am constantly striving to improve my life so that I can live it to the fullest! I hope you will join me on my life journey.

Posted on May 20, 2010, in Dinner, recipes and tagged , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 5 Comments.

  1. I get Lady Moon Farms kale too! I love it in smoothies, but I still haven’t tried the chips. I have been afraid to try burdock root lately, even though I see it every week at my co-op. I’ll give in eventually, though.

  2. I love Kale Chips! they taste amazing!

  3. I love kale chips. I started making them a while back after seeing them on some food blogs. It is easy to get too much spray oil, and not get them crispy enough.

    I have a bunch growing in the garden, so I’m looking forward to lots of kale chips coming up soon!

  4. Okay, it’s not that I am afraid to use them, but more of not knowing HOW to use them: beets and/or turnips. Any ideas or recipes laying around???

    Thanks! :-)

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