Kale Chips

Written by Karen on February 24th, 2010

kalechips sheetI’ve been a bit of a TV junkie of late watching the Olympics in prime time, pushing the limits of my shut eye.  After this week comes the Academy Awards on March 7th, which is another excuse to create a party around a food theme. Certainly with Julie and Julia in the mix we will see Boeuf Bourguignon or this lovely adaptation of pumpkin soup from Shirley at GFE.  For the Oscars, I tend to lean toward a variety of nibbles and small plates – don’t want to miss a glimpse of George Clooney! – and one of my favorite winter snacks are fresh baked kale chips.

Kale chips will make a convert of any green vegetable skeptic, and that includes kids.  There are a multitude of flavors you can make, all of which are incredibly easy.  The only catch is to make sure you keep your eye on the baking time, as their fragile nature tends to burn quickly.

Talk about a healthy snack! Kale is loaded with calcium (94mg. per 1C), making it great for healthy bones; preventing arthritis and osteoporosis. Its an excellent source of vitamins A and C (one cup =70% of RDA, great for immune system,) iron, magnesium and potassium.

And…nutritional yeast is a salty, almost ‘cheesy’ inactive yeast  in the form of flakes.  It is very high in vitamin B12, which makes it popular with vegetarians.  It helps control blood sugar, protects against liver cancer, and reduces triglycerides – which benefits healthy cholesterol.  You can find it at most health food stores, including Whole Foods.

Kale Chips

Make sure to thoroughly dry the leaves before seasoning.  I use a salad spinner.

1 bunch kale, de-stemmed and cut into 3-4″ pieces
2 tablespoons nutritional yeast
1/2 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
1/2 tablespoon organic tamari (wheat-free soy sauce)
1 tablespoon sesame oil

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Mix the oil, apple cider vinegar, and tamari together until creamy. Add kale to the bowl and coat evenly. It may seem like you don’t have enough coating, but you don’t want the leaves to be soggy.

Place on a parchment lined baking sheet and cook at 350 degrees for about twenty minutes. Check on them halfway and move around to evenly bake, preventing the outer leaves from burning.

Do you have a favorite kale chip recipe?  Do share!

**And now, the envelope please…

This is part of our “Gluten Free OSCARS Progressive Dinner Party.”  We bring you recipes each day this week to inspire entertaining ideas during the big show!  Here’s the schedule:gluten-free-progessive-dinner-party

Monday February 22 –  Shirley from gluten free easily sharing Veronica’s Pumpkin Soup

Tuesday February 23 – SEA from Book of Yum with appetizers inspired from the movie Avatar

Wednesday February 24 – Karen from Cook4Seasons and Diane from The WH.O.L.E. Gang using inspiration from Julie and Julia

Thursday February 25 -  A salmon spread by Alison from Sure Foods Living

Friday February 26 – And more appetizers with Ellen from I Am Gluten Free

>>Get ready for your OSCAR party by printing a ballot to share with your guests or for just your family!

This  post is part of Pennywise Platter Thursday and Friday Foodie Fix.

12 Comments so far ↓

  1. Feb
    24
    6:44
    PM
    Shirley @ gfe

    I like that you made Oscar party food. :-) I have been wanting to make kale chips for a long time and haven’t yet. No nutritional yeast, tamari, or sesame oil here at the moment though. Might have to try another recipe as I do have kale!

    Thanks so much, Karen, especially for the special mention! I actually did another post today for the GFPDP … it’s fun.

    Shirley
    .-= Shirley @ gfe´s last blog ..Southern Fried Oysters—GFPDP for Oscars =-.

  2. Feb
    25
    6:19
    AM
    Diane-The W.H.O.L.E. Gang

    I’ve heard so much about these I’ll have to give them a try. Hope you’ll share them on Friday Foodie Fix too. The Secret Ingredient is Kale!
    .-= Diane-The W.H.O.L.E. Gang´s last blog ..Easy Gluten and Dairy Free Whipped Cream Recipe- Gluten Free Progressive OSCAR Dinner Party =-.

  3. Feb
    26
    1:11
    PM
    Roberta

    When do you add the nutritional yeast to the recipe?

  4. Feb
    26
    2:18
    PM
    Ellen Allard

    Ooooh, I usually make kale chips with just oil, but I love the idea of adding nutritional yeast and ACV, tamari, and sesame oil. Yum…..nice job!!!!

    best, Ellen

  5. Feb
    28
    6:35
    PM
    Michelle @ Find Your Balance

    Oh yeah! I love sesame oil – for my kale chips I used toasted sesame oil, sesame seeds and umeboshi plum vinegar. Divine. http://www.findyourbalancehealth.com/2009/12/want-a-chip-have-a-whole-bowl/
    .-= Michelle @ Find Your Balance´s last blog ..Green smoothie book giveaway is here after all! =-.

  6. Mar
    1
    11:01
    AM
    Alison

    I have been loving kale chips lately. I will try your recipe!

  7. Mar
    3
    11:59
    AM
    Karen

    Shirley – there are so many options for ‘dressing’ the chips. I’m going to post another one using truffle oil…mmmm.
    Diane – So done – and thanks!
    Roberta – I add nutritional yeast in with the other ingredients, just know that the mixture is pretty thick.
    Ellen – what type of oil is your favorite?
    Michelle – I love ume vinegar and will make your recipe next! These chips don’t last an hour in my house…
    .-= Karen´s last blog ..Kale Chips =-.

  8. Mar
    6
    10:24
    AM
    Tiffani

    Wow – I had no idea how tasty these would be! And I even had to modify the recipe due to having more collards than kale. The collards weren’t as crispy as the kale but still wonderful! My boyfriend is diving into the pan as we speak :)

  9. Mar
    6
    2:20
    PM
    Karen

    Tiffani,
    I love it! They are truly addictive. Guess I’ll keep collards for saute;-)

  10. Mar
    18
    9:31
    AM
    Linda

    I keep seeing these on blogs and keep meaning to try them. I have some kale in my frig now, and I think you have inspired me to try it today! Thanks for stopping by.
    .-= Linda´s last blog ..Gluten-Free Wednesdays 3-17-10 =-.

  11. Jan
    23
    5:38
    PM
    Vegan Snorkeler

    Thanks for posting this recipe! I love the combination of apple cider vinegar and nutritional yeast.
    .-= Vegan Snorkeler´s last blog ..Brisbane Picture Walk =-.

  12. Jun
    21
    1:29
    PM
    besTinesheefe

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    Large Community, regard all!

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