Ok, so our sweet baby nephew Kale is much more awesome than that weird leafy stuff that is used as a garnish on main dishes at restaurants, however kale (not Kale, mind you) is an unsung hero in the world of nutrition and the world of hippie granola tendencies.
I have a friend that says she makes a kale, frozen fruit and water smoothie for her kids each morning to knock out a serving of veggies at the beginning of the day. They actually drink it, if you can believe it. So in the spirit of our dear, ridiculously fit, lean and mean, leg wrestling champion, Shocks, I decided to try my own family on it. So far, with enough honey and yogurt, my kids tolerate it and Justin said no way. So I have some tweaking to do on that.
However, I was online doing my research this week (Heaven forbid you drink something like kale for 20 years only to find out it contributes nothing nutritionally to your body) and I found some interesting info on that crazy bunch of green in the produce aisle. I read :
Kale is very high in beta carotene, vitamin K, vitamin C, lutein, zeaxanthin, and reasonably rich in calcium.
And after a few other sites that confirmed it, not to mention it cancer fighting capabilities, I was convinced I wasn't incorporating this strange veggie into our diets for nothing.
All that to say, I found a recipe that I think is worth trying (if for no other reason than to entertain yourself with a kitchen experiment). As far as I'm concerned, most anything with olive oil and salt is delicious. So the next time you need a salt fix do the following:
Crispy Kale "Chips"
Bunch of kale
1. Remove the leafy parts of kale from the tough ribs.
2. Tear into bite-sized pieces.
3. Rinse with cold water really well.
4. Dry completely on a paper towel.
5. Toss dry kale with a couple tsp of olive oil and a sprinkle of season salt (I use Spike seasoning)
6. Spread on a baking sheet into one layer.
7. Bake at 350 for 6-10 min.
8. Watch carefully. They should darken but not turn brown.
They basically taste like salty olive oil but with a melt in your mouth crispiness that's somewhat addicting. Granted too much oil or salt isn't all that good for you so go light and in the end it's just got to be better than potato chips for sure!
DISCLAIMER: I haven't actually tried these on the family. I managed to eat the whole bunch all by myself before they had a chance.