Thursday, March 24, 2011

Rookie Cooking: Kale Chips

As a Rookie Cook I am just learning how to combine healthy foods in delicious ways. This week's lesson?

Kale Chips! Everyone who has ever made them raves about them, and here is why: It is all the yum of potato chips with zero guilt. They are crispy just like real chips. They can be flavoured just like real chips. AND! I ate them all in under an hour - just like real chips!

The first thing I did was look at a few recipes and settled on a method I liked. Kalyn's Kitchen had a great suggestion to make them in a ziplock bag, so that is what I tried.

Farren Square's Kale Chips
What I used:
  • A huge bunch of kale
  • 1.5 tablespoons of olive oil 
  • salt to taste
  • Mrs Dash
  • a large ziplock bag

What I did:
Pre-heat the oven to 300 degrees Fahrenheit. Remove the stem from the kale leaf, and tear it into chip-sized pieces.
Place Kale pieces, olive oil, and Mrs Dash into the ziplock bag. Squeeze out all the air and close tightly. Squish. Squish to your heart's content! Make sure every bit of kale is coated in olive oil, then spread the kale in a single layer on a large baking sheet and pop it in the oven. 
Yummy Kale ChipsI, uh... didn't set a timer. I just kept peeking every ten minutes. Just remember: When kale chips start to go brown, they tend to get a little bitter, so try to catch them while they are still green. Mine were in the oven a total of 30 minutes and lightly salted when they emerged. They were perfect!

Perfect enough to eat before I was able to snap more than one picture. These are a delicious gluten free, soy free way to snack! When I make these again, I'm going to save myself the ziplock bag and mix them in a bowl with a spatula or even my hands. If you have made kale chips before, leave a comment and let me know what spices / recipe / methods you have used! Next time I am definitely making dill pickle flavoured kale chips. Yum.


  1. We make these all the time! We usually just use garlic and salt, though. They're so yummy!

  2. Sounds awesome! I'm a huge garlic fan. I need to get away from the Mrs Dash, but she just reels me back in with her simplicity and availability.

  3. I have been hearing about these more and more lately! I'm going to share this on my FB page if you don't mind!

  4. yummy yummy
    I had never heard of these before but sound tasty and easy, a winning combination. : )

  5. when taryn makes kale chips she uses oil, apple cider vinegar, and nutritional yeast (which i just looked up, and it looks like most kinds are gluten free). the apple cider vinegar/nutritional yeast combo gives them a tangy cheesy, but vegan, taste.