This summer we participated in a Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) program. When you sign up for a CSA share, you receive a variety of vegetables and fruit every week, fresh from a local farm! The quality of the produce is usually far superior from anything you get at the grocery store. The carrots taste carrot-ier, the tomatoes are juicier and of course, there is kale. If you decide to sign up for a CSA next year, be prepared to receive kale, every.single.week (almost!).
Kale is a leafy vegetable related to broccoli and cauliflower, and is prized for being very nutritious as it is high in vitamins and calcium. The leaves are similar in texture to some of the heartier greens like collards or mustard and take some time to cook, but when cooked are simply delicious! Kale is also delicious raw and can be used instead of lettuce in a salad! The leaves take on almost any flavor with ease and I’ve used kale in many different preparations, be it in Indian, Italian or Chinese dishes. There are many ways to cook kale – sauteed kale, kale fried rice, kale soup, kale salad etc. But one of the most innovative ways is to make kale chips! Kale chips are an easy alternative to traditional potato chips with a lot fewer calories and guilt! These leaves crisp up perfectly in the oven for a wonderful and healthy snack! For this recipe, I’ve chosen a simple Parmesan cheese topping but I imagine the choices are endless! Next time, masala kale chips! Enjoy!
1 bunch Kale
1 tablespoon olive oil
1-2 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese
salt to taste
1) Preheat oven to 300°F.
2) Rinse and thoroughly pat dry the kale, and rip the leaves off the center ribs.
3) Tear the leaves into large pieces, toss with olive oil in a bowl then sprinkle with salt and Parmesan cheese.
4) Cover a baking sheet with foil or spray with some non-stick spray. Arrange the seasoned kale leaves in a single layer on the baking sheet.
5) Bake the kale for 20 minutes, or until they look crispy.
6) Remove the baking sheet from the oven and allow the chips to come to room temperature
7) Enjoy Kale chips as a side and if you have some left, store in an airtight container.