Kale has seen a nice boost in popularity over the past few years. What was once a slimy stinky side of green mush is now being incorporated in all kinds of great ways in kitchens worldwide! ok, so maybe I got a little excited there – but seriously, it’s gained in popularity and there ARE recipes all around the internet and we hear people talking about kale a lot more than ever before.
And rightly so. Kale is one of those ‘wonder foods’ – it may even be classified as a ‘super food’ . It is one of the most nutritious foods around and it is SO easily accessible! I have several recipes I’ll share in the coming weeks. First up is one that admittedly is NOT super quick. But it IS easy and it IS worth the effort. 🙂
I make mine with a dehydrator but you can also cook them in a LOW temp oven until they are crispy.
I know most people don’t have a dehydrator – I got mine as a special treat when I was eating a 99% raw diet.
I have a 5 tray excalibur and it really does do a GREAT job.They have come down in price but are still a pretty decent investment.
I like to use fresh WHOLE leaves. I’ve tried with copped kale and it’s just not the same.
I don’t have measurements – this is a ‘to taste’ and ‘coat well’ method. So start with your kale and then mix a sauce that will give the kale a good coating.
Here is what went into the sauce I made the other day:
- Cold Pressed Extra Virgin Olive Oil
- Balsalmic Vinegar
- Nama Shoyu
- Rice Wine Vinegar
- Sea Salt
- Nutritional Yeast
- Chili Powder
Not necessarily bite sized, but not more than two bites or they make a huge mess when you eat them.
I do about two very full spinners for a batch of kale chips.
Lifting the spinner to rest on the middle ledge of the sink, I then spin without water to dry the kale.
Once the kale is spun clean and dry I just set it aside and get to work on my coating.
Once the sauce is mixed – dump in the kale.
I normally begin mixing gently with a large wooden spoon or spatula.
Once this is all mixed I will typically add another heaping spoonful or two of nutritional yeast.
I use two trays in my tray Excalibur dehydrator.
I usually dehydrate them at about 115 degrees for 2-3 hours – until they are nice and crispy!
Everyone in my house has tasted these and confirms they are good.
Since kale is so nutritious this is a snack you can feel good about eating (and serving to your family!)
Let me know if you give them a try, or share below your favorite way to eat kale!