We’re lucky (for many reasons) to live in Texas. We get to plant, grow, and harvest leafy greens all winter long. And who doesn’t love fresh kale, spinach, and swiss chard in December?
With our produce fridge filled to the brim with kale, it’s time to get creative. One of the beauties of this green is you can sautee it, pop it in a pasta dish, eat it raw or bake it.
A favorite around these parts is the kale chip. Salty, crunchy, and SUPER easy to prepare, it’s a snack go-to that won’t leave your stomach feeling like a hot mess.
The best part about this recipe is you need four ingredients. That’s it. Kale chips are the ultimate lazy snack food that is simultaneously healthy.
If that isn’t a win/win, we don’t know what is.
- 1 bunch curly leaf kale
- 3 teaspoons olive oil
- 3/4 teaspoon sea salt
- 3/4 teaspoon nutritional yeast
- Cracked pepper to taste
- Pinch of ground cayenne pepper (optional, but gives the chips a little bit of spice)
Pre-heat the oven to 350 degrees. Wash and remove the stems from the kale. The stems, while not part of the recipe, are good for composting, or if you have chickens, they love these. Rip up the kale into desired chip size pieces, and once dry place in a large mixing bowl. Mix in the rest of the ingredients, making sure that the leaves get evenly coated.
Line a baking sheet with parchment paper, spread the leaves in a single layer, making sure to not overcrowd so the chips will dry evenly. Bake for 12-15 minutes, until the kale ‘s crispy. After they’ve cooled, serve or store in paper bags. If you own a vacuum sealer, you can store the chips for longer – just make sure to wait until they’re cool. Don’t refrigerate, as this’ll make the chips extra soggy, extra fast.
If the chips do start to lose their crunch, you can re-crisp them by baking them again at 350 degrees for 5 minutes. They’ll crisp up as they cool.