Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Kale Chips

We discovered kale last summer from our co-op.  I had never tried kale in all my 40+ years, but I had seen it cooked on Food Network, so I sauteed some chopped kale in olive oil with chopped garlic, salt and pepper.  Our whole family loved it!  Big Mac loved it so much, he requested kale for his birthday supper.  Amazing.

Well, I read about kale chips on Pintrest recently and I thought I'd give it a shot.  The ingredients were simple enough, but not completely weight watchers friendly.  So I switched out the oil for vegetable oil spray.  And it worked!

The process is easy. Preheat the oven to 350-degrees. Lay the chopped kale (I buy it already chopped at the grocery store.) in a single layer on a baking sheet sprayed with vegetable oil spray.  I used my baking stone.  I love my baking stone.

Spray the top of the kale chips with vegetable oil spray and then sprinkle with salt and 1-2 Tbs of parmesan.   These chips bake-up quickly, so keep an eye on them.  Bake them for about 10 to 15 minutes.  When they come out of the oven, they will be crunchy and delish!  This is all that was left when I thought to take a picture.

A couple tips:  do not load the kale onto the tray.  Put it in a single layer on the tray and give a little room between leaves.  I used the bagged kale, but I think I would take whole leaves and cut them into larger pieces.  The chips shrunk up quite a bit so when I used the chopped kale these chips were tiny.  Now, that didn't keep us from eating them, but we would have bigger chips if I chopped them from the whole leaf.

Give 'em a try.  They're less than 1 WW point and they satisfy those crunchy snack urges.

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