Tuesday, 2 February 2010

Kale Chips


Some days I think of food,
and of what I'd like to eat,
I think in terms of color,
and melt in your mouth treats.....
apples, radishes, cherries,
Mangoes, carrots, nectarines,
artichokes, lettuce, broccoli,
plums, prunes and aubergines......
A rainbow of high nutrients,
a big broad palette to use,
paint your plate with variety,
from fruits and veggies you choose.......

Method :

1 big bunch of curly Kale
1 tablespoon olive oil
sea salt
mixed dried herbs
paprika or chili flakes

Wash the kale leaves, pat dry then tear off the leaves
from the stem into bite sized portions.
In a bowl drizzle the olive oil, and massage gently
to coat the leaves, then add the herbs and salt......

Line a baking tray with parchment paper and spread 
the kale leaves in one layer.
Bake at 140C for 10 - 12 minutes till crisp and done.
Be careful, depending on your oven the timing will differ,
and in two minutes the crisps can burn, so after 10minutes
keep checking......with practice in your oven, you'll get
the timing perfect........


I began making Kale crisps two years ago,
and I usually use my dehydrator instead of the oven,
but both work just fine.......

Kale has the highest nutrient density of all greens.
I use it in smoothies but I have never really enjoyed cooked kale
or kale in salads either.......
So crisps are a wonderful way of getting all those green nutrients
inside you in a way that is totally pleasurable!

Other Variations : 

With oil and sea salt:
cumin powder, dried tamarind powder, chili flakes.....
garam masala, garlic flakes, grated lemon rind......
tahini, honey, orange juice.......
balsamic vinegar, paprika.......

For crisps with wet dressings, like honey
or balsamic vinegar etc, you might need to 
turn them over after 10 minutes or so, and bake
the other side for around 5 minutes more.....

These crisps are just like any other in the sense,
once you start you can't stop - the difference is
that these are Good for You, so you can indulge
and enjoy this treat, it is totally guilt free!!! :-)


Keep it Simple. Be Creative.
Taste and Play. Find your Own Way.

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