Hey all! I’ve been MIA for the past few weeks, but I’m back 🙂 Here’s a new recipe that is great for summer–kale chips! They are so easy, and the method can be used to make many things into chips with a few small adjustments. So this is a great recipe to keep because it is so versatile.
For the kale chips, all you need is:
- a bunch of kale (washed, dried, stems removed or cut)
- about 1 tablespoon of oil (I prefer and recommend coconut oil or any other high heat oil, like safflower or grapeseed)
- 1 tablespoon of sea salt
- Optional: 1 tablespoon of cracked pepper, chili powder, or seasoning of choice
All you need to do is:
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees F
- Wash, dry, and trim kale
- Layer a baking sheet with a very thin coating of oil or line with parchment paper
- Whisk oil and seasoning in a bowl; throw in kale and toss using tongs
- Spread kale on baking sheet (let excess oil drip into bowl before placing on baking sheet)
- Bake for 10-15 minutes (you want the kale to be browned and crispy but not burnt, so keep an eye on it)
Voila! The whole process should take less than 30 minutes.
You can also use this method to make potato chips! The best kind? Sweet potato chips. Ingredients will remain the same, with the exception of using sweet potatoes instead of kale. All you need to do is make a few small adjustments in the preparation:
- Preheat oven to 400 degrees F or 450 (sweet potatoes are thick and hard so a higher temperature is necessary)
- Slice sweet potatoes into chips (I like to leave the skin on)
- Whisk oil and seasoning, throw in chips and toss (you maybe need a little more oil and seasoning if you use 2 or 3 potatoes; 1 tablespoon of oil and seasoning to 1 potato)
- Spread on baking sheet and bake for 30 minutes or until chips are browned and crispy (again, watch for browning and you may need to test for crispiness. If you wish to bake longer, be my guest! Don’t be afraid, just watch for burning)
- When done, let cool and serve
Homemade chips of any kind are a great alternative to store bought chips–no unnecessary ingredients or preservatives. Kale chips have the added bonus of getting you your greens, too! What’s better than eating chips and knowing you’re eating well? Kale is a superfood packed with nutrition, and sweet potatoes are good complex carbs, providing sustainable energy for your active days.
Summer is around the corner, and healthy snacks are a must with all the barbequing, parties, and down time that comes with it–especially for kids. With school out and more free time, kids may be reaching for more snacks. Be prepared for trips to the pool, beach, park, or elsewhere with healthy, home-packed snacks, and you can have more of a care-free summer!