Friday, November 12, 2010

kale is keen

Where has kale been all my life?

I can't ever remember eating kale as a child...or as a teenager...or as a college student.  I don't think I discovered the stuff until after I got married.  How sad is that!

Kale is one of the best greens out there.  It holds its shape so well that it works excellently in soups.  But, as I recently discovered, it also tastes amazing when it is roasted.  If you've never tried it, I encourage you to give it a go.  It's one of those "superfoods" that really does taste super!

Kale chips are one of the easiest ways to eat kale.  After washing the leaves, run a knife along the stalk on either side.

Put your leaves in a bowl and drizzle with just a small amount of olive oil.  Sprinkle some salt and pepper or (my favorite) Creole seasoning and toss.

Place on a foil-lined cookie sheet and bake at 350 for about 10 minutes or just until crispy. 

Eat these immediately!  They are definitely better when fresh and make a delightful garnish to any plate.

Kale Chips
1 cup kale leaves, separated from stalks
1/2 t. olive oil
salt and pepper to taste

Toss leaves with olive oil and seasonings.  Place on foil-lined cookie sheet and bake at 350 degrees for 10 minutes or until crispy. 

Nutrition (entire recipe): 53 calories, 3g fat, 0g saturated fat, 0g trans fat, 0mg cholesterol, 29mg sodium, 7g carbs, 1g fiber, 0g sugar, 2g protein, 206% vit. A, 134% vit. C, 9% calcium, 6% iron.


  1. It has never even occured to me to eat kale! that's the same pretty stuff that's planted outside restaurants and hotels because of its flowering beauty, right? Thanks for the interesting post! :-)

  2. I've never eaten kale cooked with this method - I have had it shredded and added to soups. This is a great healthy side!


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