“Mom, I’m hungry!” I swear it is what I hear bellowing out of my beloved children’s mouths 70% of the time they speak. These kids are expense y’all. They keep expecting to be fed and when I want to put healthy items, like kale chips, into their bellies, it can get really expensive, really fast. No lie, I grabbed a snack size bag for my kids and it was over $5.
Grow kale. You may not be the gardener type, but you can even stick it in a container and if your kids harvest it, they will be more likely to eat it….and it is the world’s easiest snack to make.
I love that these taste SO much better than the store variety and we can play with the different kale varieties – we prefer curly – and ramp it up with some awesome toppings. Your mind will be blown when you see how simple this is.
Here is a little PSA with love from me to you before you dig into the recipe.
…and now you know why I have to dye my hair.
Easy Kale Chips Recipe
- A bunch of kale
- Olive oil
- Preheat oven to 325 and place a baking sheet covered with foil inside.
- Grab a bunch of kale.
- Place in a colander, clean, rip into 2″ pieces and rinse.
- Pour 1/4 cup of extra virgin olive oil over the top.
- Toss the kale in the colander to ensure it is covered with EVOO.
- Using an oven mitt, grab hot baking sheet out of the oven. Pour kale out of the colander onto the baking sheet and separate.
- Bake for 35 minutes. Keep an eye on it around 25 minutes. Cooking times will vary based on ovens, the moisture level of kale, etc.
- Remove from oven and sprinkle with kosher salt.
Are you laughing that I mentioned using an oven mitt? Don’t. I know you are busy when you are making these and the last thing I want you to do is burn your hand. So there. I am looking out for ya.
Once you have mastered the basic version, try these. You won’t be disappointed!
Other kale chip variations:
Cheesy: Add grated parmesan with the EVOO (OMG! So good!)
Salt and Vinegar: add sea salt and red wine or malt vinegar
Salt and Pepper: add salt and pepper ***insert eye roll***
Spicy: add red pepper flakes or add Siracha to the EVOO (Kapow!)
Our Fave: Add Liquid Aminos or Soy Sauce with a splash of toasted sesame oil in the EVOO
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This post was written by Val Curtis exclusively for BonBon Break Media, LLC.