How to Get My Husband to Eat His Vegetables: a Kale Chip Tutorial

by ilene on March 30, 2011 · 13 comments

in jeff, recipes

I discovered the way to get Jeff to eat leafy greens is to make them in chip form.  He doesn’t like to eat salads but if I make vegetables taste as good as a salty, crispy potato chip, he can’t stop reaching for them.  (I also hide lots of vegetables in thick chili for him) Finally a way for him to get all those rich antioxidant nutrients!

Ingredients: Kale, olive oil spray (not pictured), kosher salt, pepper, paprika, garlic salt:

There are different varieties of kale: plain flat leafed and curly leafed.  I used curly leafed kale but either works and tastes great.

1. Wash, dry and de-stem kale leaves:

2. Place leaves on a baking sheet and lightly spray with olive oil on both sides.  Stick into a pre-heated oven set at 350 degrees:

3.  Watch oven carefully. The leave should turn crisp at about 15 minutes.  Each oven is different so baking time may vary.  But if you aren’t on guard, the kale leaves will burn pretty quickly.  Take out of oven and let cool. You’ll notice that the leaves shrink quite a bit:

4. Sprinkle with spices and serve!!

Something about baking kale makes it change from bitter to light and crispy!  It’s totally addicting, too!!  It kind of tastes like dried Japanese seaweed.  You must eat these immediately after baking them because they don’t keep well overnight.  But if you have a husband like mine, they won’t last out more than a few minutes!

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1 chefshellina March 30, 2011 at 10:59 pm

Alright, I gotta say- this kinda freaks me out! Kale chips?! I’ll have to try it though- thanks for the challenge, Ilene. 😉

2 Julian March 30, 2011 at 11:32 pm

When I saw this one of the pictures looked like it spelled some words:

HIDNY FANO or something lol.

3 Donna March 30, 2011 at 11:33 pm

I love kale! I usually make the zuppa toscana soup from Olive Garden with kale but I have to try this recipe too.

4 Jenny ~ Something Old, Something New March 31, 2011 at 10:09 am

Yum these look delicious! I’ve had kale chips before and loved them. I’ll have to try this out!

5 sharla May 11, 2011 at 12:02 am

We saw these on HUNGRY GIRL months ago, and started making them. We love them- they are surprisingly very very good!! 🙂 We have tried them w/ different kinds of kale and they always turn out yummy

6 Teresa May 21, 2011 at 6:34 pm

Ilene, these are *amazing*! I just made them for my mom and dad and some of their friends who were in town for the weekend, and they were impressed and delighted. Thanks!

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