Kale Chips

Kale Chips

The perfect snack for any royal highness. Loaded with folate, calcium, and grand umami flavor. Naturally free of major allergens.

By DeliberateFare.com

Kale to the Princess! I can't help it. Every time that I eat kale I sing (sometimes in my head, sometimes not) the song, "Hail to the Princess, Aurora" from Disney's "Sleeping Beauty," with music composed by the great Tchaikovsky. Aurora has long been my favorite princess. She is no fuss, no muss, likes long walks outdoors, sings to herself and her animal friends, and gets to take a long nap. What is there not to love?

Kale Chips are my go-to when I want something to crunch on whilst watching my favorite flick. It has the same feel as popcorn, without the stomach upset and jaw injury that I get from eating the standard movie munchie. Plus, it is loaded with folate and calcium. Kale has natural umami, and the dehydrating method of baking in a low-temperature oven brings out this regally savory flavor. I'd say this is exactly what every princess should be snacking on to stay naturally beautiful and healthful. "Long live the Princess Aurora!"

INGREDIENTS

  • 3.5 cups raw kale, cleaned and chopped into 2-3-inch pieces
  • Vegetable oil spray (coconut or grapeseed)
  • Kosher salt, to taste

METHOD

  1. Preheat oven to 200 degrees. Line two rimmed baking sheets with silicone mats; set aside.
  2. Make certain kale is thoroughly dried. Inspect for any molded pieces and discard those.
  3. Divide kale between two prepared baking sheets, spreading kale out so that it forms one layer.
  4. Lightly spray kale with vegetable oil spray. Using hands, gently toss and then spread kale to one layer.
  5. Place baking sheets into preheated oven and bake at 200 degrees for up to 2 hours. Check and gently toss with spatula every 30-minutes or until done. When done, kale will be lightly crispy.
  6. Remove baking sheets from oven; turn off oven. Season chips with salt to taste.
  7. Allow to cool completely before storing.

SUGGESTIONS

  • Kale Chips may be stored in plastic ziplock bag in pantry for several days.
  • I sometimes have no time to spare for washing, cutting, and drying kale, so I often resort to using pre-washed, pre-chopped kale sold at my local grocery in cellophane bags. Finding these bags is like finding a needle in a haystack; I usually spot them next to the parsnips and turnips and not nearby the other bagged salad greens. Go figure.
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