Kale: Lettuce on Steroids!! 6


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Oh dear!  I am about to share a recipe for Kale Crisps.  I think if my siblings read this post, they will think I have been taken over by aliens…or had a stroke…or sold my soul.  I guess I am known for my sweet tooth, not for my healthy habits.  

So, maybe I am turning over a new “leaf”.  I am cracking myself up today!  LOL!!  Here is my recipe for Kale Crisps.  I can’t call them Kale Chips; they are Kale Crisps. It isn’t a chip.  A chip has substance and bite.  These, well these…are crispy.  And, if you can believe it, slightly addicting.  I didn’t believe it.  I was wondering what all the hype was about.  It’s just baked lettuce, right?? Gross.

But, then I put aside my tendency to be judgmental of unfamiliar food and decided to give them a try.  I guess I am trying to be less judgmental…of pretend lettuce. 🙂

So, here are the ingredients. I did a little research to get the best Kale Crisps and these are the directions I followed:

Kale Crisps
A yummy version of Kale Chips with kosher salt and Parmesan cheese.
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Ingredients
  1. Kale
  2. Olive or vegetable oil
  3. Kosher salt
  4. Parmesan cheese
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Line cookie sheet with aluminum foil.
  3. Wash Kale and pull them from the stems. As you pull them off the stalk, they will fall into smaller chip size pieces. If you have larger pieces, you may want to pull them apart.
  4. Dry kale with paper towels.
  5. Toss kale with a small amount of oil. I used about 1 Tbsp.
  6. Lay kale out on cookie sheet, spreading it apart so they are separated from one another.
  7. Sprinkle with kosher salt and Parmesan cheese.
  8. Bake in oven for 15 to 20 minutes until they feel dry and crispy.
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Here are some of the health benefits of kale:

1.  Kale is high in iron and fiber and has no fat and a tiny amount of calories (between 33 and 36 calories for one cup).

2. Kale is a great antioxidant, which helps fight against aging, disease and even cancer.

3.  Kale has omega-3!!  We all know that is good for our physical and mental health.

4.  Kale is high in Vitamin C, Vitamin K, Vitamin A, and Calcium.  All of these are great for our bodies!

5.  Eating kale can help lower cholesterol…now adding cheese and salt may counterbalance that… 🙂

Facts taken from Mind, Body, Green.com

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So…give it a try.  Even my husband (who is slightly suspicious of all things green that he puts in his mouth…) ate these little things.

Kale Not Lettuce

 Yum, good for you, and something new.  Try not to be judgmental of my lettuce.

Parmesan Kale Crisps

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6 thoughts on “Kale: Lettuce on Steroids!!

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    The Dose of Reality

    I am SO EXCITED!! I do like veggies, but I don’t tend to try new things. I ADORE broccolini (which is broccoli crossed with Chinese kale). It’s my favorite thing. I never would have thought to make these kale crisps…but I am definitely pinning this to Pinterest right now and I’m making these!! I can’t wait! YAY!!! –Lisa

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      balmtomysoul Post author

      Great!! I have never tried broccolini. I guess I have something new to try as well!! Thanks for visiting!!

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      balmtomysoul Post author

      Yes, I tried it plain and wouldn’t probably do that again!! It is pretty gross just that way, at least for me!! Have a great day!