Monday, July 23, 2012

Adventures in Food: Kale Chips!

I wrote a guest blog post about kale for my friend and fellow nutritionist, Justine. I'll link to it as soon as it is up. 

I made kale chips this evening in order to take a picture for the blog. I pulled them out of the oven, just as the girls were finishing dinner. I love kale chips and usually dive right in when they come out of the oven. I gave the girls some to try and they were a HUGE hit. I'm talking every-baby's-love-for-fruit huge. If they didn't have kale chips in front of them, they would growl and yell at me. I couldn't get a good picture of Teagan, who also loved to crush them in her hands, but here's a good picture of Quinn, who probably devoured half of the tray herself. 

And of course, the recipe!

Kale chips

1 bunch of organic kale
Apprxomiately 1 tbsp. olive oil
A lemon (the vitamin C will help your body absorb the iron in the kale!)
Sea salt

  • Preheat oven to 200 degrees Fahrenheit
  • Remove the leaves from the stems and cut into 1-2 inch pieces
  • Toss kale pieces in olive oil and lemon juice (try ¼ - ½ lemon) and sea salt to taste
  • Bake for approximately 90 minutes

Note: Resist the urge to increase the temperature. Cooking at a low temperature dehydrates the kale and preserves much of the nutrition. Also resist the urge to add more oil because that will only make the chips soggy. 

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