One of the ways that I managed to keep up my veggie consumption during my previous eating paleo was through making baked kale chips.
They’re incredibly simple and rather tasty to boot, so after being asked for my recipe a few times by other people I’ve decided to share it here.
To start off with, you need kale:
Strip the flexible portions off of the thick center stem and wash them if you need to, then lay them out on a baking tray. I personally use a pyrex baking dish because it can fit into my dish washer, while the baking trays cannot.
To make it easier to eat once cooked, you should tear the kale pieces into smaller sizes, so that you can easily eat them as finger food. Don’t worry about leaving space between the pieces, but don’t overlap them or they won’t get any flavouring later in the process.
The next step is to add the oil and any flavoring that you want. I use spray oil for no reason other than pure convenience on my part. I’ve even dipped the leaves in oil in the past, but that was far messier.
However you do it, all you need is a light, thin layer of oil on top of the kale. This helps it to crisp properly and helps the flavouring stick. Baked kale chips have a very bland flavour to me. It’s not objectionable, but I like something with a bit of a stronger taste, so I lightly salt the kale chips after I spray on the oil.
Now that everything’s ready, we need to bake the kale. I preheat the oven to 350 degrees and put the tray on the middle rack.
The time is the trickiest part of the entire recipe. On my oven, it takes 20 minutes to bake the kale. However, the time can change depending on how much oil is on the kale pieces and how your oven heats. My friend’s oven burns the kale if he leaves it in for longer than 5 minutes.
Ideally, you want to bake the kale until it is crispy, leaving you with a tasty and healthy substitute for potato chips. Here’s how my batch looked when complete:
My suggestion is to check them regularly for the first couple of times that you cook them in your oven, and use that to establish your timeline.
A single bundle of kale can make quite a large quantity of kale chips. I find that they always taste better fresh, so I tend to just cook them as needed rather than stocking up on them.
Good luck and I hope you enjoy them as much as I do!