Happy President’s Day, everyone! For those of you who have the day off – lucky you! As for the rest of us poor slobs who have to be in the office today (or are at home with kids who have the day off), well, at least we’re employed (or have a home to stay in).
It’s always good to look on the bright side, don’t you think?
This week’s Make Ahead Monday recipe is for my new favorite snack – Kale Chips. Kale is one of the most nutritious leafy green vegetables you can eat – a serving of kale (1 cup raw, 1/2 cup cooked) contains 206% of the RDA of vitamin A, 134% of vitamin C, 684% of vitamin K, 10% of calcium, 10% of potassium and 2 grams of fiber. There’s a good reason it’s often referred to as a “super food!”
Because kale is such a hearty, sturdy green, it holds up extremely well to cooking – in this instance, roasting. Roasting gives it a light, crispy (albeit fragile) texture, and the earthy, slightly bitter flavor stands up well to strong seasonings, so don’t be afraid to go bold if you like.
These are wonderfully addictive – like Lay’s potato chips, you won’t be able to eat just one. But unlike potato chips, you don’t have to worry about eating them by the handful; not only are kale chips good, they’re good for you!
These will keep very well for several days in an airtight container at room temperature…if you can keep them around that long!
- 2 bunches kale, stems removed and torn into pieces (about 1 pound)
- 4 tablespoons olive oil, divided
- kosher or sea salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste
- Preheat the oven to 325 F.
- Place half the kale in a large bowl; drizzle lightly with 2 tablespoons olive oil and sprinkle with salt and pepper.
- Toss gently to coat the greens, then spread them evenly on a large, rimmed baking sheet. Repeat with the remaining greens and oil on a second baking sheet.
- Bake for 30 minutes, or until crispy, stirring the kale every 10 minutes until done.
- Cool and place in an airtight container.
- Nutrition (per serving): 88 calories, 7.2g total fat, 0mg cholesterol, 24.5mg sodium, 253.5mg potassium, 5.7g carbohydrates, 1.1g fiber, 0g sugar, 1.9g protein.
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