Is it just me or are those bunches of Kale enormous?? Sometimes they can be more that I know what to do with. Besides juice kale, making kale chips is the easiest way that I know of to use up the Kale and you get a great snack.
Kale chips are a great way to use up a big bunch of kale!
1 bunch kale ¼ cup extra-virgin olive oil 1 tsp garlic sea salt
Preheat oven to 350° F. Destem the kale leaves and coarsely chop the leaves. Add them to a bowl. Drizzle olive oil and massage the olive oil into the kale leaves. Spread the kale leaves on a single layer on a rimmed baking sheet. Sprinkle with garlic sea salt. Bake for 15 minutes or until crisp but not burnt. Watch closely towards the end to avoid burning. You may need to use a spatula to rotate the kale leaves on the sheet as they are cooking.
Pictorial steps from the top: Detem the kale, coarsely chop, drizzle and massage olive oil into kale, once spread evenly on a baking sheet, sprinkle with garlic sea salt, and cook!
Last year I started
The 52 New Foods Challenge: A Family Cooking Adventure for Each Week of the Year, with 150 Recipes . My goal was to try the new food designated for each week and to blog about why others might want to try it too. Well, I didn’t quite finish it. 🙁 So I’ve decided to start it again. Many of the foods might not be “new” for me or for you, but I like the idea of trying new things and shaking up my day-to-day food routine.
Good source of vitamins K, C, and A
Contains more than twice the the level of antioxidants of other leafy greens
Antioxidants include: beta-carotene, lute in, zeaxanthin
Good source of folate, fiber, manganese, potassium, copper, and calcium
It scores 1000/1000 on the ANDI score (a rating of nutrients per calorie)
Is good for preventing: cancer, cardiovascular disease, degenerative eye diseases, and stomach ulcers
Red leaf kale varieties have more nutrients than green leaf varieties
Has more calcium than milk!!!!!
Raw often has more nutrients
However, raw kale, like other raw cruciferous veggies (broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage, brussels, etc.) can be goitrogenic, if you have thyroid problems – it is important that you eat cooked kale
For kale chips, 350 degrees produces the most nutrient chips
From Eating on the Wild Side: The Missing Link to Optimum Health
by Jo Robinson, The 52 New Foods Challenge: A Family Cooking Adventure for Each Week of the Year, with 150 Recipes by Jennifer Tyler Lee, and Superfoods: The Healthiest Foods on the Planet by Tonia Reinhard.