Kale – it’s what’s for dinner
Kale has always been a little scary to me. It looks like lettuce, but tastes nothing like it – it’s slightly bitter and chewy, and generally unappealing to me.
However, in researching Paleo, I noticed that there were several recipes that included kale, including roasted kale that supposedly tasted like salty chips. And I like salty chips! Mmm! And, I happened to have kale on hand, as I had recently picked up a bag of fresh locally grown veggies thanks to a deal I got though Kanu Hawaii and Oahu Fresh. I took advantage of being home sick for the day and dragged myself out of bed and into the kitchen, where I proceeded to wash, rip, and roast the kale.
Here’s what I started with, and what I ended up with – it was quite amazing how the kale shrunk down.
Wow, right? I tried a piece, and it actually was delicious – although I discovered too late that I used way too much salt. The next batch that I made was much better, and I think it could easily be eaten as a snack or used as a garnish for meals. Yum!
If you’d like to try it, here’s the super-duper easy recipe!
-1 bunch kale
-olive or coconut oil
-sea salt and other seasonings of your choice (I used cinnamon and salt for my second batch, and it worked really nicely)
Directions – preheat oven to 350 degrees. Wash kale and dry VERY well. Rip the leaves from the stalks into bite sized pieces (bigger is ok than smaller, as they shrink down quite a bit). Spread onto pan (I used my silpat baking mat on a cookie sheet – if you don’t have a baking mat, try parchment paper or foil – would probably work just as well), and drizzle with oil of your choice. Sprinkle sea salt (careful not to use too much like I did) and roast for about 10 minutes.
Enjoy your crunchy snack!