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Sunday, April 6, 2014

Green Foodie: Kale Chips

my homemade kale chips
I have been thinking a lot about my site and posts that I want to add. I really want to become a more well-rounded site with fashion being the primary...featuring more food and personal style posts. I hope you all agree. I am also working on a new look for the site too...and maybe even a new name to better suit what I have in mind. But that's to come. For now, I want to start my first food post. I do a lot of cooking...and somehow it has become fun for me. I have no clue who I am anymore. I even like to grocery shop now. But I guess it started a couple of years ago when I was tested for a gluten-sensitivity. And that's just for starters. Obviously my foodstyle had to change and while I still eat out, changing your eating habits kind of makes you cook more.
Plus, I watch Food Network and Cooking channels like everyday. So yes, I am gluten-free (amongst other things). Well, back here lately the whole craze has been about Kale chips. While I love to eat kale (and juice with it), I wasn't sure if I would like it in a chip. I had bought a bag of kale chips all eager to try it and couldn't get past the first chew. For some reason it tasted awful. I happened to be watching a Queen Latifah show episode and she had on a chef who was working with kale and made kale chips. It was quite easy to make. So I was inspired. I had some kale in the fridge I had to cook pretty soon and decided to give it a try. All I can say is the result was amazing! Here is all I did:

Kale Chips
Preheat your oven to 350.
1. Wash your fresh kale.
2. Pull the leaves off of the stems and tear into pieces. You can determine the size you want of the leaves.
3. Put the kale leaves into a bowl.
4. Drizzle some olive oil (like a tbsp or so) and sprinkle salt (I use sea salt). You don't want to drench it in olive oil. And the salt is just to give a little flavor. But you can use whatever seasonings you want. I wanted to keep it simple since it was my first try.
5. Toss it around in the bowl to get an even coating.
6. Drizzle a little olive oil onto a baking sheet. I use a stainless steel one so I didn't want it to stick.
7. Throw the leaves onto your baking sheet and put into the oven (at 350) for about 10-12 minutes.

Voila! You have kale chips. You can monitor it in the oven and tailor to fit how crunchy you would like them. They were so good!! And it's a healthy alternative to chips. You won't feel bad snacking on them and you get your veggies in too. I am not a chef by any means, so you can always feel free to look up recipes...which is exactly what I do. But if you have different dietary needs like me, which I know I am not alone, I just want to share my journey with you all. And please, if you have any cool recipes for me to try please comment! I love testing out new things. Stay tuned for more foodie posts.

kale on baking sheet before going into oven
set oven at 350 for 10-12 mins.

kale in the oven

after kale comes out of the oven
Have you tried kale chips? Do you like them? If you make them, let me know what you think.

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