Recipe: Best Kale Chips Ever!

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If you’re looking for a way to satisfy those crunchy, salty cravings, we have the perfect recipe for you. Kale chips are an easy, healthy snack that can help your family to eat more greens and become involved in the kitchen.
 
Kale is a super food that has 10 percent of your daily calcium and iron and it’s high in vitamins A & C. The mild maritime climate in our region means Oregon grown kale is available year round. Winter is a great time to try kale, because it actually gets sweeter after a frost. You can get kale at a winter farmers market or grocery stores near you!
 
If kids help cook it, they’ll be more likely to try new recipes. And who doesn’t want their kids eating more nutrient packed foods like kale? Encourage your kids to help wash and dry kale leaves, tear leaves off the thick stems, toss in oil, place on baking sheets, and help season leaves after they are baked.
 
The keys to getting the kale chips sweet and crispy is making sure the leaves are completely dry before tossing in oil, and baking them low and slow. Bake at 250 degrees for about 20 minutes. Keep an eye on them once you hit the 15-minute mark so they don’t brown and turn bitter..
 
Have you tried kale chips yet? What’s your favorite way to top them? Leave a comment below so others can try your recipe tips.
 
Oregon Grown Kale Chips
Ingredients
  • 1 bunch fresh Oregon grown Lacinato kale (about 8 cups, chopped)
  • 1 tablespoon canola or olive oil
  • 1⁄2 teaspoon salt
Directions
  1. Preheat oven to 250 degrees.
  2. Wash kale leaves.
  3. Dry kale leaves thoroughly by blotting with towels.
  4. Tear leaves off the thick stem.
  5. Compost/discard stems.
  6. Tear leaves into 1-2 inch pieces.
  7. Place in large bowl.
  8. Drizzle oil over kale and toss to coat well.
  9. Place kale leaves onto cookie sheet in a single layer and with minimum overlap.
  10. Bake at 250 degrees for 15-20 minutes. Check at 15 minutes. Avoid browning.
  11. Sprinkle with salt.
  12. Serve immediately.
Notes: Try cheese, chili peppers or garlic as seasoning.
Time: Approximately 10 minutes with cleanup, plus 15-20 minutes cooking.
Cost: Approximately $0.70 / half cup serving.
Nutrition: 60 calories per half cup serving (with salt only) high in vitamins A and C, calcium and iron.
 
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