Thursday, November 3, 2011

My healthy addiction..

There was a time in my life where turning a vegetable into a chip, aside from the obvious, scared the pants off of me. I mean, what a concept! I'm not sure where this intimidation stemmed from, but I'm sure it is not unlike my fear of frying things {which is nuts, considering I'm a southern gal- but that grease is hot!} and circular needles {well, thats off subject!}. The fear of the unknown..scary stuff!

LUCKILY thanks to my fearless husband, and lots of practice, I overcame my fear of transforming some of my favorite veggies into snacks. Case in point: Kale Chips. I kid you not, these will blow your everlovin' mind. Plus they're healthy! Who'da thunk. They take absolutely no time at all, so I typically throw some in while i'm cooking or before watching a show or movie, although more often than not, I never make it to the couch with more than just a few chips left. Yes, they're that good.

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~~ Kale Chips ~~
{These babies are so simple, a recipe almost seems silly..}


Kale leaves, however many you'd like, torn into bite-sized pieces
{note: the leaves cook down quite a bit so 1: don't be shy on the amount you decide to cook, and 2. don't be afraid to "crowd" them a bit on the pan}

Olive Oil
{ANOTHER note: I like to spray the leaves and pan with regular olive oil to prevent sticking and browning, and then drizzle just a little extra virgin over the leaves for flavor}

Salt and Pepper
{YET another note: go easy on the salt! Kale chips really soak up the stuff. I tend to lightly salt them pre-baking, and then if they need a little extra, which they usually don't, I add more when they're done} 

Lemon juice {optional- but so good}


Preheat oven to 350

Cover a baking sheet with parchment paper

add kale in a single layer to baking sheet

drizzle with olive oil, add salt and peppr

Cook for about 12-15 minutes
{If you're using a toaster oven, like I tend to do, just 10 minutes will do}

add lemon juice, if desired

enjoy an incredibly amazing and healthy  snack! 


Told ya it was easy. Now, go make some! Trust will be an addict too! It's's a good thing ;)

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