With the hot weather tease we got a few weeks back, I began to remember an important event that is closing in on the horizon: bikini season…! Yes people, it is fast approaching and to say the least I am beyond scared. Not only have I begun the three-month challenge at Lyzabeth Lopez’s Hourglass Workout, but I have also embraced many a food that I wouldn’t have dared to touch before. Case in point: kale chips. These babies have come to my potato chip craving rescue and proven themselves to be a true testament to the original. They are delicious, low in fat, not fried, and totally nutritious. Considering they cost an arm and a leg at Whole Foods, why not take 20-30 minutes and make your own? Here are three recipes I recently tried out:
Garlic Parmesan Friends
1 bunch of Kale
1 tablespoon of Olive Oil
½ cup of Grated Parmesan
1 tablespoon of Garlic Powder
1 teaspoon or large pinch of Salt
½ teaspoon of Cracked Black Pepper
Wash kale thoroughly, getting all the grit out. Pat the leaves dry and then take the leaves off the stem. Rip the leaves into bite-size or chip size portions. Put leaves in a bowl and coat evenly with the olive oil.
Once all leaves are sufficiently covered with the oil, sprinkle on everything else except for the Parmesan. Put into a preheated 350F oven for 10-12 mins, or until crispy (not brown!). Take out chips and sprinkle the Parmesan all over so that each chip gets some cheese and they’re nice and cozy. Put back into the oven until cheese melts (about 2 mins). Take out and eat!
Easy Peasy Cajun BBQ
1 bunch of Kale
1 tablespoon of Olive Oil – easier with the spray kind
Sarah’s Cajun mix, which consists of: 1 tablespoon Garlic Powder, 1 tablespoon Onion Powder, 2 teaspoons White Pepper, 2 teaspoons Salt, 2 teaspoons Cracked Black Pepper, 2 teaspoons Dried Thyme, 2 teaspoons Dried Oregano, 1 teaspoon Cayenne Pepper, and 1 teaspoon Paprika
Pre-heat oven to 350F.
Do the same prep as with the last recipe (wash, dry, rip kale, add olive oil). Sprinkle 2 tablespoons of the Cajun mix over the oiled Kale and make sure all of the kale has some sprinkles (if not, no flavor!).
Once everybody’s covered, transfer to a baking sheet and spread out the leaves evenly. Pop chips into the oven for about 10 to 15 minutes. Keep checking on them to make sure they don’t burn. They’re ready once they are crispy!
We have another Vegan recipe that we’ve made but the pics were kinda screwy so we’ll post that one soon.
In the meantime, give these guys a whirl. CAUTION! They’re highly addictive!