I have a confession to make: I have found a new love. It’s getting pretty serious. We have encounters at least once a week, and even though I didn’t think I’d be into it, I don’t think I can ever look back.
OK, so my new love’s a vegetable. Kale, to be specific. For those of you who are not familiar (I was not until very recently), kale is a dark leafy green vegetable rich with anti-oxidants, vitamins, and fiber. A quick Google search on “health benefits of kale” brings up 243,000 results… one of which told me that kale is good for everything from alleviating chronic pain, preventing cancer, and detoxifying the body.
I actually feel healthier looking at these pictures of green goodness.
And recently, the food blogosphere has been wild over kale. I can’t seem to escape it no matter what feed I’m reading- in recipes for soups, stews, and salads. However, a few weeks ago, my first-ever foray into kale entailed baking this nutritious nom into a crispy, perfect little chip, complete with some delicious lemony salt seasoning. (Update: I just wanted to give a shout out to my pal Vincci, whose recipe actually wast he impetus for me even deciding to try kale in the first place!)
I made these for our Superbowl party- and ended up having to make two more batches because people kept requesting more. Luckily, these babies are super easy to make- earning them a spot in both Healthy and Speedy Noms!
Serves 2 (or 1, if you’re feeling crazy)
- 3-4 large kale leaves
- Olive oil
- Lemon juice
1. Preheat oven to 375.
2. Tear kale into bite size pieces, leaving out the tough stem. Lay out in a single layer on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper or foil.
3. Drizzle with olive oil, and bake for 6-8 minutes.
4. Remove kale from oven, sprinkle with salt and lemon juice to taste.
5. Enjoy this surprisingly delicious and nutritious snack to the max!
For those of you who are choosy about their vegetables, I guarantee you will like this snack. I’ve made a kale convert of my mom, and even my DB who hates vegetables (I know… I know) enjoyed these. So… what are you waiting for? This is one food trend I’m 100% on board with!