02 October 2012

baked kale chips and thoughts on nutrition

02 October 2012
farmer's market spread

i joked with james this past weekend that i am going through a lifestyle revolution. i distinctly remember arguing over the price of organic tomatoes 5 years ago: james gently trying to tell me about the importance of eating organic when you can (especially if you're eating the skin of the fruit or vegetable), while i stubbornly and ignorantly said i had survived this long without organic food and anyway, it was too expensive to eat that way.

you see, i grew up on beef and pork, mashed potatoes and corn, pop tarts, cheetos, fanta, candy bars, and doughnuts. a healthy snack was a jell-o cup. no one talked about refined carbs or soy lecithin and if there were organic options at the grocery store, i sure don't remember seeing them.

fast forward a couple of years after the tomato incident, a couple of michael pollan books, a couple of family health scares, and i realized how close-minded i had been. the more i educated myself about the chemicals and additives in processed foods and how eating impacts overall health, the more i realized i wanted to change my habits. historically, i've had a complicated relationship with food and viewed it only in terms of its impact on my weight.

but my new outlook is about putting wholesome, healthy, delicious foods into my body. the benefit being nourishing my body and being healthier for me, for james, and for our future kids. it's not about weight control - it's about living healthy and feeling great. i hope you'll join me as i learn more about healthy eating and more about preparing nourishing foods. i find it really exciting when i can prepare something that is truly delicious and wholesome...

like these kale chips!

i have been excited to try this quick and easy recipe, so when i spied kale from local farmer's market this weekend i snagged a head. the mr. was pretty skeptical, but let me tell you, he is a believer! these chips are crunchy, flavorful and were eaten in 5 minutes.

i seasoned ours with a dash of sea salt, black pepper, and penzey's garden salad seasoning gifted to us by my friend, meg, but you can use whatever spices strike your fancy. see the recipe below for ideas!

TIP: bake time is the only thing you really need to play close attention to with this recipe. bake until the edges begin to darken and curl, but be careful not to over-bake. 

baked kale chips

·       1 bunch kale
·       1 tbsp. olive oil
·       sea-salt or flavored salt
·       pepper

1. preheat oven to 300°F. rinse and dry kale. cut off stems and remove center ribs.

2. chop or tear into 1-inch pieces. in a bowl, toss with olive oil and a dash of salt and pepper.

3. line baking sheet with parchment paper. align kale pieces in single layer and bake for 20 minutes, or until crisp.

try seasoning with:
chili powder
lemon juice
apple cider vinegar

click here to download printable recipe card!


Rachel said...

I have to admit I've never tried kale, but always wanted to! These look yummy.

Life Unsweetened

Alison Dulaney said...

I love kale chips! I just featured them last week. I will have to try the different seasonings that you recommended. So healthy and delicious!


christin said...

Kale stir fried in bacon, no joke, is the only way I can eat it. Otherwise it's my worst enemy.

And SO glad about your change of perspective about nutrition. I have so many friends that prefer to be ignorant and it makes me want to shake them, especially the ones that let their kids have soda and a slough of other processed foods.

alongobucco said...

I love the way you're re-thinking your relationship with healthy foods. I've always love to cook and eat, but I've noticed as I've gotten older that I'm more aware of what I put in my body. Kale chips are so yummy! I made some and posted the recipe on my blog a while back, too. I love that they're SO quick and easy, and you actually feel like you're snacking healthy!

The Glossy Life

Allyson [Mimosas in the Morning] said...

I'm so excited to try these! I have definitely been leaning toward more organic and non processed food, however on a college student budget it is very hard.

Koru Kate {Koru Wedding} said...

Everybody is talking about kale & I still haven't tried it. Maybe I will finally break down & give it a shot.

Melissa said...

Healthy, easy, and yummy? I'm in :) This is great timing since I'm really trying to eat better...

Shari said...

Kale chips really are such a good, healthy snack. Yum.

Elizabeth // The Now said...

I'm a little scared of these just because I eat pretty sh#tty food, but I'm willing to give them a try... xoxo

Gloria said...

I absolutely love kale chips!! I'm going to try spicing them up with some cumin the next time I make them :-)

emily fitzgerald {once in a blue room} said...

i'm recently jumping on the kale bandwagon, and these look amazing! gotta try them asap.

Annie said...

LOVE this post. Awesome to hear you're heading down this wholesome rode. My story is comically the exact opposite of yours-- growing up my parents made us shop at Whole Foods and only buy organic wayyyy before it was trendy. So much before that I was always deeply embarrassed of my totally all natural school lunches and longed for nothing but a lunchable. Turns out they were right all along. I'm so grateful they instilled that in me, as I continue to buy organic produce and eat healthily now.
Always SO happy that you included this recipe for kale chips, as I've been meaning to make them for the longest time now. Definitely going to referencing this!

Emily Marie {Isnt That Charming} said...

I love this post not just because it's SO true, but it's also proactive! It's easy to fall into the swing of eating badly, and keeping in mind that you are eating/cooking not just for yourself but your family is important.

These kale chips look great, definitely need to try them!
Isn’t That Charming.

diane @ a spot of whimsy said...

great looking recipe and beautiful pics my dear! i shall try this soon

Johanna said...

Love that you posted this. I know these are so simple to make but I always wanted to learn how. I hear they are addicting!

Julie and Lauren said...

Obsessed with kale so I know I'll love this,too!

Whitney Cosgrave said...

I've only ever had store bought kale chips but i did like them. I bet it would be good to sprinkle some of that cheese that you bought on them for the last few minutes of baking!

christy said...

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xoxo Christy

Viviana said...

YUM! I'm making these tonight!

classiq said...

I'm happy to see you're embracing a healthy lifestyle and healthy eating, Ashley. I've been doing it for years and don't understand how so many people continue eating all that over-processed, full of chemicals, additives and sugar food. If each one of us tried to explain to family and friends the benefits of healthy eating I think this would have a huge impact and make such a difference. I hope you don't mind my recommending two blogs to you in this regard: http://www.kitchenandaroma.com/ and http://optimumnutrition4u.wordpress.com/
I hope you'll find them useful. :)

Alexa said...

LOVE baked kale chips! So yummy!

Punctuation Mark said...

I love love kale... My favorite food!!!

Blair Friedeman said...

I have a new obsession with kale and am definitely going to try these!!

Linda said...

I am OBSESSED with kale chips! They are so yummy and good for you too! Interested in following your food journey! (:

XO, Linda
The Style Moodboard

Liz {Sequins And Stripes} said...

I need fun recipes like this to keep me in a healthy routine! I have attempted them once and they came out totally soggy, but these look so yummy.

Holly {All Things Charming} said...

Ash, I'm loving all of these healthy recipes! Kale chips have been a favorite of mine for a while, but I'm excited to change them up with the spices your suggested!

Bud and Leo said...

I was in the same boat at you- grew up eating terribly and then finally the light bulb turned on and I realized how important it was to feed myself nutritious food! Thanks for this recipe- I eat kale chips almost daily and need to try to make them on my own :)

Joelle :: Something Charming said...

I thoroughly dislike kale unless it's made into kale chips. We got some in our CSA box last year, and I absolutely hated it at first! I almost threw it away before I finally tried making these. So good!

As for food itself...I don't watch what I eat to this extent, but I don't blame other people who do. I think the problem lies in the two extremes: those who eat only fast food and those who are so strict about what they eat that they can't enjoy it. For me, food is an experience that I don't want to give that up. I still love my cheetos and Del Taco every once in a while, and as long as someone doesn't get all self-righteous telling me what horrible things I'm putting into my body, they are more than entitled to their opinions. I've just been seeing a lot of this blaming and shaming by bloggers recently because the rest of us don't follow their preferred fad diet (paleo, gluten free, whatever...), and that makes me sad. We all need to be responsible for our own choices, and not be concerned about anyone else.

Thanks for not trying to push your beliefs on us Ashley. We all appreciate it :)


Hilary said...

We have a farmer's market right up the road, I'm going to have to grab some kale on my next trip!

Adventures in Dressmaking said...

Good for you! I love kale chips, so yummy! I grew up on junk food, too, but have learned a lot about what makes me feel good in the past several years and am mostly raw vegan now--and don't eat any packaged or processed foods, or dairy or grains. More here if you wanna read! http://www.adventuresindressmaking.com/2012/01/my-thoughts-on-raw-vegan-diet-if-you.html

Kale chips are great made in a dehydrator, too--takes a longer time but maintains more of the nutrients!

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