Kale Chips

Kale, known as the queen of greens, is healthy vegetable we should all be eating more of. One serving provides in excess of the daily recommended values of vitamins A, C, and K plus a host of other minerals such as copper, potassium, iron, manganese, and phosphorus. And for only 33 calories per serving, you get cancer-fighting antioxidants like carotenoids and flavonoids and the ability to lower cholesterol and reduce the risk of heart disease. Wow with a superfood like this, who wouldn't want to eat it?!

The catch is that it doesn't taste very good, at least to me. I watch people eat it as a salad green and I think 'how does she do it?' It tastes so bitter. BUT I found one way to eat it that even a kale hater like me can't get enough of and Merle snacks on like it's candy: kale chips. This recipe is quick and easy and results in something that tastes more similar to potato chips than kale salad. Here's the breakdown:

1. Preheat oven to 425F Thoroughly wash the kale and pat dry. 
2. Using a sharp knife, remove the stem. Tear the leaves into smaller pieces if desired.
3. On a baking sheet, toss leaves with 2 Tbsp olive oil (for a full head of kale) and lightly sprinkle with salt
4. Bake for 3 minutes before flipping over and baking another three minutes. 

At this point they are ready to eat and perfectly delicious. I like to also add a little bit of soy sauce and sesame oil after they come out of the oven for an Asian flair. 

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