Healthy Snack #1 – Spicy Kale Chips!

By Thursday, February 28, 2013

A little while ago, I revealed that one of my new year’s resolutions was to stop buying chips. I must confess that I have failed, twice… but for two very good reasons.

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Reason I accidentally bought chips #1
My Other Half and I were grocery shopping together and he wanted them. And they were on sale. I only allowed this because I thought he was paying for the groceries… which meant I wasn’t actually BUYING them myself. Unfortunately he neglected to pull out his wallet at the cash register… and I paid, totally forgetting the chips were in the cart. Damn.

Reason I accidentally bought chips #2
Well, now… this wasn’t an accident. But when my Mama was in town recently, Miss Vickie’s were on sale (buy 2 get 1 free). We were having family over for games and I thought they’d be a good snack. Unfortunately I forgot to put them out while we played an intense game of monopoly… and then I ate them the next day. Colossal failure, I know.

But only buying chips twice so far is pretty good, considering they were a staple item before. I’m proud of myself, even if you aren’t.

So, anyway, I’ve been on the lookout for a good chip substitute. I’ve never made kale chips before, but my old boss let me try hers a few times and I really enjoyed them (okay, maybe not at first, but they grew on me). I’ve always wanted to make them, but I heard you needed a dehydrator to do so, and I was not up to buying one of those things.

However… I was misinformed! All you need is an oven! I made delicious, spicy and crunchy kale chips for lunch yesterday. I was quite impressed.

Julia’s Spicy Kale Chips
2 bunches of kale
4 tbsps olive oil
2 tsp sriracha sauce (optional)
sea salt

Wash the kale and remove the stalks. Dry with a clean towel thoroughly and rip the kale into pieces (not too small – remember that kale shrinks big time). Put into a large bowl. Mix olive oil and┬ásriracha and pour over the kale. Using your hands, mix and massage the oil mixture into the leaves. Arrange kale on two baking sheets and place in 300 degree oven. Bake for 10 minutes, then turn the kale. Bake for another 10 and turn again. Repeat one more time. The kale might need another 5 minutes (for a total of 35 minutes). Don’t let it burn. Remove the crispy chips to a bowl and enjoy!

1 Comment
  • eriel
    April 13, 2013

    Julia, your addition of Sriracha here is genius! I would never have thought of that. I am doing it non-stop now. Thank yoU!

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