Let’s be honest… Kale is difficult to eat every day. It is thicker than lettuce and its texture is not as pleasant as lettuce. Its strong taste is not the best for salads or tacos. Kale is not as versatile as lettuce. However, everyone knows how much more nutritious it is than lettuce. How to make kale desirable on a daily base? How about making it into chips? Yeah, that works!
What makes kale so magical?
Kale is nutritious. It has a significant amount of protein, good fats (omega 3 and omega 6 fatty acids), many vitamins and several minerals.
To help understand the amount of protein kale has, here is a comparison:
- 100 grams of raw almond has 21 grams of protein;
- 100 grams of quinoa has 13 grams of protein;
- 100 grams of kale has 4.4 grams of protein;
- 100 grams of spinach has 2.9 grams of protein;
- 100 grams of broccoli has 2.8 grams of protein;
- 100 grams of lettuce has 1.4 grams of protein.
Here are the vitamins that kale has :
Here are the minerals that kale has :
Why is kale so trendy?
Kale became known as a “superfood” in recent years. Like any trendy product, kale needed a marketing label. The label “superfood” was created for bragging about food, health and a wannabe vegan lifestyle. Superfood is an easy label to understand instantly : “super” and “food”. It sounds friendly and it looks like a fun post to share with friends and family on social media. It is a fact that the hashtag #Superfood is cooler to use than #OverPricedFood or #JustGotDiscoveredByHipsters. Let’s be clear : kale is not a new food genetically created in 2012. Kale always existed. The label “superfood” was created to promote it. And it worked!
“The label ‘superfood’ was created for promoting trendy products and for bragging about food, health and a wannabe vegan lifestyle. It was created by trend setters and it worked!”
People are obsessed with sharing their meals on social media. If you have access to the internet, you have heard about kale.
Different kale chips recipes for different moods
Like any basic recipe, this kale chips recipe can be adapted to tastes and moods. This is a really basic recipe. It is a blank canvas. Be creative! The recipe is simple :
- Wash the kale leaves and remove the stems.
- Dry the leaves by padding them with a dry clean towel.
- Tear the leaves into smaller pieces and put them in a container.
- Add a little bit of organic olive oil and a pinch of salt.
- Close the container and shake it well to get every chip covered with oil and salt.
- Place the kale chips onto a silicone baking sheet.
- Cook at 300 degrees F (149 degrees C) until the leaves are dried and crispy. It should take 10 to 15 minutes.
- Remove the kale chips from the oven as soon as they are hard to the touch. Do not let the kale chips turn brown.
- Let them cool and enjoy!
This is a basic recipe. It can be easily changed according to the party. Kale lovers should change the recipe and play around with spices, aromas and ingredients.
Why not have a plate of several chips flavors? Here are a few ideas :
- Sugar can be added to have a salty-sweet taste;
- Garlic powder will please garlic lovers;
- Chili powder and smoked paprika add a spicy twist;
- Cumin adds a meaty feel;
- Cacao powder makes a dessert plate;
- Wasabi wakes up the senses.
Kale chips are the perfect way to introduce this superfood to everyday eating habits. They are more nutritious than any commercial chips. Kale can be expensive. Growing your own kale is the best way to go!