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Kale Chips Make The Perfect Healthy Snack

September 6th, 2013 Cooking

Addicted to the delicious crunch of potato chips? There's an easy way to get the texture and salty goodness of your favorite junk foods, without all the fat, calories and oil - and it starts with a simple, assuming vegetable called kale.

Kale, a type of cabbage, is a readily available and inexpensive vegetable available at most grocery stores year-round. Considered by many to be a "superfood," kale is full of healthy nutrients like vitamins A, C and B6, calcium and potassium. Preparing kale chips is quick and easy, and even the most veggie-averse members of your family will be converted when they try a bite of this deliciously rich and crispy snack.

Start by preheating your oven to 275 degrees. While the oven is warming up, tear the leaves from your kale bunch, being careful to tear around the larger veins. Wash your torn leaves and use a lettuce spinner to dry them - wet leaves won't crisp up in the oven as well as dry ones.

Next, toss your kale with a drizzle of olive oil and a pinch of salt. Spread them on a cookie sheet and sprinkle with your favorite spices. Chipotle powder, paprika, chili powder, red pepper flakes and sesame seeds are all delicious options, but feel free to experiment to find what suits your tastes. For picky eaters, a small handful Parmesan cheese can add an indulgent touch.

Place your kale chips in the oven for about 10 to 15 minutes, or until they're crisp and flaky. Watch closely, as baking times can vary widely. Once they're ready, quickly place them in a bowl and snack while still warm.

The unique, melt-in-your-mouth texture and salty, rich taste is even better than a potato chip, for a fraction of the calories and with tons of healthy nutrients and vitamins!