Well, I suggest you give kale a chance in your kitchen; you may be surprised and your body will be thankful!
Kale is literally a "nutritional powerhouse". Its dark color is a sign of high chlorophyll content and carotenes. Kale is an excellent source of vitamins K, C, B6 and minerals such as calcium, copper and manganese along with compounds called glucosinolates that have been linked with cancer preventive benefits. These beautiful and sturdy leaves have also strong detoxifying powers.
Ok, enough of the "health talk". The kale chip recipe that I would like to share with you today is all about flavor, crunch and a convenient snack... everybody loves chips... so why not try kale chips?
You may find two kinds (or more) of kale in your local grocery store. Pick the one with the curly leaves for this recipe. Lacinato - flat leaf kale- is better for salads or smoothies.
Remove woody stems by holding the end of the stem in one hand and pulling the leafy part off. You can also use a knife to separate the stem.
Almond Butter Glazed Kale Chips
1 bunch curly kale, stems removed
1 lime, juiced
4 Tbs olive oil
4 Tbs almond butter
2 Tbs maple syrup
1 tsp salt
1. Preheat oven to 250 degrees and line a large baking sheet with a parchment paper.
2. Cut kale into large pieces and place into a large bowl.
3. In a small bowl combine all ingredients. Taste and adjust seasoning.
4. Pour mixture over the kale and using your hands gently massage the mixture into the kale. Every leaf should have a thin coating of the almond mixture.
5. Spread the kale in one layer on the prepared baking sheet. Bake for about 30 minutes or until crisp. Keep a close eye on the chips during the second half of baking as they burn very easily (then they taste very bitter). Allow to cool before serving.