Kardashians and Kale Chips

IMG_0391I have to admit that watching The Kardashians every once in awhile is one of my guilty pleasures.  While it strays from my normal Food Network favorites, I must admit that I got the idea for these kale chips from an episode of their show last summer.  We received a heafty bag full of kale from our farm share recently and lets just say no one was jumping up and down about it.

I think it is fair to say that my family will try anything (at least once) if it is in the form of a chip. A year ago my brothers and I would have never willingly ate a beet with our lunch. Now we look foward to batches of crispy, sea salted beet chips by the pool.  Kale is still not as convincing on its own.  It’s still a little to earthy for my family’s liking, so I added some cayenne pepper and cheddar cheese to try and intrigue them into eating just one. IMG_0382IMG_0387Although I sprinkled a liberal amount of cheddar cheese on top of these kale chips, I would still say they are a healthy alternative to chips. They are baked (rather than fried) and you get a full serving of kale greens.  Kale has been cultivated for over 2,000 years and still remains a staple in healthy diets today.   It is currently one of America’s favorite super foods because of it’s superior nutrient content. You will most often find kale available with deep green leaves, however, there are several varieties available like purple and blue. Kale is a member of the cabbage family. The cruciferous vegetable provides an abundant supply of vitamins A and C, folic acid, calcium and iron. So enjoy a serving of kale with these oven-baked cheddar kale chips.

Oven-baked Cheddar Kale Chips

Yields 4 Servings

Ingredients

16 ounces of kale (rip out the fiberous core, shred leaves into chip size pieces – note that they will shrink up)

3 Tablespoons of olive oil

Salt, pepper, cayenne pepper (mixed together in equal porportions)

1/2 c. of shredded cheddar cheese

Directions

Preheat your oven to 350 degrees.  Then line a cookie sheet with parchment paper to make for easy clean up and to ensure that the kale chips do not stick.

Wash the kale leaves. Spread them out on the cookie sheet and drizzle with olive oil.  Sprinkle liberally with salt, pepper and cayenne pepper.  Then sprinkle with the cheddar cheese and place in the oven.

Cook for 15-20 minutes until the chips are semi-translucent and crispy.

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The next time you kick back to watch an episode of The Kardashians replace your potato chips with these baked kale chips.

Sources:  
“The Deluxe Food Lover’s Companion (Deluxe Edition) [Hardcover].” The Deluxe Food Lover’s Companion (Deluxe Edition): Sharon Tyler Herbst, Ron Herbst: 9780764162411: Amazon.com: Books. N.p., n.d. Web. 10 Dec. 2012. (235)