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Salt and Pepper Kale Chips

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Makes 3 cups - serves 6

Crunchy chips made with kale, a little olive oil and season. Fantastic for a guilt-free movie-snacking treat. Go on and try them, you may just be surprised.
Per serve: 157.5kj (37.5cals); 2.5g total fat (0.3g saturated fat); 0.8g fibre


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You’ll need

1 bunch of kale (300g bunch gives 200g leaves), stems and ribs removed
3 tsp olive oil
Salt and pepper

Let’s go

Heat oven to 150°C and line several trays with baking paper.

Break kale leaves up into good chip sized pieces, toss in oil (I do this with my hands to make sure each leaf is oiled). Lay kale leaves out on baking trays and sprinkle with salt and pepper. Bake for 20-30 minutes, checking after 20 minutes to remove any browned chips. Continue to cook and remove any really crispy ones – some will take longer than others particularly if they are really curly or have had a thicker stem. Cool and store in an airtight container.

Cook’s Notes
Sometimes it takes a little longer to cook the kale – usually if it’s damp before it goes into the oven or it just happens to be a particularly moist bunch. If it is a little damp, open the oven a couple of times during cooking to let the steam out and just keep cooking until the chips are ready. You are looking for a dark green chip that’s crispy and not at all chewy.

Other fab flavours:
Salt and vinegar – just add 2-3 tsp of vinegar
Sesame – replace olive oil with sesame oil and add a teaspoon of sesame seeds halfway through cooking.
Garlic and parmesan – add 1 large minced garlic clove and 2-3 tbsp finely grated parmesan (you can add the parmesan before cooking if you like browned crispy cheese or add the cheese as the chips come out of the oven so it melts slightly)

 

Why it’s good for you
Kale is one of those superfoods that you just gotta try. It’s packed with vitamins A, C, K, iron and fibre just to name a few. Sometimes it can have a bitter aftertaste which many like. I find that baby kale is much sweeter so you could definitely use baby kale for your chips.
Per serve: 157.5kj (37.5cals); 2.5g total fat (0.3g saturated fat); 0.8g fibre

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