Kale. This stuff is the big-time in the blog world. I’ve seen tons of recipes that use it, but never been brave enough to try it on my own. I decided it was the perfect time to give it a go. It is, after all, one of the healthiest vegetables around. It’s packed with Vitamins K, A & C!
I added it to my grocery list and off I went. Let me first of all just tell you that I was SHOCKED at how big my bundle of kale was! I could barely get it in the bag! The bundle was almost as tall as my 24 oz water bottle and took up almost half of the bottom shelf in my refrigerator before I cut it down to a more manageable size!
Bad news folks….I didn’t like them. First of all, they get VERY crunchy…which I generally like. But these get so crunchy that they just kind of disintegrate in your mouth…kind of like I imagine it would be like biting into ashes or something. I want you guys to know that I tried really hard to like them. I ate half the bowl, but I just couldn’t get into them. The good news is that there was one chip that didn’t get ask crispy as the others, it was a little soggy- and i LIKED it! So that gave me hope that I might like kale a different way.
Now don’t get me wrong, I don’t want to discourage you from trying them. I’m going to give you the recipe and I want you to try them for yourself. I know tons of people that LOVE them. Just not for me…
1/2 a bunch of kale
red pepper, optional
1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
2. Pull the curly kale leaves off the thick stems.
3. Wash and spin dry.
4. Spread in a single layer on a baking sheet.
5. Drizzle with olive oil and rub onto all the leaves.
6. Sprinkle with a little bit of salt and pepper (and red pepper/paprika if desired).
7. Bake for 20 minutes or until slightly brown on the edges and crispy.
Kinda pretty, right? While the kale chips were cooking, I pulled the rest of the leaves off the rest of the stems (just hold the stem in one hand and move your hand from one end to the other, pulling the leaves off as you go) and washed them. I stored them in a ziploc bag and they were ready to go for the rest of the week.
Next, I tried a raw kale salad. Just like it sounds…kale, topped with carrots, tomato, red pepper and Italian dressing:
It was delicious! The hubby liked it too. We ate kale salads twice this week. One night with kale by itself and one night with half kale and half spinach! I’ll definitely be making more kale salads in the future.
And finally, we tried wilted kale. For my go-to dinner, I cooked some sweet potatoes and garlic in chicken broth and then added some kale and spinach and let them wilt. This version was also delicious. Apparently I enjoy kale in all forms except chip.
Overall, kale week was a big success! I’ll definitely be buying it again.
So tell me, what’s your favorite way to eat kale?