If Beans are considered the “magical fruit,” then Kale is the equivalent in vegetable world. After seeing a lot of information about Kale while I was juicing, I started to see if I could incorporate it more in our daily meals.
Turns out, I’m not a fan of Kale.
Even when I had it in my juice, I couldn’t put too much or else it would ruin my drink.
The taste of kale is pretty tart and sharp, which has always been a taste I stay away from. I’m really more of a sweets girl myself and prefer spinach. But…. there are so many great things about kale that I had to give it another try.
So what are some of the great benefits of kale?
- Low calories: Only 35 per cup
- Full of fiber: 5g per serving
- Filled with nutrients like calcium, vitamin K, vitamin B6, magnesium, vitamin A & C
- Bursting with folic acid and other antioxidants
- Can easily be made into crisps
Ok, so the last one is a benefit for me really because it’s an easy way for me eat them. I love anything with a crunch.
So, then how do you make my parmesan kale crisps shown above?
- Pre-heat the oven to 375 degrees
- Wash the kale thoroughly to get rid of the pesticides and other gross stuff
- Cut the spine out of the kale and then further cut the pieces down to bite sized
- Get out your olive oil and put the kale in a bowl. Lightly cover the kale in olive oil by mixing in a small amount and using your hands or a spoon to cover the leaves.
- Layer the leaves on a cookie sheet and then sprinkle with sea salt. Put in the oven.
- Set the timer for 6 minutes. After the first 6 minutes, you want to take them out and sprinkle your parmesan cheese over the crisps then put back in the over for another 5-6 minutes. You want them to be dried out but not burned when you take them out of the oven.
- Take out when done and let cool a few minutes. Then enjoy.
- They can easily be used with many different types of seasoning like a gluten-free taco or garlic salt.
After playing around with these and trying different recipes, I found myself enjoying kale much more than I ever previously thought I would. It turns out what just by changing the cooking method, you can change the entire taste of a food.
How do you eat your kale?