Monday, January 14, 2013

A side of Healthy with your New Year's Resolution?

Where-ever you look and whomever you talk to these days, it's all about being healthy and saving money in the new year. Including me! I'm all about re-creating my favorite store bought snacks for much cheaper and making them much more healthier! So this weekend I I ditched the $5.99 bag of Kale Chips at the grocery store and went for a couple of fresh bunches of Kale at the local Farmer's Market, which cost me only $2.99!!

I was super excited to make these delicious crunchy treats! It's so simple and take no prep time at all that I wondered why in hell I ever spent $5.99 on a measly bag of Kale Chips! You can flavor these chips with almost anything you like: Ranch dressing (powder); Hot Sauce, Jerk or BBQ spices or just good old Salt and Pepper. I chose to bring out the true flavor of Kale with just a sprinkle of Salt and Pepper and boy were these delicious to much on while watching the Golden Globes!
Popcorn- move over! there's a new snack in town!!
AND you can make 3 bags of Kale Chips for a fraction of the cost of one that you buy at the store!

You will need:
2 Bunches of fresh Kale
Salt and Pepper
1-2 tbsp Olive Oil/Or Pam Olive Oil Cooking Spray
2 tbsp Finely grated Parmesan cheese (optional)

1. Wash and dry the Kale leaves thoroughly and chop them up into bite sized pieces (note that once they cook, the piece shrink so cut them into decent sized pieces or you'll end up with large crumbs of Kale chips)

2. In a large wide mixing bowl, todd the Kales with Salt, Pepper (and Cheese) and Olive Oil. (**At this point you can also add any other seasoning that you like).
Note: You don't need too much oil, a little goes a long way! Alternatively, once tossed with Salt and Pepper, you can line them up on a baking sheet and spray with Pam.
3. Line a sheet pan with a silicon baking mat. Once tossed and coated well, line Kale on the sheet (You may have to cook them in batches so as to not overcrowd the tray).

4. Bake in a 250 degree oven for 30-40 minutes or until crispy

Remove, cool and enjoy!
Try not to eat the whole batch in one sitting!

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