By Lindsay

I really like to eat.  Like a lot.

I think breakfast, lunch, AND dinner are all the most important meals of the day.  (This is why I try to work out so much, because I’m always eating.)  On top of my three square (usually) meals, I am a pretty big snacker, too.  If I could eat whatever I wanted, I’d go for nacho cheese Doritos every time.  Because I just can’t eat like that whenever I want + I definitely wouldn’t want to offend you with Doritos breath (no really – Doritos give you the worst breath!), I’ve turned to alternatives like whole wheat pita chips + my newest love/ favorite snack: kale chips.

Kale is super healthy for you since it’s high in fiber, vitamin A, and calcium among other things.  It tastes pretty good raw, but it’s truly awesome when thrown in the oven and made into chips.  Kale chips totally curb my salty/ crunchy cravings and they are way more filling than they look!

Basically, I get this bag of kale from Trader Joe’s

…and in a few simple steps I turn it into this.  Voila!

Here’s the kale chips recipe I’ve been using lately:

What you need:
8 cups of kale
1 Tbsp of olive oil
1 tsp of garlic powder
1 tsp of onion powder
1/2 tsp of salt
1/4 tsp of black pepper

How you do it:
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Line sheet pan with parchment paper.  Remove stems from kale.  Tear into very large pieces.  (Chips will shrink considerably.)  Wash kale.  Dry in a salad spinner or with paper towels.  Make sure it’s fully dried.

In a large bowl, add kale, oil, and seasonings.  Stir to coat evenly.  Add kale to parchment lined sheet plan in a single layer.  Bake in batches for about 8 minutes until edges are slightly brown.  (Start checking your chips at about 6 minutes.)  Do not allow to overcook – they can go from perfectly crisp to completely burnt in a matter of seconds.  Enjoy!

Happy healthy cooking + eating, y’all!  :)

xx, L

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