Krazy Simple Kale Chips

by Her Happy Balance on January 28, 2013

This past Friday it snowed where I live, and even though it was only about 2 inches of snow, the roads were ridiculously treacherous! On my drive home from the train station, I was giving myself pep talks in the car “you’re doing great” and “keep going, only a little further, just take it slow” and even “dear God please don’t let me crash.” Yes I went there. It was definitely up there with being some of the worst weather I’ve had to drive in. Even worse than the time my car broke down on a highway during a hurricane. Ugh! So needless to say my plans of going grocery shopping Friday night for some fun food were put on hold. I was stuck in the house with frozen pot stickers and a head of kale. So I made myself the chicken pot stickers and these kale chips for dinner:

Krazy Simple Kale Chips:

5-6 leaves of kale

1 tbsp olive oil

3 tsp. cumin

fresh ground pepper

sprinkle of garlic powder

Line a baking sheet with aluminum foil. Massage the kale leaves, chop them up, and spread them out over the baking sheet.

I love the vibrant color!

I love the vibrant color!

I excluded the kale stems and only used the leaves. If you have a juicer, you can totally save the stems and use them in your next juice. Drizzle olive oil over the kale and use a spatula to flip the kale around to make sure they’re lightly coated with the oil. Β Then sprinkle on your cumin, pepper, and garlic powder. Place in an oven at 350 degrees for about 20 minutes or until flakey and crispy.

You could eat the chips as a side to a sandwich or you could add them into a panini or even grind them up in your hand and sprinkle the flakes on top of a salad or soup.

I just ate them plain with a side glass of cabernet πŸ™‚

Kale chips and a glass of deliciousness :)

Kale chips and a glass of deliciousness πŸ™‚

Kale (the super food) facts:

  • 1 serving gives you 200% of your vitamin C serving for the day
  • Contains lutein and zeaxanthin, both of these are great for your eye health
  • High in fiber, it can help reduce blood cholesterol levels and your risk of heart disease, especially when kale is cooked

Check out this site for some more kale factoids!

*I am not a dietician or doctor*

Thoughts??

Do you like kale? How do you get it into your diet?

Did you have any winter weather this weekend?

Spill it, what fun ways did you cheat on eating healthy this weekend?Β 

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Jade January 28, 2013 at 7:37 am

I just posted something asking for Kale recipes because I have a joint injury that I’m trying to get rid of and Kale is supposed to be good for that πŸ™‚ Does it matter what kind of Kale you use for these?

Her Happy Balance January 28, 2013 at 7:42 am

I used curly kale but I’m sure you could use any kind you’d like πŸ™‚ Also,I hope your joint injury heals up quickly!!!

jessiebearwhat January 28, 2013 at 8:29 am

Sorry about the weather. Kale chips are my fav!!

Her Happy Balance January 28, 2013 at 9:08 am

Thanks, I’m happy I’m alive πŸ™‚

Maureen January 28, 2013 at 9:08 am

Driving home in snowy weather is not fun. Fortunately my boss let me leave early Friday, so I was able to get home before things got really bad. My car does not like snow.

Her Happy Balance January 28, 2013 at 4:49 pm

That’s awesome you got to high tail it out of work early! My car pretty much doesn’t like anything but 70 degrees and sunny.

coffeencollege January 28, 2013 at 9:28 am

I love kale chips. Too yummy. I indulged… too much haha. Cake, cheesecake. I couldn’t help myself =p

Her Happy Balance January 28, 2013 at 4:50 pm

Mmm one of my secret indulgences is wedding cake (not mine!). Everyone always has awesome cake at their wedding. Cheesecake could be delicious right about now too…

Running In Heels January 28, 2013 at 12:16 pm

Yum! These look awesome! I buy ranch flavored kale chips at my local health food store and I absolutely love them!

Her Happy Balance January 28, 2013 at 4:55 pm

Oooo I definitely want to try ranch flavored chips!!! Who makes those?!

Alex @ Cookie Dough Katzen January 28, 2013 at 11:50 am

Love kale chips! I actually only cooked mine for 10 minutes or so but I think my oven is unusually hot. Good idea on throwing the kale stems into a drink!

Her Happy Balance January 28, 2013 at 4:52 pm

That’s good though! You can have your chips in a shorter time period, I’m all for quick snacks πŸ™‚

TorontoRunner January 28, 2013 at 12:00 pm

I don’t ever remember having Kale..I just don’t remember it?! hmm!!
Driving in bad winter weather is soooo scary!! Slipping/sliding out there is terrifying. I’m glad you’re OK!

Her Happy Balance January 28, 2013 at 4:53 pm

Aww thanks, Girly! I was happy to get home in one piece! And you should definitely give kale a try πŸ™‚ so many benefits!

Em K January 28, 2013 at 12:08 pm

I tried kale chips over the Christmas holidays (my friend made them) and I didn’t mind them, but i think it’ll take awhile for them to grow on me!

Her Happy Balance January 28, 2013 at 4:54 pm

Yeah, I mean they have nothing on potato chips, but at least you still get the bite-sized crunch! And it’s so much healthier. Good for you for being brave and trying a funky new food πŸ™‚

deniliese January 28, 2013 at 1:37 pm

my kale chips never turn out right πŸ™ My cheat was a Red Robin Bonzai burger with sweet potato fries. TOTALLY worth it!

Her Happy Balance January 28, 2013 at 4:56 pm

I read “burger” and I think I started to drool. That’s an awesome fun night out! And sweet potato fries for the win!

Alex @ therunwithin January 28, 2013 at 2:01 pm

i can never make kale chips taste good when I make them for myself. I wish!

Her Happy Balance January 28, 2013 at 4:57 pm

Well… you could always make sweet Potato chips instead? Not quite as healthful as kale but I bet they’d taste good with just about anything on them. I have faith in you kale chip making abilities πŸ™‚

moderngirlnutrition January 28, 2013 at 5:09 pm

These look so good! I love the idea of adding cumin:)

Her Happy Balance January 29, 2013 at 3:33 pm

Thanks! It’s a fun flavor spin on plain ol’ chips πŸ™‚

jsresults January 28, 2013 at 5:52 pm

I love love love love love KALE! I have it all the time with almost every meal πŸ™‚ One of my favorite veggies!

It snowed this weekend πŸ™ It’s actually snowing right now also

I didn’t cheat this weekend which stinks πŸ™ I’m in a competition in my gym to improve overall body composition over the course of 24 weeks and the winner gets 2 G’s! No time for cheating :/

AWESOME CHIPS I must try so simple

Her Happy Balance January 29, 2013 at 3:37 pm

I will be honest and say that I don’t exactly love kale but I recognize that it has so many health benefits that I need to incorporate it into my diet. Good for you for loving it! πŸ™‚

This crappy weather is definitely getting old…

And that’s so cool that you’re in a competition, talk about a cash prize as motivation! Good luck with it!!! πŸ™‚

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