DIY Recipes: Kale Chips

Original pin: Family Fresh Cooking

Items needed:

1 bunch of kale
Approx. 2 tbs of olive oil (I used pure olive oil)
Seasoning (salt, garlic, curry powder, whatever you’re in the mood for)

Total cost: $10.94
*It should be noted that the kale itself is only $.97. Olive oil on the other hand was $4.98 and I got the cheap stuff. Of course, once you’ve bought it, it should last you several months so it’s worth the investment.

Difficulty: Easy

Preheat oven to 350˚F.
Rinse kale & dry it well in a salad spinner or blot with paper towels.
Trim leafy parts from stem and tear leaves into bite sized pieces.
Spray leafs lightly with olive oil or cooking spray. (I put a little oil in a bowel, then tossed the kale in the oil.)
Season with salt and/or spices according to taste. (You will not need as much salt as you might think.)
Arrange pieces in a single layer on a baking sheet.

Bake for about 8 to 10 minutes or until crisp. Turn a few times with tongs while to ensure an even crispiness on both sides.
Your chips should come out crispy and slightly browned on the edges. Once they start browning they burn quickly so be sure watch them carefully.

First of all, I get the feeling kale is kind of hard to find. I’ve looked for it before unsuccessfully. Yesterday WalMart Neighborhood Market did not have it, WalMart Supercenter did. Of course, if possible it’d be best to get it at a farmers market but sometimes you don’t have that option.
Second, the recipe doesn’t specify which olive oil to use, so I grabbed pure since it’s best for cooking. I may be way off on that, but it worked alright for me. Also, I didn’t flip my kale midway through, but I’m sure that would’ve helped them cook more evenly.
Kale chips are ridiculously easy to make and fast, which is good since when you want a snack, you want it immediately. I used sea salt for my chips and it was good, but I couldn’t help but feel like something was missing. I’ll have to try different seasonings. Maybe even a little ranch mix… Eh?

Taste rating: 6/10


DIY: Introduction

Okay you got me, ladies. Pinterest has it’s benefits.

Since we were slow at work during the beginning of the week, I killed quite a bit of time on the site and found a few things that I legitimately plan on trying for myself. I’ll let you how each project goes and give you my recommendations. Easy enough, right?

Here are my upcoming projects:

Sock Bun Curls

I’ve seen this repinned so many times it’s ridiculous. It makes perfect sense that this would work and, if it does, will be a great way to save my hair from breaking with heat curling.

Motivation Marbles

I just ran across this idea today and I think it’s pretty genius. Having a visual aid sitting on the kitchen counter will be a good reminder to think before I eat.

Crock Pot Stuffed Peppers

Don’t be fooled, the recipe listed on the site isn’t exactly “healthy” considering they’re listed as pork stuffed peppers, but I’ll be doing my own variation on the recipe. I plan on only using a little ground pork just to get that pork flavor, the rest of the meat will be ground turkey since it’s so lean and picks up flavors easily. I’ve actually already bought the ingredients for this, so you should be seeing a write up on it soon.

Stuffed Zucchini Cups

I love baked zucchini! There are actually quite a few “Italian” recipes I’ve seen that substitute pasta for zucchini which will hopefully help curb my cravings for those delish carb loaded meals.

Kale Chips

Kale is a fairly new ingredient to me. I’ve had it in potato soup and it’s wonderful! Not long ago my friend, Jessi, was telling me that she occasionally makes kale chips as a healthy late night snack. While she admitted that they’re definitely not potato chip, they helped satisfy her craving for a salty, crunchy snack.

So what about you? Do you have any DIY projects or recipes that you love?