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Baked Kale Chips

In Pregnancy, Recipes on May 9, 2012 at 1:15 pm

The midwife told me I need to step up my veggie eating AND that kale, broccoli and spinach are super veggies and will help with the swelling I’ve noticed in my legs (and now my hands too;  only 12 more weeks. I can do this.) This news just happened to coincide with a post on one of my facebook groups (Naturemomma Files) on kale.

Now I am not a very good veggie-eater, never have been. If my mother were alive I am sure she would attest to that. I struggled with the first pregnancy to eat right and I am trying to be even more diligent this time around. So that being said, I bought a bundle of kale. A bundle at our Wal-mart had six stalks in it and was just under a dollar. I was going to buy two until I realized that these bundles are pretty good in size. The hubs did not look happy with the leafy arrangement I brought home but figures that I’m the one that will eat it and not him (so he thinks).

 Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. I took two stalks of leaves, washed them, shredded the stuff by hand and took the stems out. This amount spread across my cookie sheet pretty well. You are then suppose to spritz the kale with olive oil (I did not have any so I used vegetable oil). Then sprinkle on your seasoning blend. I used McCormick’s Caribbean Jerk and Mrs. Dash’s Garlic and Herb. Stick them in the oven for 8-10 minutes.

 

 

 This is what it looks like fresh from the oven. Allow the kale to cool completely and you now have kale chips! They are pretty brittle so keep that in mind when you are grabbing them to sample.

Now to be quite honest. I’m not a big fan. The Caribbean Jerk tastes better than the Garlic and Herb but the kale just seemed bitter to me. I have two stalks left and I’m really tempted to put cinnamon and sugar on them. Would that be cheating?

I will eat what I’ve made and I will make it again because really, it’s an easy way for me to get all the nutrients I need and, quite honestly, isn’t being an adult all about sucking it up and doing what you need to, even if you don’t want to?

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  1. Dearest Craftymomma… JUICE! Blend it up with water or juice, hold your nose, think “healthful…healthful” and chug-a-lug. I love veggies and cannot stomach kale! Way too bitter, but oh, so good for you!

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