How do I love thee? Let me count thy kale…
Browning poems aside, the curly, purple-hued kale of my dreams makes its début from the winter market into my kitchen for a snack that’s a bit hard to put down, in more ways than one.
I mean, do you have to put it down? Well, the answer is no… not unless you feel you can overdo a good thing. It’s hard to not want to embrace, as an example, the benefits of kale, and embrace them tight. Like George Clooney if he was for sale in the produce section and glimmered with the moisture of a King Soopers’ fake rainstorm, as the mist slowly cascades down from the heavens. What? Too much?
Check out these crispy kale chips. Taaa daaaa! Now note the nutritional shakedown for one cup of chopped kale (in terms of daily recommended allowances):
Vitamin A: 206%
Vitamin C: 124%
Potassium: 299 mg
So much to offer per cup, so why worry? Four carbs per cup isn’t carby, but when you could easily eat 2-3 cups of roasted kale in a sitting, it really adds up. The cautionary tale? Share, buy less, or just prepare a serving at a time when prudent–unless you’re not likely to fall prey to the siren song of crispy, delicious kale.
What’s the flavor like? If you’re a fan of Brussels Sprouts, like I am, you will be happy. Kale takes on an earthy, slightly burned campfire marshmallows taste when roasted (I told you I was a supertaster). Here, in this image (above) I roasted purple kale with Parmesan cheese.
Kale, when raw (left), looks slightly different from the roasted kale on the right. This is another reason you measure kale when raw and not cooked. Notice that lovely, purple stalk throughout the winter lettuce. It’s like Prince and Donny Osmond approved, all in one delicately crisp little chip.
Kale, coupled with ingredients you probably already have on hand, is the basis for many, different snacking opportunities. I go with ingredients like shredded and grated Parmesan cheese, balsamic vinegar, salt, pepper, nutritional flakes, and garlic powder. One I didn’t try?
Another chip idea: Popcorn seasoning. Ranch, nacho cheese, or white cheddar, you can add any popcorn seasoning after baking to pop the flavors. Just be light with the sprinkles; since the kale chips are lightly oiled, a little seasoning goes a very long way.
How I like to measure kale: Loosely packed and torn from the stalks. Measure in a wider measuring cup (think glass) and not in a narrower, dry measuring cup when you’re figuring out how much kale is in a serving. You don’t want to smash the kale.
Madame. Wouldst thou likest some kale? My son posed for me for a few silly photographs. We have a lot of fun playing with our food in this house. Now it’s your turn.
Kale Chips, Four Ways
Zippy: 2 tsp Balsamic vinegar + 1 Tbsp olive oil + 1/2 tsp sea salt + 1 cup kale
Per cup: 94 Cals.; 4.5 g Carbs.; .5 g Fiber; 4 g Net Carbs. ; 1 g Protein; 7 g Fat
Umami: 1 Tbsp nutritional Yeast flakes + 1/2 tsp sea salt + 1 Tbsp olive oil + 1 cup kale
Per cup: 96 Cals.; 5 g Carbs.; .5 gFiber; 3.5 g Net Carbs. ; 1 g Protein; 7 g Fat
Tuscan: 2 Tbsp Grated Parmesan + 1/2 tsp garlic powder + 1 Tbsp olive oil + 1 cup kale
Per cup: 115 Cals.; 4.5 g Carbs.; .5 g Fiber; 4 g Net Carbs. ; 3 g Protein; 8.5 g Fat
Basic: 1/2 tsp Sea salt + 1/2 tsp pepper + 1 Tbsp olive oil + 1 cup kale
Per cup: 89 Cals.; 3.5 g Carbs.; .5 g Fiber; 3 g Net Carbs. ; 1 g Protein; 7 g Fat
Instructions: Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit, and preheat the ungreased roasting pan with it. Wash kale and gently pat dry with paper towels to remove the grit. Rip irregular-sized kale from the stems. In a separate mixing bowl, lightly toss kale + oil + additions. Bake for 10-15 minutes, checking at 10 minutes, and then every 2-3 minutes, until kale is crispy. I don’t flip the kale. It seems to cook fine as it is.
So, what do you say? How can thee love kale? Give a shot to this winter vegetable, and you, too, will be counting the ways.