Ok. I have to admit, I resisted the kale. I feared the kale. I know that it is the new in vogue super food. It is rich in calcium, vitamins A, B1, B2, B3, C and K, manganese, fiber, folate, iron and potassium. You can use it to boost your metabolism, raise your energy, detox your body, slow the aging process, and help you to leap tall buildings in a single bound but, I still feared it.
And just like any fear, you have to face it and I did: face first. I planted this in March and then put myself through a crash-course in Kale 101.
First, the harvest. Get close to the stalk and snap.
Then, rinse it in a basin of water:
Then, strip the leaves off of the tough stem because it is not good to eat:
It should look like this:
Take them for a spin:
Preheat the oven at 350:
Put the leaves on a baking tray and season them with olive oil and a little bit of salt (you can try other seasons like red pepper flakes, cumin, chili powder, etc. but I just like the salt) :
Put it in the oven:
For 15 minutes:
What you get is Kale Chips which are a GREAT replacement for potato chips or fries:
I have waaaaaaaay too much left over. So, as with all my veggies, I wrap it up in a paper towel.
And store it in a zip bag until I figure out what the heck else I am going to do with it!
Everyone complains about how expensive and hard it is to eat healthy. Sure, you can get kale chips in a bag at your local market at $3 for a 4 ounce bag that is loaded with sodium and who knows what else. Or you can spend a $1 for a bunch and make your own.
You can also put Kale in a juicer with apples and other things during a detox or saute it up in some olive oil and garlic for a great side. I have also snuck it into a table salad but, my daughter found it and didn't dig it raw. So, I am on a quest for what else I can do with this nutrient dense super food.