As many of you know, I gave up Doritos Spicy Chili flavored Tortilla Chips as part of this year’s New Year’s Resolution! I never ate that many, but still, they’re packed with MSG & GMOs, so it was good to give em’ the boot. But for those of you still in transition to becoming vegan, they’re something to consider if you’re having a moment of weakness. They are, shockingly, vegan!
Back to what’s far more important: My Kale Chips!
All you have to do is chop up dry, cleaned kale into chip size pieces & remove any super big stems. Then mix with a drizzle of olive oil and seasonings of your choice. I used a bit of salt, pepper and nutritional yeast. I buy my nutritional yeast in the bulk section of Whole Foods Market, but you can find it in most grocery stores. It taste super yummy, almost a nutty~cheesy like taste, and many nutritional yeasts have B12, which is an extra bonus! I’ll write more about nutritional yeast in another post. I enjoy it on all sorts of vegan foods!
Then I just spread the chopped & seasoned kale on the baking sheet, trying to make sure every leaf was exposed as best as I could, popped the tray in the oven at 325 for about 8-10 minutes, checking occasionally to make sure they didn’t burn. Don’t think all the leaves need to turn brown; many will still be green & crispy! …and voila! Healthy, yummy kale chips!
This is SO exciting! Not just because kale chips are healthy and taste great, but because it’s also SO much cheaper to make these at home than buy them! When we went to visit a farmers market in Ojai not too long ago, I sampled some kale chips, but passed on buying the tiny bag because it was almost 7 bucks!
You can pick up a bag of chopped washed kale from Trader Joe’s for only $1.99 and half a bag covers a cooking sheet, so there’s enough for two batches. Or you can also go to Whole Foods Market to buy organic kale, which is usually $2.50 or less per bunch. Whatever kale you choose, it’s a great deal! For your body, and your pocketbook!
Feel free to share your ideas & tips for making kale chips and leave a comment below or swing by the My Vegan Journal Facebook Page. The more the merrier!