Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Kale Chips

Last year, I bought a dehydrator. It sat around unused for many months, until earlier this year when I realized that I wasn't getting my daily vitamin K requirement. I poked around the internet to figure out what an excellent source of vitamin K was and found out that kale was. I'd seen lots of people talking about making kale chips on their blogs and in the Calorie King forums, so I knew that was what I wanted to do with my kale. I purchased some kale, and Googled for recipes. My dehydrator definitely gets significantly more use now that I've started eating kale.

Kale Chips
1 head of kale
2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
2 teaspoons cumin
2 teaspoons chili powder
2 teaspoons garlic powder
1 teaspoon ground red pepper
1 tablespoon sesame seeds

1. Rip the kale leaves off the stem into smaller pieces and put them into a large bowl. Not too small though because they'll shrink significantly during dehydration.
2. In a small bowl, combine the olive oil and spices and make a paste. Youcan use your hands or you can be a wimp like me and use gloves when you do it.
3. Pour the spice mixture over the kale and use your hands to massage the spice mixture onto the kale pieces. Make sure you get a good even coating all over!
4. Spread out the kale on the dehydrator racks and start it up using the directions for vegetables.

Do you have a dehydrator? What do you use yours for?