Well, not really. But, since we got a huge amount of fresh kale this week at our local CSA, I decided a batch of kale chips was in order. Kale might just have its own PR agent. I swear, the stuff shows up everywhere; smoothies, salads, the sauté pan, you name it. If there’s a way to enjoy this great super-food then you will most-likely see it somewhere. One of my favorite ways to enjoy this lovely veggie is by slightly drying it in a low oven, tossing it with my favorite seasoning and going to town. My only suggestion, however, when making this lovely snack is to eat it the day you make it. Unfortunately, within 24 hours, the kale chips have gotten a little limp and less crispy that a few moments after they came out of the oven.
According to some research, Kale has been around for quite a long time! Until the end of the Middle Ages, kale was one of the most common green vegetables in Europe. Russian kale was introduced into Canada (and then into the U.S.) by Russian traders in the 19th century.
During World War II, the cultivation of kale in the U.K. was encouraged by the Dig for Victory campaign. The vegetable was easy to grow and provided important nutrients to supplement those missing from a normal diet because of rationing. Read more about this amazing green here.
Of course, being a “Super-Food”, we all know it must contain some pretty good nutrients, right? Well, you’d be correct in assuming. Check these stats out!
A single cup of raw kale (about 67 grams or 2.4 ounces) contains:
Vitamin A: 206% of the RDA (from beta-carotene).
Vitamin K: 684% of the RDA.
Vitamin C: 134% of the RDA.
Vitamin B6: 9% of the RDA.
Manganese: 26% of the RDA.
Calcium: 9% of the RDA.
Copper: 10% of the RDA.
Potassium: 9% of the RDA.
Magnesium: 6% of the RDA.
Then it contains 3% or more of the RDA for Vitamin B1 (Thiamin), Vitamin B2 (Riboflavin), Vitamin B3 (Niacin), Iron and Phosphorus.
This is coming with a total of 33 calories, 6 grams of carbs (2 of which are fiber) and 3 grams of protein.
You can learn more health-benefits of Kale here.
Kale chips are just one thing we use it for here at home. I love to put it in soups, grain salads or even by itself dressed in my favorite vinaigrette. For those so inclined, I like to throw a handful of chopped kale leaves into a fruit smoothie in the morning for a boost of nutrients. I’m telling you, kale must have a PR agent!
Alright, enough out of me, here’s the recipe for baked kale chips, feel free to post any comments if you are so inclined, we’d love to hear from you!