I love my KALE chips. They are crunchy, and I can have any flavor I feel like. I know what you’re thinking, but you are wrong. Kale chips taste really good. To me they are better than regular potato chips. They do not have the oil, fat or the salt of regular potatoes. Granted you could add more fat to these and still have a snack that is more nutritious than the baked potato chips. If you do a google search you will find there are many ways to make kale chips. A previous post of mine I have a video of Rene Oswald making kale chips and I included her recipe (here). I use this recipe with some modifications. I use hemp seeds and just sprinkle them on just before the trays are placed in the dehydrator. I add my own seasonings. I use cumin with chipotle chili pepper, which I love – has a little kick to it that sneaks up on you. You can add some apple cider vinegar and Himalayan salt for a salt and vinegar taste. A favorite of the TD’s is the cheese flavored kale. I added more nutritional yeast to the mix (increase to 3/4 cup) and sprinkled more on just before it went in the dehydrator. I am still working on a barbecue flavor. Any suggestions?
Here is a pictorial of how I make kale chips.
Here I have washed the kale and let it drain.
Then I destem the kale. Lacinato kale you remove the stem by pulling and tearing the kale leaf from the stem. With curly kale, which has a larger, fuller leaf, I find it easier to use a sharp knife and cut the leaf from the stem and then tear the leaf into smaller bite size pieces.
Once I have the kale ready to be coated I make my flavor dressing. Using the recipe I linked to above. I place everything but the hemp seeds in the high speed blender and blend until smooth. I taste the dressing to make sure it tastes the way I want. Add more seasonings if needed and mix briefly.
I usually have two large bowls full of kale pieces and divide the flavor dressing in half, pouring half in one bowl and the rest in the other. This is where you get your hands dirty (well make sure your hands are clean and remove your watch and any rings) spread the dressing to coat the kale using a massaging motion with you fingers. Keep massaging and rotating the kale from the bottom of the bowl to the top so that all the kale is evenly coated. I love to taste the kale to make sure it tastes the way I want it to. Don’t be afraid to taste it. It tastes so good, you can enjoy it as a kale salad and make what you don’t eat into chips.
Once the kale is evenly coated spread the kale out in a single layer onto a teflex lined dehydrator tray and I leave one tray space between trays. I usually end up with 4 -5 trays.
I can eat all of this in less than one week. A habit that is good for me.
You can make chips with collard greens. There are many different kinds of veggie chips, zucchini and sweet potato are a few of the veggies that make tasty chips.