kale chips that everyone will love (even the cat)

Kale chips definitely prove the old saying ‘you can’t judge a book by its cover’ so true.


Though they may look like something your grandma forced you to eat, Kale chips are a surprisingly addictive and tasty treat. They take less than 15 minutes to bake and happen to be another one of our guiltless favorites.

One thing kale isn’t hiding is its nutritional punch. One serving of kale contains 2 milligrams of iron, 769 milligrams of vitamin A, and 447 milligram of potassium. This helps keep your blood oxygenated and contributes to healthy teeth, bone, eyes, and even your immune system.


We mentioned a while back that we had kale growing in abundance. Last year, we discovered how easy kale is to grow. With kale being such a tough plant that adapts well to most climates, it should have come as no surprise that it just keeps on coming.  (Hence the kale soup, kale based salads, kale chips, etc.)

After gathering a little more than 1 bunch of kale from the garden, we brought it in to wash and devour.


With a constant supply of kale, we normally make the usual plain sea salt kale chips (also scrumptious). This time around we tried two different types: Garlic Parmesan (my pick) and Sweet and Spicy (Ryan’s pick). In the end, Garlic Parmesan won, if we were calling this a contest. Some of us are…

Garlic Parmesan to the left and Sweet and Spicy to the right.


Garlic Parmesan Kale Chips


   What you’ll need:

  • 1 bunch of kale
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tsp garlic
  • ½ tsp Italian
  • pinch of oregano
  • grated sea salt (enough to sprinkle across the chips)
  • pinch of Parmesan flakes (or as much as you want)

After cleaning the kale, remove the leaves from the rib, and tear them into 2 inch pieces.

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. In a medium bowl, mix the olive oil with all of the spices. Add the kale leaves to the bowl and massage them in the seasoned mix. Place the coated kale chips in a single layer on a baking sheet (or stone). Sprinkle with the sea salt and bake for 7 minutes. Remove from the oven and lightly crumble the Parmesan over the chips. Put them back in for 5 more minutes or until lightly toasted.


Sweet and Spicy Kale Chips


    You’ll need:

  • 1 bunch of kale
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 1/2 tbsp Sriracha sauce
  • 2 tbsp honey
  • pinch sea salt (enough to sprinkle over the chips)

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. In a medium bowl, massage the kale with olive oil. Mix the Sriracha and honey in a ramekin. Drizzle the mix over the kale and toss it with tongs. Place the coated kale in a single layer on a baking sheet. Sprinkle with sea salt and and bake for 12 minutes.


Ready. Set. Engulf.

That’s how it went at our house, especially with the garlic Parmesan. Kearney cat must have had room left in his belly after his dinner because he decided to help himself to the kale chips we set aside (something he NEVER does). Kale chips, the new cat treat?

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