In the last few months I have become more and more concerned with my health as well as the health of my generation. My diet sadly consists of mostly meats and starches. I realized this when a friend, a mentor if you will, pointed out to me that our generation eats more and more and cooks less and less. Since that moment I have been working toward improving my diet and educating my peers about how to do the same.
It has been no easy task. I have scoured the internet as well as watching multiple shows on healthier food, I haven’t found much that sounds appetizing to me. Here’s the problem: I am picky. I was spoiled when it came to food for years. I didn’t eat vegetables, I didn’t eat mushy fruits, I didn’t eat oatmeal. Basically if it was green or it wasn’t served at a fast food restaurant I wouldn’t eat it. Mostly I ate snack food. Chips, popcorn, snack cakes. I wish I could say that this was far in the past, but it’s not. I still eat this way.
That fact is what made me realize that the search for healthier snacks was the first step in my healthy diet.
A few years ago when I was at the grocery store, one of my favorite places to be, I came across a bag of kale chips. The only thing I knew about kale at the time was that I’d seen it as a garnish at a buffet once. I was bewildered, but soon the feelings of confusion faded into apathy. I didn’t have any interest in eating healthier, and I especially didn’t have any interest in kale.
Fast forward to this year, about three weeks ago. Our school was on spring break so I decided to head up to see my aunt and uncle a few towns over. My aunt and I were in the middle of making dinner when she pulled out a baking sheet, some vegetable oil and the kale out of the fridge. We were making a stew so naturally I was confused. Is there kale in this stew?
I asked what she was going to make, and she told me she was making kale chips. I flashed back to the time at the grocery. The bewilderment from the store came flooding back.
After trying them I was shocked. They were crunchy and had sort of a spinach flavor to them, but it wasn’t off-putting. I soon thought about what I could do with her basic recipe. I decided to go home and play with the flavoring a bit. This recipe is my favorite one so far.
This is my recipe for garlic kale chips.
What you need:
- Cookie sheet
- Medium sized bowl. (Optional.)
- 1 Bunch of kale (per batch. You may not use all of it, that is okay.)
- 1 tbsp salt (approximately, per batch.)
- 1 tbsp garlic powder (approximately, per batch.)
- 1/8 – 1/4 cup vegetable or olive oil. (enough to coat the kale entirely.)
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
- Wash and dry kale thoroughly. (Wet kale will make chips soggy.)
- Toss kale with oil in the bowl or on the cookie sheet, whatever is easiest for you. Make sure it is well covered but not dripping.
- Lay kale down in an even layer on the cookie sheet.
- Season kale with salt and garlic.
- Cook until crispy. They will shrink up and turn a little brown on the edges. 10 – 15 minutes should do.