14 May 2013

Kale Crisps


Okay, I know they're nothing new but be nice to me - I've only just discovered them!

You will find that most of the recipes I post on here are reasonably quick and simple. I bake for a living so I like the rest of the food in my life to be either a) served up on a plate in front of me, preferably in a nice restaurant, or b) really quick to prepare.

As I mentioned in my Diet & Lifestyle post, I try to be really healthy when I'm eating at home during the week (good 80% of the time, naughty 20%). In the same article, I also touched upon how healthy kale is for you - bloat reducing, low in calories and high in:

Fibre
Iron
Vitamin A, C and K (K can help protect against various cancers)
Calcium
Powerful antioxidants

It's basically awesome.


You can cook kale in a few different ways but this Kale Crisps recipe is a great way of making kale a nutritious snack for when you get a little peckish outside of meal times. So it doesn't have the aesthetic appeal of a bowl of cheesy Doritos with salsa dip but trust me, these are yummy, good for you and won't expand your waistline either.

I have also included a really quick recipe for low fat guacamole - the crisps go really well with it.

For the crisps, all you will need is:
- A big handful of kale, de-stemmed and chopped into large-ish pieces, washed and dried
- 1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil 
- Sea salt and ground pepper

Preheat your oven to 170C (150C fan assisted)/350F.

Spread the kale out on some foil on a baking sheet. Drizzle with the olive oil and sprinkle over some sea salt and grind some pepper. Place in the centre of your oven for about 12-15 minutes until nice and crispy.

And that's it! Stick them in a bowl and chomp!  Best eaten straight away.

For the easy guacamole (serves 1 to 2):
1/2 avocado
1/2 tomato or 3 plum tomatoes
1/2 garlic clove 
1 tbsp roughly chopped red onion
1 tbsp lime juice
A pinch of salt
1 tbsp red pepper (optional)
1 tsp parsley (optional)

Throw all the ingredients into the food processor and watch it go. If you like it really smooth, give it a squish in a bowl with a potato masher.

And enjoy without guilt.


9 comments:

  1. Ohmygoodness! I love kale, gonna try this! ^.^ Thanks :D

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    1. Oh good! I was hoping there would be someone out there who appreciated it! Haha. Not sure it's everyone's cup of tea but I think it's really tasty. A little bit like the crispy seaweed stuff you get at a Chinese restaurant.
      Cx

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  2. I've never actually had kale crisps! I've seen them before but they have never looked as appetising as those. Think you've just made me want to try them!

    Teffy || Teffys Perks Blog

    Xx

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  3. This isn't something that I'd ever thought of doing before but it looks really interesting. I must give it ago. Also, I love your photography. What camera do you use? X

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    1. Yes, it's worth giving a go as it's so easy and if you like it, it's the healthiest snack ever.

      I use a Panasonic Lumix GF5 with a H-X025E lens. Does the job well!

      Cx

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  4. I am following you now, can you follow me too? http://itislovelyfood.blogspot.com/

    Xs, Neja

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    1. Great! Followed on Bloglovin' :)
      Cx

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  5. Mmmm, I love Kale right now! Try sauteeing it in a little butter then adding toasted sesame seeds...really tasty side dish.

    I'll follow you on bloglovin - will you follow me? I've just started blogging :)

    Hannah x

    The London Blog

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    1. Hi Hannah! That sounds delicious! Thanks for the tip, will try it this week.

      Thanks for the follow too - will take a look at your blog and follow you right back. Good luck with blogging!

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