After I published my last post, I actually clicked on the recipe link in the email from the Institute for Integrative Nutrition and laughed to discover it was a recipe for kale chips! The recipe title is Crispy “Cheesy” Kale Chips and you can find it here.
I was wondering how this could be “cheesy” since you’ll see the ingredients do not include cheese. But then I googled “nutritional yeast” since I know nothing about it and About.com (get it, get it? It was actually the second result – I rarely use wikipedia) tells me:
Yellow in color and with a nutty cheesy flavor, nutritional yeast is an inactive yeast that is a favorite amongst many vegans because of its unique flavor and similarity to cheese when added to foods.
Hmmm…I’ll have to investigate where I can get some nutritional yeast and how it tastes. I’ll update here if I try this recipe. Anyone wanna take bets on whether the kids will love it or hate it? Oooh! Maybe I’ll make a love it vs. hate it scoreboard!
A couple of weeks ago I read something about kale chips and how they’re good for you and easy to make. So, I thought I’d give it a shot. I found a recipe for Crispy Kale Chips on the Food Network and made them for dinner.
One thing I recommend is make sure the kale is very, very dry before you put them in the oven. Otherwise they don’t get crispy at all – sort of soggy as if they’ve just been steamed. The kids hated them although they forced them down. The husband thought they were pretty good as did I. I saved the leftovers and snacked on them the next day, which was good because I tend to have salty snack cravings during the day.
I made them again another day but waited too long after I bought the kale, so it was a little wilted. That, on top of the fact that I had less kale but still used the same amount of olive oil, it didn’t turn out so well. I still ate it and I’ll definitely make again. I have hopes that the kids might grow to like it. The husband and I also thought it would taste good crumbled on something, but we can’t figure out what. If anyone has any suggestions, please share!
Oh…and watch out cause it can get stuck in your teeth and you’ll end up giving someone a big toothy kale smile.