I am using a food dehydrator to make the Kale Chips, but I imagine that you can also do it in your oven at a very low setting (200°F).
WHAT IS KALE?
The following information is from Wikipedia.org: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kale
- Kale or borecole is a form of cabbage. (Brassica oleracea Acephala Group), with green or purple leaves, in which the central leaves do not form a head.
- It is considered to be closer to wild cabbage than most domesticated forms.
NUTRITIONAL VALUE OF KALE
- Kale is very high in beta carotene, vitamin K, vitamin C, and rich in calcium.
- Kale is a source of two carotenoids, lutein and zeaxanthin.
- Kale, as with broccoli and other brassicas, contains sulforaphane (particularly when chopped or minced), a chemical with potent anti-cancer properties.
- Boiling decreases the level of sulforaphane; however, steaming, microwaving, or stir frying do not result in significant loss.
- Along with other brassica vegetables, kale is also a source of indole-3-carbinol, a chemical which boosts DNA repair in cells and appears to block the growth of cancer cells.
- Kale has been found to contain a group of resins known as bile acid sequestrants, which have been shown to lower cholesterol and decrease absorption of dietary fat. Steaming significantly increases these bile acid binding properties.
RECIPE INGREDIENTS & UTENSILS
- 1 bunch Kale (I prefer Curly Kale)
- 1TBsp Apple Cider Vinegar
- 1/8 cup Nutritional Yeast
- 2 TBsp Oil (Olive and Coconut) – use either only Olive oil or make a mixture of 1 TBsp Olive oil and 1 TBsp Coconut oil – depends on your taste. If the Coconut oil is not liquid just scrape it out of the container (it softens it) and then mix with a fork with the other ingredients. It will melt when you start mixing the seasoning with the Kale with your hand(s).
- 1/8-1/4 tsp Sea Salt
- Salad Spinner
- Food Dehydrator
Divide one regular bunch of Kale into two. The reason for this is, that it is difficult to mix the torn up Kale pieces with the seasoning when there is too much.
Strip the stems from the leaves and tear the leaves into about 2 inch (5 cm) pieces.
Put torn pieces of Kale in a Salad Spinner