Adventures in Healthier Eating with 2 Kids and a Picky Husband

Making Kale Chips

Posted by 5 years ago 40 Comments

Yes, you read the correctly. KALE CHIPS and guess what. The little guy LIKED them. He didn’t think he would. He gave me some crap (off camera) about not wanting to try them because they are green. I have NO idea where that came from but he did try them and, well, you’ll see his reaction. It’s cute.

As for me, I don’t think I’ll ever NOT pick up a bunch of kale when I go grocery shopping ever again. I’m serious. Trying this idea may change my nighttime snacking for the better. It takes a total of 15 minutes to clean and bake up this crispy snack and the best part, a cup of this kale chips are only about 50 calories! I’ll write up and recipe with official nutritional information and Weight Watcher points the next time I make them. I want to take some pictures, weigh out the Kale and get more specific but seriously people.. it’s KALE chips. I say… eat away! :)


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    Tonyne @ The Unlikely Success Story

    February 15, 2010

    I love kale chips and I make them all the time! So glad the little guy likes them too! :) Reply

    shandy (aka @webgals)

    February 15, 2010

    Wow! Great idea! I can't wait to try them! Reply

    Unplanned Cooking

    February 15, 2010

    Great idea! And got to be a lot healthier than veggie bootie. Reply

    Janice

    February 15, 2010

    I never would have thought of these. They sound great. Thanks. Reply

    Jessica

    February 15, 2010

    My hubby would love these! Definitely have to try it. Reply

    liz

    February 15, 2010

    i love simple recipes that work, i am totally trying this one! thanks for testing it out for us :) Reply

    Twana

    February 16, 2010

    Im super glad you guys liked these! My little ones ALWAYS make sure we get Kale at the market! My little girl is 6 and she says that it reminds her of seaweed...LOL Reply

    Krista S.

    February 16, 2010

    I've been seeing kale chips around various blogs for the last few years and have never tried them! Your video has inspired me to give them a try this week. They look so good and really, if a kid thinks they're great, they must be! Reply

    Lola

    February 16, 2010

    I am so glad you tried this! I had seen Kath do them so often but I could not imagine them being good...but OMG - they are so freakin' good. And the best part - they take up LOTS of space on a plate (volumetrics). :o) Reply

    Krista

    February 16, 2010

    I eat them like french fries and dip them in ketchup! I love them in ketchup! Reply

    Debbi

    February 16, 2010

    I have seen these so many times that I have now GOT to try them! Reply

    Melody

    February 17, 2010

    Roni, Thanks for being brave enough to try these before me and report back. I've been curious for a while. Will probably try making them tonight. I found some kale at Publix, but had to look closely. You were totally right. They carry it but it's not really labeled well since I guess most folks don't pick up Kale all the time! Had to really look for the style of leaf I saw in the video. I can't wait to try it. I hope it's tasty to my family and myself! I LOVE chips, and they are my biggest weakness right now. Reply

    E. Foley

    February 17, 2010

    Tried these tonight - they are AMAZING. I made them with garlic salt and I'm currently suffering from major garlic/kale breath at the moment. Oops. :) One of my Twitter followers mentioned that he makes kale chips with Bacon Salt and says they're GREAT. I may have to pick some up and try it. :) Reply

    Marla

    February 18, 2010

    Made these tonight and the whole family liked them. What is your suggestion for storing these and how long they might last? We're planning a camping trip and I need nutritious alternatives. Reply

    roni

    February 18, 2010

    Marla - I've never stored them but I'd simply try an air tight container. Maybe use a little less or no oil?!? Once they are dehydrated they should stay that way unless there is a lot of moister in the air but I'm just speculating. Let me know how you make out! Reply

    McLauren84

    February 18, 2010

    Awesome! I tried to make some kale a couple months ago and didn't really plan it out beforehand; it wasn't that good, so I haven't tried it again since. I'll definitely be making this soon! Reply

    Agnes

    February 19, 2010

    Roni, you guys are so cute! Thanks for the inspiration. Once again you prove that being a Mom and being fit and healthy is totally achievable! Thanks! Oh and the kale chips were great! Reply

    Jamie

    February 20, 2010

    I made these the other night...so good. Had some leftovers and stored them in a sealed container. They got just a little soft so I just popped some back in the oven for a few minutes....just as good as before especially when I tossed them in balsamic vinegar...yummy Reply

    roni

    February 21, 2010

    balsamic vinegar. What a genius idea! I'll have to try that! Reply

    Meghan

    February 21, 2010

    Just made these. So good! I added a little garlic powder. Def have to try it with balsamic next time! Reply

    Jane

    February 21, 2010

    Thank you! What a great idea :) Reply

    Sue

    February 22, 2010

    Looks great - can't wait to get some kale & try them. Hopefully I can replace my addiction to potato chips. Note on cleaning veggies. Grapefruit Seed Extract has lots of great uses including cleaning veggies. Use only 20 drops in 32 oz. water. I used an old glass vinegar bottle with the sprayer I took from a plastic bottle or adjust amounts and soak veggies in bowl. I have only a 4 oz. container of grapefruit seed extract and it lasts forever. Reply

    Puglet

    February 25, 2010

    Just made them today. We ate a huge bunch of kale which would have taken us forever to eat in a different form. These are super easy and you eat them like they are potato chips! This is such a great idea. Do you think the nutrition is retained by baking? Reply

    roni

    February 26, 2010

    Puglet - I would guess it is. I mean it's got to be better then boiling the crap out of it like so many people do. No? Reply

    Mary

    February 28, 2010

    Made a bunch today - Great taste and yummie - thanks for the inspiration! I loved your video! Reply

    penny

    March 2, 2010

    We also found kale chips recently and like you I buy a bunch of kale every week. I make kale chips on Sunday after grocery shopping and they are gone by Sunday night! Great snack and a great way to incorporate super healthy kale into your diet!! Reply

    Ashley

    March 2, 2010

    Thank you so much for trying this out. I've been wanting to do this for a long time. I tried making kale chips last night and they were awesome! My grocery store has kale right now on sale $1.00 a bunch so I can make lots and lots of chips. Hahaha! Reply

    Sally

    March 8, 2010

    I just made these today and they were SO good! The taste reminded me of fried cauliflower. My mom even liked them and she never likes anything healthy that i make lol. I will definitely be buying kale again. Thanks for being so brave ;P lol Reply

    Puglet

    March 10, 2010

    Well, I made these again. This time I seasoned them with Old Bay. They disappeared like magic. I used the same olive oil and baking technique with broccoli, sprinkled it with parmesan cheese, stirred it while it bakes for about 15 minutes. Reply

    Stacey

    March 10, 2010

    I just made these - and they're great! Perfect for my salt cravings! Thanks! Reply

    Amanda

    March 14, 2010

    Made these the other night and the husband and I LOVED them! The entire batch was gone in half an hour--NO LIE!!! It was my first time to eat kale and I WILL be making this again. Thank you Roni!!! :) Reply

    Tony

    March 15, 2010

    I also made these this weekend. They are very good but the after taste is a bit....weird/strong. None the less, I will continue to make these as my whole family enjoyed them. Reply

    kristina

    March 16, 2010

    I made these a few times..found the recipe on another blog and when re-heating them in the toaster oven during a feeding therapy session...they caught on Fire!!! But yes, they are delicious!!! Love the tart lemon flavor yum! Reply

    Briana

    July 24, 2011

    I tried them today and I used white kale and they were a little chewy still near the stems. Is that normal? But I can't stop eating them. I love the suggestion for balsamic vinegar and I definitely want to try that! Reply

    roni

    July 27, 2011

    They are chewy in thicker parts. Your bests bet it to remove the stems. Reply

    Dawn

    December 4, 2012

    when buying Kale, is it frozen?? I currently buy organic kale/spinach mix for my salads but would love to try these....how do i buy it & do they have it at Publix???? it seems to me that i'd have seen them in produce area, but I'm hoping I just overlooked them. thanks Reply

    roni

    December 4, 2012

    Dawn - The kale needs to be fresh. It should be in Publix in either large bags or bunches. Just ask the produce worker. I'm sure they'll point it right now. Reply

    jane

    May 27, 2013

    what is the temp? Reply

      roni

      May 28, 2013

      I usually set it to 325

    Courtney

    June 3, 2013

    Hey there, I love your site! I'm always looking for new ways to use kale, but the good ole kale chip is what got me hooked in the first place. Between juicing, smoothies and kale chips, I've turned my 4 and 6 year old into addicts as well! Which I think is great, even if my husband calls them tiny hippies :). Anyway, I digress... but I was just going to throw a new flavor twist out there. After I make a basic sea salt and olive oil batch, I often toss them in nutritional yeast! It may sound strange, but it gives the kale chips an aged cheddar taste. Another thing we do is get flavored infused olive oils instead of regular EVOO. My current obsession is meyer lemon olive oil on kale chips. Delish! Reply