Wednesday, 03 October 2012
As a kid, (like most) I hated leafy greens. I still have something of an aversion to them now, but this past year a friend introduced me to kale. I'll be honest, before I had only a vague idea of what it was and mostly wrote it off as a cliche hippie dippy food choice. But when in Brooklyn...eat organic, or something. :)
Typically I use kale when I make my go-to comfort food dinner: tomato basil pasta. It's a simple recipe, easy, and a de-stresser. For me, at least! The recipe's pretty basic, and I usually am not too precise about the measurements - honestly, it's more about taste, balance, and attempting to figure out what meshes well. But once I've made the sauce and the tomatoes are all boiled down, I throw in pieces of kale that I've chopped up. Not only does it add mass and heft, but it also retains its texture and adds a nice splash of green to the sauce.
But you've probably got an idea of what the best way to eat kale is:
I introduced my roommates to kale chips a couple weeks ago and they were hooked. One of them even bought a bunch of kale and stared at me with puppy dog eyes until I made them for her. Kale chips are great snacks for when you've got the munchies. They’re healthy, taste great with seasoning, and are crisp and crunchy.
Be warned, a lot of kale goes a little way; it does the same thing that spinach does when cooked, it shrinks. So the more kale, the better.
To make kale chips, simply:
- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees
- Tear the kale into small, chip size pieces (you can cut them or use your hands...I usually just tear!)
- Line a cookie sheet with aluminum foil and place the kale on it
- Drizzle in olive oil, salt, and whatever else you feel like! A favorite of mine is adding minced garlic and garlic powder. (I may or may not love garlic. You decide)
- Place in the oven and bake until leaves are crisp - I usually wait 15 minutes and then check back obsessively
How do you like to eat kale? What kinds of seasoning do you like to use when you make kale chips?