Isn't it funny how an ingredient can be "trendy"?  Kale is in the spot light right now, and with good reason.  It's so good for you, is versatile, and pretty tasty.  The other day I saw that Hansen's makes a Kale soda. I had to try it, because that sounded too interesting to pass up.   It was surprisingly good!  The soda was sweet like a lemon lime soda, but finished with a refreshing hint of kale.  I love kale in soups and other hot dishes, but I kept hearing how much people are loving kale chips.  After seeing a bag of kale chips in the store for $5 for a small bag, I decided to make them myself at home.

A little searching on Pinterest and I saw that almost every post I came across was super easy and basically the same for plain Kale chips.  After removing the large stem from the middle of the kale leaf, break down each leaf to chip sized pieces.  Then put the kale into a bowl with 2-3 tablespoons of olive oil.  Massage the oil into the leaves with your hands to evenly distribute.  Finally sprinkle with a little salt. 

The kale chips are baked in a single layer in an oven at 350 degrees for about 8 minutes.  Once they are done baking, the cooling time is only a few minutes, and they are ready to eat. 

One of the stores near my house often has kale on sale for 50 cents a bunch.  Combine that with the small amount of effort it takes to prepare kale chips sure beats that $5 a bag price.

I can't say that kale chips are one of my new favorite things.  They do have a nice crunch, and I felt better snacking on kale chips instead of potato chips, but I have not been craving them since making this batch.  They are a tiny bit bitter, which I'm not a fan of.  But, this is just a basic recipe.  I'm going to try to make them again in a different flavor, maybe salt and vinegar.  Back to Pinterest!

Kale Chips

1 bunch kale
2-3 tablespoons olive oil
salt to taste.

1.  Preheat your oven to 350 degrees.
2.  Remove the stem from each piece of kale and break down into chip sized pieces.
3.  Place kale in a bowl and cover with olive oil.
4.  Use you hand to coat each piece of kale evenly.
5.  Sprinkle the kale with salt.
6.  Place kale chips in a single layer on a baking sheet and bake for 8 - 10 minutes.
7.  Remove from oven, allow to cool, and enjoy.

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