Veggie Resolution #1: Kale Chips

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I’m not a big fan of vegetables.  I mean, I’ll eat them if they’re placed in front of me.  But now that I’m an actual grown-up and don’t have my mom preparing veggies for me, I never place them in front of myself.  Blah.  Why should I fill myself up with vegetables when I can have dessert, or cheese, or carbs?  Mmmmmm.

Of course, I realize there are *some* benefits to these “veggie” things (I guess).  So this year on Big Apple Nosh, I’m going to cultivate a veggie-eating habit by posting 30 (Ahh! No) 20! recipes that tackle my veggie fear and apathy.  These recipes will be honest experiments, with some better than others I’m sure, as I come around to these green beasts.  I’m counting on YOU to keep me on the ball.  Are you with me?

I decided to jump right in and experiment with kale (shudder).  While my friend Penny lists kale as one of her top 5 vegetables, my two times eating this daunting veg have been less than stellar.  I mean, kale is considered a “cruciferous” vegetable, for goodness’ sake.   Based on my Harry Potter reading, that can’t bode well.  Anyway, I tackled kale in the way I tackle any unknown food object – salt and oil that baby up and make some chips of it.

You will need:

  • 1 bunch of kale
  • Olive Oil
  • Sea Salt

Simple enough, right?

1. Preheat the oven to my favorite temperature – 350 degrees

2. Remove the kale leaves from the tough stemmy part (or stem, whatevs)

3. Tear the leaves into chip-size pieces, and wash the leaves and dry thoroughly.
OMG so much kale. Ahhhhhh!

5. Spread the leaves out on a baking sheet, drizzle with olive oil and sprinkle with sea salt


6. Bake for approximately 12 minutes, or until kale is crispy but not burned
(Watch them carefully, these tricky buggers turn from crispy to burned in a heartbeat! I know this from experience, wahhhh)

Voila! Kale chips.  While I wasn’t as big a fan of these as their potato cousin, they were not bad as far as veggies were concerned.  Haha kale, I’ve bested you!! For now…

Any veggie recipes you suggest I try? Do you think I can stick to this 20 in 2011 goal?

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    January 6, 2011 at 3:03 pm

    I think you can definitely stick to it! My husband is a vegetarian, so I've had to make some huge adjustments at home (I still eat meat at work). Most Indian recipes pack a lot of flavor, and there are countless vegetarian options. Also, baked parnips drizzled with honey are delicious, as is my all-time favorite food, pumpkin soup! Good luck!

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    January 6, 2011 at 3:04 pm

    look at you, venturing into the world of veggies! this looks like a very tasty first step! (ok not *first*, i know you've eaten veggies before)

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    January 6, 2011 at 3:04 pm

    This post is very shocking. But I support your effort to cook more veg b/c I LOOOOOVE vegetables (as well as chocolate, cheese, etc. etc.) so that balance can be made 🙂

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    January 6, 2011 at 3:25 pm

    Woohoo!! A veggie resolution! I can't wait to see what else you try. I need some more recipes. And, the chips were a good start!

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    Chic 'n Cheap Living
    January 6, 2011 at 3:40 pm

    I've heard kale chips are delicious. We've made the adjustment for more vegetables and it's easier than it sounds (we eat lots of tofu and eggs for protein)

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    January 6, 2011 at 3:53 pm

    I've never had these! But I am a huge fan of veggies (weird). I like brussel sprouts roasted with OO, rosemary and pancetta or bacon. HEY, it's still vegetables, nevermind the bacon!!!

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    Micah and Catherine
    January 6, 2011 at 3:57 pm

    I love veggie but never had Kale Chips.

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    San Jose Love
    January 6, 2011 at 4:36 pm

    oh these look much better than when I tried kale chips. I think my pieces were torn too small and they were drenched in oil. I wasn't a huge fan either. You should try crunchy green beans with garlic. It's super yummy and easy.

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    January 6, 2011 at 6:04 pm

    You should talk to my hubby about the veggies he cooks. He does a great job with Brussel sprouts, collard greens, different types of squash, carrots, parsnips, etc. I also recommend turnips – very trendy right now.

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    January 6, 2011 at 7:30 pm

    You have no idea how excited I am that you posted this… I adore kale (I eat it in mashed potatoes, lasagna, salad…) because I've been craving kale and looking for a new way to eat it. Can't wait to try this out!

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    January 6, 2011 at 11:36 pm

    I'm a freak…I LOVE KALE. Since I was little, my gramma always made kale soup and it's so good! I can't wait to try this out. 😀

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    honey my heart
    January 6, 2011 at 11:59 pm

    looks like it turned out well. i've never tried kale, but anything in chip form looks tempting 😉

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    D. Marie
    January 7, 2011 at 12:23 am

    At most I try to make sure I have broccoli or mixed veggies with dinner. If you like broccoli I would suggest pouring on some amazing melted cheese!!

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    January 7, 2011 at 2:03 am

    I have mad love for kale chips. Try them with cajun seasoning. AMAZING.

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    January 7, 2011 at 2:52 am

    I wish I could say that sounds good, but it sounds ick. Cheers to you for trying it and I'm with you on trying to eat more veggies!

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    January 7, 2011 at 3:29 am

    i may have to revisit Kale after this post – who doesn't like a chip? i nominate a root vegetable for your next post!

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    Kelly @ The Startup Wife
    January 7, 2011 at 9:40 am

    I make these a lot! I like them better with chard (they get sort of nori-like) and with coriander and paprika along with the salt. 🙂

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    January 8, 2011 at 3:06 pm

    Definitely hope you stick with the veggies! These kale chips look fabulous and simple!

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    January 8, 2011 at 5:08 pm

    What?? Kale chips? You're a genius. Can't wait to try these.

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    February 10, 2011 at 6:39 pm

    I'm making these today with your recipe! 🙂

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