Best Healthy Kale Snax

Okay, so most people dislike kale.  It’s that tough green that everyone raves about nutrition-wise but prefer softer green options like silverbeet or spinach.  It’s definitely an aquired taste, if you weren’t introduced to it as a child.  I have grown it in our garden for the past three years, yet only now, am I truly appreciating it in all it’s glory!  A kale leaf or two thrown into a fruit smoothie – you don’t even taste it but your body benefits enormously!  A handful of leaves chucked into a hearty winter stew or soup, delicious AND nutritious. A leaf or three finely chopped into a salad, hmm, there’s a thing of beauty!

Kale Fruit Smoothie Bliss

What I really want to talk about though, is making a regular “junk food fix” into the healthiest, yummiest snack EVER!  Kale chips!  They’re the best, for a home movie night when that snack craving hits home.  

What you need:

  • A bunch of kale leaves, any variety will do (12-14 leaves)
  • 1 tspn sea salt
  • 1 TBspn olive oil
  • 2 cloves garlic, finely chopped
  • 2 TBspn Tamari or soy sauce
  • 2 TBspn tahini
  • 3 TBspn lime or lemon juice
  • A dehydrator (or low temperature oven)

Fresh from the Backyard

Method:

  • Inspect leaves and make sure they are clean and bug free (washing them prohibits the flavouring from sticking to leaves).
  • Cut stems off of leaves (these can be rather tough and stringy).
  • Mix all the other ingredients together in a large bowl.
  • Place leaves in bowl and make sure you rub mixture through them to thoroughly coat each leaf with tahini mix.
  • Place leaves on dehydrator trays and allow dehydrator to run for 3-4 hours.
  • Allow kale chips to cool.
  • Try not to eat them all in one go!

Massaging your Kale

After laying your kale leaves in the dehydrator, sprinkle with sesame seeds (optional)

Dehydrating Kale Chips

My dehydrator had paid itself off a hundred times over!  I paid $20 for it from a second hand store.  I dehydrate excess produce from the garden, apples, pears, persimmons etc.  I make fruit leathers and have even recently dehydrated some store bought mushrooms when they were on special!  A kitchen appliance every backyard farmer needs!

Sore in airtight container (skip this step if you’ve eaten them all in one go!)

For the health benefits of this powerhouse of nutritious goodness, go to http://www.mindbodygreen.com/0-4408/Top-10-Health-Benefits-of-Eating-Kale.html

P.S. You can add any combinations of flavouring to your kale chip mix, I’ve tried adding wee lashings of sweet Thai chilli sauce – yum!  Or cumin, Morroccan spice etc.  Give yourself unlimited creative license!  And don’t forget to grow heaps of kale in the garden to keep up with your demand for this new health snack!😊

Enjoy!

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