Cheesy Kale Chips
Cheesy kale chips satisfy my cravings. I love snaking on salty, crunchy things – popcorn popped in coconut oil and sprinkled with sea salt and nutritional yeast, cheese and apples, honeycomb and crackers. We as a family are trying to eat cleaner and healthier, I do my best to avoid snacking (following the recomendations of this book)- but sometimes the urge creeps up on my anyways. I reach for kale chips, those wonderful crispy bites of green and spice.
I’ve tried many a kale chip and have found my self, many times, disappointed. Here, I can’t help but share my very favorite version with you. They’re crisp, and cheesy (though they don’t actually contain any dairy) and full of yummy goodness.
How to Make Cheesy Kale Chips
Mild white miso, nutritional yeast, garlic sea salt and olive oil form the flavoring for these kale chips, and that combination of sweet-sour-salty miso and nutritional yeast lend a soft cheesy flavor to these kale chips. After mixing the seasoning, massaging it into the kale, you simply spread the seasoned kale onto your dehydrator’s trays, dry them until crispy and serve. It’s impossibly easy.
Using a Dehydrator for Your Kale Chips (and where to find one)
Some recipes calls for roasting kale chips in the oven, but, if you have one, use a dehydrator (you can find some good ones online). Favoring a dehydrator allows you to maintain even, low temperatures, while drying kale chips in the oven runs the risk of cooking them through or unevenly. Nevermind that good quality dehydrators can be used for many, many things: super green veggie powder, homemade fruit roll-ups, herbs, homemade bouillon, and more.
The Issue of Raw Kale
Sturdy greens and cruciferous vegetables are beautiful foods, loaded with vitamins and antioxidants, but they (like all foods) can be potentially problematic. Instead of fearing our food, we should understand it, enjoy it and eat a varied diet.
And for the Good News
Kale is rich in antioxidants like quercetin, beta carotene and loads of flavonoids. It is also a good source of vitamin C, minerals, folate and other B vitamins. As kale is so extraordinarily rich in antioxidants, it helps to reduce oxidative stress and may help in the prevention of inflammatory conditions.