I’ve been a bit of a TV junkie of late watching the Olympics in prime time, pushing the limits of my shut eye. After this week comes the Academy Awards on March 7th, which is another excuse to create a party around a food theme. Certainly with Julie and Julia in the mix we will see Boeuf Bourguignon or this lovely adaptation of pumpkin soup from Shirley at GFE. For the Oscars, I tend to lean toward a variety of nibbles and small plates – don’t want to miss a glimpse of George Clooney! – and one of my favorite winter snacks are fresh baked kale chips.
Kale chips will make a convert of any green vegetable skeptic, and that includes kids. There are a multitude of flavors you can make, all of which are incredibly easy. The only catch is to make sure you keep your eye on the baking time, as their fragile nature tends to burn quickly.
Talk about a healthy snack! Kale is loaded with calcium (94mg. per 1C), making it great for healthy bones; preventing arthritis and osteoporosis. Its an excellent source of vitamins A and C (one cup =70% of RDA, great for immune system,) iron, magnesium and potassium.
And…nutritional yeast is a salty, almost ‘cheesy’ inactive yeast in the form of flakes. It is very high in vitamin B12, which makes it popular with vegetarians. It helps control blood sugar, protects against liver cancer, and reduces triglycerides – which benefits healthy cholesterol. You can find it at most health food stores, including Whole Foods.
Make sure to thoroughly dry the leaves before seasoning. I use a salad spinner.
1 bunch kale, de-stemmed and cut into 3-4″ pieces
2 tablespoons nutritional yeast
1/2 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
1/2 tablespoon organic tamari (wheat-free soy sauce)
1 tablespoon sesame oil
Mix the oil, apple cider vinegar, and tamari together until creamy. Add kale to the bowl and coat evenly. It may seem like you don’t have enough coating, but you don’t want the leaves to be soggy.
Place on a parchment lined baking sheet and cook at 350 degrees for about twenty minutes. Check on them halfway and move around to evenly bake, preventing the outer leaves from burning.
Do you have a favorite kale chip recipe? Do share!
**And now, the envelope please…
Tuesday February 23 – SEA from Book of Yum with appetizers inspired from the movie Avatar
Thursday February 25 – A salmon spread by Alison from Sure Foods Living
Friday February 26 – And more appetizers with Ellen from I Am Gluten Free
>>Get ready for your OSCAR party by printing a ballot to share with your guests or for just your family!