I must admit, kale rules! It is so dense in nutrition that it is considered a complete food. Low fat, no cholesterol, powerful anti-oxidant powers (kicks cancer butt), loaded with Vitamin A to help your skin glow and improve your vision, Vitamin K to help with brain function, boosts metabolism, minerals such as copper, calcium, sodium, potassium, iron, manganese and phosphorus, helping to control blood pressure and heart rate, offer protection from vitamin A deficiency, osteoporosis, iron deficiency anemia, and believed to protect from cardiovascular diseases and, colon and prostate cancers and on and on and on.
Problem is actually consuming it. It’s not exactly the tastiest thing on the planet. Until now. Kale chips are dehydrated to keep all of the healthy nutrition in tact and coated with a delicious spicy BBQ flavoring to make, more or less, edible. Actually, it’s delicious and a great way to consume an entire head of kale in one day. They become addicting, like potato chips, except you don’t feel guilty about consuming a large bag of them. Just be warned, they get stuck in your teeth, so make sure to check your smile when you are done eating them.
Spicy BBQ Kale Chips
3 large heads of Kale, preferably organic
1 Cup Raw Sunflower Seeds, soaked for 2 hours, drained
1 Tbsp. Apple Cider Vinegar
1 Tbsp. EVOO (extra virgin olive oil)
1 tsp. Paprika
1/4 tsp. Garlic Powder
1/4 tsp. Ground Red Pepper Flakes
1/4 tsp. Mrs. Dash Southwest Chipotle flavor
1/8 tsp. Pink Himalayan Salt
Wash kale. Tear kale into large bite sized pieces. Keep in mind they shrink a bit in the dehydrator. Put into large bowl. Set aside.
For the coating. Put all coating ingredients into a food processor or high speed blender and blend until smooth. Gently scoop onto the kale and gently massage (with your hands) into the kale, making sure each piece is generously coated. Lay pieces out in a single layer on dehydrator trays. Dehydrate for 8-10 hours, or overnight, at 110 degrees.
This is what they look like when they come out of the dehydrator.
And here they are in all of their yummy goodness glory.
And again…I just can’t get enough.
Finally, make sure you lightly coat the dehydrator trays with EVOO so they don’t stick and make a giant mess. I had to learn that the hard way.