Back to Basics: Homemade Organic Kale Chips
Kale chips are a delicious anytime snack and healthy alternative to junk food & store bought chips.
It took me a long time of hearing about Kale Chips before I actually took the plunge and made my own. A leafy green as a chip? It just didn’t make much sense to me, but I knew it was definitely a healthy snack… and for that reason alone, I wanted to try it.
So I did! And here’s how:
First, grab a bunch of organic kale:
Wash the kale thoroughly. Dirt is usually trapped within the leaves/close to stem, so make sure you remove all of the dirt. Then, rip or cut the leaves from the stem. After you wash the leaves, it is important to thoroughly dry them! — spin in a salad spinner and pat dry with paper towels. If you don’t have a salad spinner, toss the leaves and dry well with paper towels. Your kale should be mostly dry/as dry as you can get it. If it’s wet, it will not become crispy like it should when you bake it.
After your kale is washed and dried, toss kale with approx 2 tablespoons of olive oil (depending on how much kale you’re using…use your own judgement. You don’t want your leaves to be saturated with oil, just lightly coated).
*somewhere in here, preheat oven to 350 degrees*
Sprinkle salt over leaves to taste. Don’t go crazy with the salt! Once the kale bakes, it will shrink and the salt will be more concentrated. You can always add more at the end). Toss leaves.
Next, cover a baking sheet with aluminum foil and spread leaves in a single layer. It is best to not allow leaves to overlap. You’ll probably end up using multiple baking sheets, depending on how much kale was used.
Finally, put the kale in preheated oven for approx. 12 minutes (at 350 degrees, although you can get the same results by playing around with different times & temperatures). I usually bake let it go for about 8 minutes, then flip the leaves and finish up baking for another 4 minutes. The leaves should be crisp and dried out.
The kale will be shriveled and darker, as pictured above. Watch the leaves closely while in the oven and don’t let them burn!
Done!! Seal in a large, ziplock bag.
Making Homemade Kale Chips is soo easy and literally takes about 15-20 minutes in total. DO IT!
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Southwork has officially played their second Philly show, ever. You wouldn’t know it though… you’d think they’ve been playing as Southwork for years. Since my life is invaded with Southwork shenanigans on a daily basis, you’d think I would be less impressed with all of the details, plans, and small surprises at each show. But in all honesty, they never cease to amaze me. Each time, I am blown away with their sound, their look, and how every little detail is strategically planned.
Starting with their hand-built set of functional props painted and upholstered, you’re immediately consumed by orange, blue, and yellow — stripes, swirls, and paisley. Lights, balloons, bubbles, fog, and continuous music takes you on a short escape from reality. What starts out to be a calm and questionable venture is just the climb of the roller-coaster that soon will take you on a 40 minute ride. With music that consists of horns, bongos, ukulele, kazoo, vibraslap, and other surprise instruments (depending on the set), the sound is just has fun and impressive as the live show.
May 27th, at Johnny Brenda’s was, indeed, only Southwork’s second hometown show, and their second sold out headlining show. The overall vibe of the show was amazing. With a party-like set filled with positive, live music, you could feel the energy of each and every person in the room. Dancing, singing along, and enjoying the night… the set ends feeling like you’ve just left a show and a huge celebration combined into one event.
Southwork consists of seven amazing musicians who know their craft, pay attention to detail, and enjoy what they do — And it shows. I’m so impressed with what they’ve done so far and can’t wait to see what they do in the future. To think, this is just the beginning.
And make sure you make it out to Southwork’s next Philly celebration on July 21st at World Cafe Live (Downstairs, with Ike and John & Brittany).