Introducing 52 Weeks of Kale… and Kale Chips

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Today I’m excited to be introducing a new weekly feature on my blog – 52 Weeks of Kale. Basically I am going to share a new recipe using kale every week for a whole year.

I’m looking forward to trying a whole lot of new recipes and incorporating more kale into my diet.Β It will also be a bit of a challenge because kale is still not very common in Brisbane. I’m hoping to be able to get it at the markets, and will also stock up on it in the freezer when I can get it. Luckily it’s in season at the moment as we come out of winter.Β 

Curried kale chips

The first recipe I’m going to share with you is kale chips, which also happens to be the first recipe I ever made with kale. Kale chips are a great way to eat kale if you don’t particularly like the taste of greens. They are crispy and crunchy and much better for you than normal potato chips.

Ingredients (serves 2-4, depending how hungry you are!)

Half a bunch of kale (curly or dinosaur)

1 tbsp olive or coconut oil

1 tsp of curry powder. You can also use other seasonings like chilli flakes, paprika, lemon rind or just plain salt.

Pinch of salt

Curly kale chips

Method

Preheat oven to 170C (340F).

Tear the leaves of the kale into chip-sized pieces and remove the stems. Toss with oil and seasoning.

Lay chips in a single layer on a baking tray and bake in the oven for 12-15 minutes, tossing them mid-way through.

Sprinkle with salt and enjoy πŸ™‚

Do you have any super-delicious kale recipes? Share them in the comments, I need some inspiration.Β 

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Comments

  1. Now that sounds like a challenge to me–52 recipes for kale. To be quite frank, I don’t like kale that much–too bitter. I do eat it, but it’s never my first choice in the leafy greens. However, it is a very good thing nutrition-wise, so maybe I’ll find something that I like among your recipes.

  2. That is quite the challenge! I loved kale chips when I tried them but I’ve never made them, so I’ll have to see how available kale is right now.

    • They’ve only just become available in shops recently here – before that you had to make them yourself. I think we have kale available at similar times, since it tends to grow in the winter months here.

  3. I think you should call this “52 Shades of Kale” like that book “50 Shades of Grey”!

  4. Lol, I am laughing at Jen’s comment above!

    I have never tasted Kale! 52 Shades of Kale will surely lure me in, though!

  5. This shall be interesting! I don’t think I’ve ever eaten kale, but I do use it in flower arrangements!!

  6. This has got to be one of the best blog challenges I’ve seen – it makes me smile every time I think about it! Especially as I have a big bag of kale sitting in the fridge. I can think of about 10 things I’d do with kale off the top of my head so I think you’ll easily be able to keep it going for a year!

  7. I made a very similar recipe this evening just before reading this – but with cauliflower florets. If you look up roasted cauliflower online you’ll find several variations. Of course, it doesn’t become like chips, just slightly crunchy but not bad for a vegetable that I don’t really like but often find myself buying because it is cheap and looks somehow more manageable for cooking for one than those huge bunches of ‘big’ greens, like kale.

    But if I’m using a hot oven for as long as cauliflower takes to roast, I need to have something else in there to justify the cost of the gas, a baked potato perhaps. I’ve seen what happens to my gas bill if I get into the habit of using the oven for even short periods of high heat.

    • Thanks for stopping by and leaving a comment CG πŸ™‚ I’ve roasted broccoli before, but haven’t thought of roasting cauliflower – I’ll have to give it a try.

      You can freeze greens to use in cooking later (they don’t work so well for salads). I’ve successfully frozen kale, spinach (even baby spinach) and bok choy for use in soups or curries.

  8. Am looking forward to seeing all the recipes you come up with. I’ve only bought kale a few times, and have only made kale chips with it so it will be nice to see some other recipes to try. Nicole

    • Hi Nicole, thanks for stopping by πŸ™‚ I really like your blog. I’ve got a whole lot of plans for kale meals over the next few weeks, and now have a freezer full of kale after a trip to the markets this morning, so will be able to experiment πŸ™‚

  9. I second the roasted cauliflower suggestion! It’s one of the easiest ways to prepare cauliflower. The crunchy bits are the best πŸ™‚

    My favorite way to eat kale is chopped up in tiny bits in a soup so I can disguise it (helpful when feeding wary husbands and picky brothers)! Recipe here:
    http://thegiraffelife.blogspot.com/2013/04/wild-rice-and-vegetable-soup.html

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