Over the weekend I made Homemade Kale Chips, you won’t miss Potato Chips. One of the things I love most are potato chips, they are now reserved to eating only on special occasions, like a friends cookout. I no longer buy them to have to eat with a sandwich or packed in Jeff’s lunch. So let me show you the comparison of the of a kale chip verses a potato chip:
Jeff’s Favorite Chip – Lay’s Potato Chip 80z:
- 160 calories for 17 chips which is about 1 ounces
- bag total calories 1,280
My Homemade Kale Chips:
- 55 calories for 17 chips which is about 1 ounces
- 8oz bowl total calories 440
Homemade Kale Chips – you won’t miss Potato Chips!
It’s amazing how much you eat when you start counting the calories on a product. This is one thing that you never see when traveling to France, a bag of chippies! With the USA having an obesity rate 37% and France obesity rate is 16.9%. I wondered if the potato chips, being a big part of American food, has a direct link to the over weight issues we have in America?? We serve them everywhere! As we all know you can never just have one chip.
So I started making Homemade Kale Chips awhile back and it took me making them 3 times before I got them super crispy. The secret was draining them completely and not leaving them wet at all. This makes for the perfect kale chips and will take you no time to make. I also like to season them but so far garlic has been my favorite. They are so much better then store bought and much cheaper. An average size bag of kale chips at the grocery store will cost $4.00 a bag. If you buy kale at WholesFoods, 2 bushels will cost you $4.00. This makes 10 times the amount of a single store bought kale chip bag.
- 2 teaspoons garlic salt
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 6 cups Kale about 2 bunches, rinsed with stems removed
Cut kale into 2 to 3 inch pieces and remove the stem.
Wash kale and dry completely.
Rub olive oil to kale and mix by hand.
Try to get all the leaves covered.
Place on baking sheets (I like to use parchment paper for easy clean up) and bake at 350 F until they are crispy.
Time for baking varies depending on the size of your chips and desired crispness. So check and rotate pan as they cook.