When I was a kid, I had no idea what kale was. In fact, I'm pretty sure that kale didn't exist back then. The first time I saw it, I was an adult, and I thought it was some kind of lettuce. The first time I tried it, I thought it was pretty disgusting lettuce. Although I know it's an important source of vitamin whatever and pure essence of kale, I really wasn't sure why God decided that we needed it.
But lo and behold, if you add a little salt and oil and bake the kale, it goes from disgusting to magical. It is so tasty that your kids will not want to stop eating it, and you will need to hide some away if you want any. Here's the recipe:
1. Wash the kale and pat or spin it dry.
2. Pull the leaves off of the stalk. Some pieces will be larger than others; that's okay.
3. Drizzle oil over the leaves and toss them around. Spread the oiled leaves on a cookie sheet in a single layer. Do NOT allow the leaves to overlap.
4. Sprinkle with salt.
5. Bake at 350 degrees for about ten minutes or until the leaves start to crisp.
6. Allow to cool.
That's it. As soon as the bowl hits the table, our kids dig in. In fact, here is a quote from a recent dinner of homemade pizza and kale chips.
"Daddy, can I have more kale chips."
"No, you need to eat your pizza first before you get any more kale."
Yeah, after that conversation I realized that this vegetable was a winner.