August 10, 2014

How to Make Kale Chips

Kindergarten Leaf Unit Study

How to make the best kale chips ever.  Seriously, I make two batches of these for my kids, and they are gobbled up within minutes.

Okay, this might be the most random post I've ever written considering I'm not a food blogger, but after you try this recipe for kale chips you will thank me.  During J-Bug's leaf unit in My Father's World Kindergarten we made it a point to have leafy snacks every day.  This wasn't too hard considering we are already big on getting in our greens, but J-Bug got a kick out of relating our meals and snacks to his school work.  He also seemed surprised to consider lettuce and kale "leaves".  Now when we eat our greens he refuses to call them anything besides leaves. Since these were a big part of our leaf unit, I had to share how to make kale chips that are highly addicting and completely healthy:

The best recipe for homemade kale chips

How to Make the Best Kale Chips Ever

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The best recipe for homemade kale chips - a mother approved and kid tested recipe.

Directions:  Trim the stems off of the kale leaves and rinse the greens well.  Pat dry with a paper towel.  While the kale is drying mixing together the remaining ingredients.

Once the kale leaves are dry transfer them to a bowl.  Pour the mixture on top of the greens, only using as much as necessary to cover the kale.  I do not use the entire mixture every time, so add it slowly.  The kale leaves should be evenly coated but not sopping wet or caked with the mixture.  If you get too much of the coating on some kale as shown below, gently squeeze it off with your fingers.  I mix the entire batch by hand to be sure all of the leaves are evenly coated.  Any unused sauce can be stored in the refrigerator in an air tight container and used up to a week later.

Preheat the oven to 350 and spread the kale onto a cookie sheet.  Bake for 30 minutes, checking often.  How much water a head of kale holds can vary quite a bit, so some batches of kale will crisp up quicker than others.  We generally make two batches at a time, so I pull the cookie sheet out of the over a few times during cooking to pull the leaves from the bottom and move them to the top.  I check my kale chips at least every ten minutes.  Sometimes they need to cook longer than 30 minutes.

We have tried many recipes for kale chips over the past few years, and this is by far the best way to make them.  My boys stand near the over door waiting for the treat to be ready, and they devour them the second the kale chips are cooked.  You should see the surprised looks on strangers at the grocery store when we pass the lettuce section, and one of my boys hollers, "Ooh can we get some kale!?"

Our favorite afternoon snack that is kid approved and packed with nutrition!

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Hands down the very best recipe for kale chips ever.  Period.

More hands on leaf activities for kindergarten:

How to make homemade paint brushes using leaves and sticks - art with nature! Learning with playdough and natural elements Simple science for kids - how does a leaf get water?

1 comment:

  1. This post is such perfect timing!!! I just made a batch of kale chips and they ended up soggy. I just got another bag of kale, though, so I’m giving yours a try later this afternoon!


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