The NEW Chip in town

Monday, October 1, 2012

If you haven't been living under a rock for the past few years then you've most definitely heard of the latest craze in healthy snack foods, kale chips.  And if you haven't heard of this amazing vegetable chip then I would encourage you to give them a try.

You may be able to relate when I say that I have found 2 problems with store bought kale chips though; 1. They are really expensive. 2. They often have way to much of the "cheesy" coating for my taste.   I've been experimenting at home for a more subtle chip and I'd like to share my kale chip recipe with you.  They are simple to prepare but they do take some time to dehydrate whether you use your oven or a dehydrator.  As the great saying goes, "Good things come to those who wait."

Benefits of a kale -- raw, dehydrated or steamed:
  • cholesterol lowering ability when steamed
  • lowers risk for bladder, breast, colon, ovary, and prostate cancers
  • provides support for the body's detoxification system at a genetic level
  • antioxidant and anti-inflammatory flavonoids

KALE CHIPS           serves 4

Ingredients:
1/2 bunch kale torn from stem (roughly 4 cups)
1/2 cup raw cashews soaked (2 - 4 hours)
1/4 cup water
1 tsp Bragg's liquid aminos or tamari sauce
1/4 cup nutritional yeast
1 tsp apple cider vinegar
1/4 tsp garlic powder

Directions:
1.  Wash kale thoroughly, pat try, and tear leaves into pieces from the stalk place in a mixing bowl
2.   Drain soaked raw cashews and the remaining 5 ingredients into a food processor or high speed blender until smooth
3.  Scoop half of the cashew mixture onto kale and massage in the mixing bowl with your hands. Add more of the cashew mixture as needed until the kale is well coated.
4.  Place kale evenly onto 1 or 2 baking sheets and place in the over on 125 degrees for about 8-10 hours time or until the chips are crisp & have fully dried out.   Check on your chips and rotate the trays every 2 hours so as to assure even heat.
THESE ARE WORTH THE WAIT I PROMISE!
*Note:
These chips are meant to be eaten within 1- 2 days. Store chips in a container with a lid for freshness.  If it is humid you may need to reheat your chips to crisp them up again.
If you are in a hurry you could also steam some kale in 5 minutes and use the cashew coating as a dressing.  Delicious!

soaking cashews
Source: WHFoods

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