I've been recently asked if I had a recipe for a Kale Chip that was crispy. I didn't have one, and I also wanted one, so I immediately thought of my longtime friend Pam Mahon, owner of Chow Bella, Nutrition Made Simple, based in Los Angeles, California. Pam and I go way back to the 80's, when our husbands (Fred and John) played in a band together called The Stickmen. Fred and I first met John, when Fred hired John to sub for another drummer in a band that Fred, at the time, was working in. It didn't take long after that, for the four of us to become good friends. I love remembering those times... young and optimistic!
Here's a photo of us spending the afternoon in Venice Beach. Check out all the legs... and Fred's swim trunks...:) What's with the poofy hair-do above my visor and those huge sunglasses... Lovely trash can...:) That's John & Pam on the right, looking so cool...:)
Ok, enough reminiscing... on to a little background on Pam Mahon of Chow Bella and her Amazing Kale Chips.
Through Chow Bella, Pam loves teaching people the benefits and healing powers of whole foods, and inspires them to make permanent changes in their diet and lifestyle. She creates programs uniquely suited to the lifestyle of each person she works with. I highly recommend her. She's awesome! Check her out: https://www.facebook.com/chowbellanutritionmadesimple
Amazing Kale Chips from Pam Mahon of Chow Bella, Nutrition Made Simple:
• 2 bunches of Fresh Kale (cleaned, dried, and torn into 2" pieces, stems removed)
I like Lacinato or Dinosaur Kale but any kind is fine.
• Spray olive oil to lightly coat leaves (I now use the spray because much less oil is used!)
• 1 Tablespoon Nutritional Yeast or grated Parmesan*
• Sea Salt and Pepper to taste
• Pinch of Cayenne or any other seasoning you like
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Combine all in a bowl and then spread on a cookie sheet. I use parchment paper on the cookie sheet, makes for easy clean up. Spread the Kale on the sheets and don’t overlap or crowd them. You may have to use 2 sheets depending on how much Kale you have. Cook for 10-15 minutes at 350. They should be just crunchy but not burnt. The chips will continue to crisp when they come out of the oven.
*Nutritional Yeast has a nutty, cheesy taste. The brand that most vegans use is Red Star Vegetarian Support Formula, because it is a good source of Vitamin B12 and contains no whey, an animal product that is used in some other brands.
Note: One cup of Kale has only 36 calories and zero grams of fat, which makes it a great diet aid. Furthermore, one cup contains nearly 20% of the RDA of dietary fiber, which promotes regular digestion, prevents constipation, and lowers blood sugar and curbs overeating.
If you want to make a Gluten-Free Kale Chip, eliminate the yeast & parmesan, but for flavor, spray the chips AFTER they are baked with Bragg's Amino Acids. Eat immediately because they'll get soggy.
"Happy nutritional snacking." ~ Pam Mahon, Chow Bella, Nutrition Made Simple
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