Dec. 12, 2012 04:12

Baking the unsung green. Kale is not typically thought of as the most nutritious green - most go for spinach for a nutrition boost, but kale is a strong contender for the top spot. A one-cup serving is only 33 calories and packs a fibrous punch with a little bit of protein.

A personal favorite use for the leafy green is to substitute it for lettuce in a salad, but kale also serves as a great snack that may curb that potato chip craving. It's difficult to mess up this recipe.

Wash, dry and tear your kale into medium-sized pieces. Spread them on a baking sheet. Drizzle with olive oil, salt and pepper (or garlic powder, or your favorite spice blend, or paprika, or garam masala - pretty much whatever you want). Bake them at 375 degrees for 10 minutes.
And that's it. They emerge crispy, full of that olive oil flavor with a dose of spice. It's pretty easy to indulge in an entire pan by yourself, but that's not so bad, considering what kale offers. Make some for a movie night at home, an appetizer for a dinner party or bring them for an afternoon snack at work.

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