Forget popcorn- eat kale!

Yeah, I know this sounds awful.  I’m not sure where I came across this recipe but I would literally rather have this with a movie than popcorn.  I can’t believe how tasty it is!  I can’t guarantee your kids will eat this but I love it.  Google “roasted kale” and you’ll come across several variations.  Mine is about as simple as it gets:

Roasted Kale

  • A bunch of kale, green or purple washed and dried well
  • 1-2T Olive oil
  • Salt

Fold each leaf in half along the stem and use a knife to trim the stem off.  Tear into 2-3 inch pieces.  Toss with olive oil and mix well to coat all the leaf pieces.  I’d use about 1-2T per bunch.  Put in the oven at 375F for 7min.  Gently turn the pieces over and bake for another 10-12min.  Sprinkly lightly with sea salt and serve.  The pieces should be very crunchy.  If they’re chewy at all, put them back in the oven.

Now, fire up your favorite movie and enjoy!

While roasting the smell is wonderful, almost like popcorn.  The final result is crunchy with a tiny bit of pleasant bitterness left from the kale.  Some bunches of kale seem to be more or less bitter than others.  If your batch tastes really bitter try it again with kale from a different market.

This recipe might work well with other greens but I’ve not tried any.  I think kale works particularly well because it’s curly and fairly dry so it crisps up nicely in the oven.  Chard might work too.  Some time I might try to  add in some Bragg’s liquid aminos before cooking instead of salting at the end.  That might add a nice flavor.

I’ve still not found a good use for the stems that are left.  I thought about boiling them and adding to vegetable soup but haven’t tried it yet.  If anyone has any good ideas for what to do with the stems, post a comment!

5 thoughts on “Forget popcorn- eat kale!”

  1. This is a super tasty snack and my 9 year old daughter LUVS it. Here’s my input. Organic Kale is usually tastier and not bitter. I sometimes sprinkle the Kale with the cheese powder that
    you find in Mac and Cheese boxes. Wow that makes it so good! Even my daughters friend like them. Enjoy!

  2. I grew up cooking the kale from either raw or dried and mashing it in potatoes, serving it with sausage or bacon. It then also fries up the leftovers nicely.

  3. I give them to my dogs and they eat them usually !! but you could put them thru your juicer or chop and put in stew as u suggested

  4. My experience with dried, or roasted kale had the stems intact. Bought it at a farmers market here in Spokane. They were dusted with nutritional yeast and were really yummy. Having the stems (they were dried) was like having a popsicle stick that you could eat.

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