Monday, March 11, 2013

Kale chips with nutritional yeast flakes!

Kale is one of the wonderful veggies that the kiddies I have spawned seem to like... juiced, baked, steamed, whatever, they just love it! so here is a salute to to KALE!

Kale is green leafy vegetable in the Brassica family, which includes Brussels sprouts, collards and cabbage. Kale was brought to the United States by English settlers in the seventeenth century. Kale should be purchased when it has deeply colored leaves and hardy stems. The peak season for kale is the middle of winter to the beginning of spring, although it is available throughout the year.
Kale is also a rich source of the carotenoid and phytonutrient lutein, a natural antioxidant that can increase the health of both your eyes by blocking the potential damage that can be done by exposure to ultraviolet light from the sun. Lutein may also help improve the health of your skin.

Vitamin K
Kale is also a substantial source of vitamin K. Vitamin K is most associated with providing your blood with the ability to clot in order to help stop the bleeding when your skin is cut or broken.

Vitamin A
Kale can also provide you with a substantial amount of vitamin A. Vitamin A is essential for vision health, as well as maintaining healthy skin.

Vitamin C
Vitamin C is also abundant in kale, which can be accessed through juicing this vegetable. Vitamin C is necessary for keeping your body tissues healthy, such as your muscles and skin, as well as can help your body resist infection.

Kale is also a rich source of calcium, which can be beneficial for those who need calcium sources outside of milk-based products. Calcium is essential for strong and healthy bones, and is needed for the contraction of muscles, the conduction of nerve pulses and several other processes in the body.

Other Vitamins and Minerals
Kale is packed full of other vitamins and minerals... including manganese, copper, potassium, iron, magnesium, vitamin E, omega 3 fatty acids, vitamins B1, B2 and B3, protein, foliate and phosphorus.

Kale Chips with Nutritional Yeast flakes


1 large bunch kale, tough stems removed, leaves torn into pieces 
1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
¼ teaspoon sea salt
Nutritional Yeast flakes


Position racks in upper third and center of oven; preheat to 400°F.

If kale is wet, very thoroughly pat dry with a clean kitchen towel; transfer to a large bowl.

Drizzle the kale with oil and sprinkle with salt. Using your hands, massage the oil and salt onto the kale leaves to evenly coat.

Fill 2 large rimmed baking sheets with a layer of kale, making sure the leaves don’t overlap.

Bake until most leaves are crisp, switching the pans back to front and top to bottom halfway through, 8 to 12 minutes total. (check often to prevent burning.)

Sprinkle nutritional yeast flakes onto "just out of the oven" kale.

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