Friday, 18 July 2014

Naked Kale Chips - no dehydrator required! {vegan, gluten and sugar free}


I am going to be perfectly candid, if you know me at all you know I have a big sweet tooth and love all things dessert but once in awhile I love something a bit salty to snack on in the evening. Like chips. But let's get real - chips, even the 'healthy' baked variety, are not all that healthy in reality. And secondly, it is kind of impossible to have just one chip. The second let's get real moment, after eating an entire bag of chips, or even half a bag, nobody feels that great afterwards. That is why I LOVE these Naked Kale Chips because they are healthy AND you can eat the ENTIRE batch AND feel great afterwards. When my sister and I made this one afternoon, we shamelessly enjoyed the entire double batch just the two of us!


These Kale Chips are healthy, crunchy, slightly salty, and contain just 4 ingredients - kale, sea salt, lemon and a pinch of olive oil. Can you get anymore bare than that? And like the 'real' thing they are addicting, like super addicting, and you don't have to feel bad about eating the whole batch because kale is pretty much the magic green food that makes you feel like a million bucks and gives you tons of energy from all the tasty and crunchy nutrients snuck into each bite.

One of the things I learned since moving to Belgium is that Kale is very hard to come by meaning I have been one kale deprived girl for the past year or so. Since coming back to Toronto for the summer I have been sneaking this beautiful vibrant green into almost everything I eat - I'm Kale obsessed! And these chips just make me that much more obsessed. Let's get chopping because these chips could not be easier to make.


First, remove your washed kale leaves from the thick stems and rip or cut your kale into large pieces - these will become your kale chips. It may seem like you have a ton of kale leaves from one bunch but not to worry, the kale shrinks big time when it dehydrates in the oven. After rinsing, pat your kale fully dry and add it into a large seal-able bag. Throw in the lemon juice, sea salt, and olive oil and shake up the kale until the all the kale is evenly coated. Spread the kale *soon to be chips* evenly on a couple of metal pans and leave to dry out in the stove on 250f for around 20 minutes (the exact time will vary depending on the humidity in the air).


Once your naked kale chips are perfectly crunchy and ready make sure to serve in a bright green psychadelic bowl and eat up :)



Wishing you a wonderful weekend  Let me know what you think or if you try this out in the comments, I love hearing your feedback!




Naked Kale Chips

Makes 4 servings ; Prep. time 15 minutes, Cook time 20 - 30 minutes

Note: This recipe is easily doubled and makes a great snack for the entire family! Make sure to rip kale into big pieces and thoroughly dry it before dehydrating in the oven. The key is to not crowd the kale chips on the baking sheet before placing them in the oven. The amount of time the kale chips take to dehydrate in the oven depends on how much moisture is in the air as well as the amount of moisture left on your kale before placing in the oven. Check the kale after 15 minutes and rotate the pan, checking every 5 minutes until the kale is perfectly crunchy. Once the kale has cooled down, throw the kale chips in a bowl and enjoy!


Ingredients

  • 1 bunch kale
  • 1/4 lemon, juiced or 1 1/4  tbsp fresh lemon juice
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1/2 tsp sea salt  heaping cups frozen wild blueberries 
  • 1 tsp cayenne pepper (optional)

      • Instructions
  1. Pre-heat oven to 250f or 120c
  2. Thoroughly wash kale.
  3. Remove kale leaves from thick kale stems and rip or cut kale leaves into large pieces.
  4. With a paper towel, dab and thoroughly dry kale leaves.
  5. Add salt, olive oil, lemon juice and optional cayenne pepper into seal-able bag. Add kale into bag, seal the bag and shake, shake, shake the bag until the kale is evenly coated with the olive oil, salt, lemon juice and optional cayenne pepper.
  6. Evenly distribute the kale on the baking sheet, making sure to not crowd the kale on the baking sheet.
  7. Bake for 20 - 30 minutes or until the kale chips feel nice and crunchy! Make sure to check on the kale chips at about 15 minutes in and rotate the pan to ensure that none of the chips get burnt!
  8. Wait for the chips to cool down, devour and enjoy :)

Nutritional BenefitsHigh in iron, manganese, magnesium, potassium, calcium, vitamin A, C and B6. Low in sodium and these chips contain absolutely no cholesterol - that is one heck of a nutritional profile! 


Weight Watchers points+: 1points+ 



Some other healthy savory eats:


Roasted Tomato Pesto Melt (With Roasted Broccoli Pesto) - Vegan and Gluten Free!


Butter 'Chicken' - The best vegan and gluten free butter chicken ever!




Let's Chat: What's your go to salty treat?



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I've arrived back in Toronto - and it feels great to be back! The best part about being home with friends and family is the feeling like you never left and picking up exactly where we left off. There is something so amazing, reviving, and beautiful about coming back to my roots and spending quality time with the ones I love. Since coming back it has been nonstop busy and I am loving every minute of it. Currently, I'm in New York State for a girls shopping weekend away with my mom and grandma - it's beautiful here :)


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Thursday, 26 June 2014

Coconut Banana Vegan Overnight Oats & I'm done with exams!!!!!

I could do a million and one happy dances right now! I am done with my exams! Part 1 of my Master's is complete! Woohoo! And maybe even more importantly, I am off to Canada in a few days! I can't believe it has been almost six months since I've been back home! I cannot wait to give my family and friends a big giant hug :D  *excuse all the exclamation marks, I can't contain this happiness!!

It was a good idea to unplug myself for exams because I had some serious schoolwork that needed to get done. Halfway through my exams I actually told J, "I don't think I am going to be able to make it!". He laughed because I seem to go through this every time I have exams... and low-and-behold I did it and I'm done! Let the summer commence :D 

The hardest part of exams for me is trying my best to stay concentrated when I would rather be outside running, enjoying the sun, and doing summer-y things like enjoying cold drinks on a terrace. Even though there was not much time to do the latter I did manage to keep up my running and do a bit of yoga - possibly the only two things that kept me sane during these past few weeks. A few months ago J and I discovered an old medieval abbey near our place (I know right, how did we not realize it was there before) with a couple beautiful trails for walking and jogging. I've been enjoying running by the Abbey, through the beautiful trails in the forest and into Flander's Fields. I find that even having an hour for myself to run outside, finding peace in nature, makes such a difference to my overall well being. 


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Tuesday, 27 May 2014

Unplugged for exams!

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Thursday, 15 May 2014

My first 15 km race in Bruges & Getting over 'Silly' Goals!

I DID IT!! I completed my first 15 km race in Bruges last weekend and I could not be happier that I completed the race!! If you are not acquainted with the beautiful city of Bruges, Belgium, it is a wonderful, quaint Medieval city located in the Flanders region of Belgium. Running with over 4,000 runners through the cobblestone streets of Bruges, passing by the local chocolate shops, homemade Belgian waffle stands as well as the charming canals and the wonderful windmills - I could not ask for a better place to complete my first long race!


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