The Bearded Iris

A Recalcitrant Wife and Mother Tells All

Roasted Kale Chips

When your loyal canine companion is in the hoosegow for the crime of protecting his family from a stick-wielding intruder, chances are you may want to take the edge off with a cocktail. Or two.

But if that’s not an option, you’ll need something else to squelch your sadness.

And indignation.

And rage.

You could choose something sweet and satisfying like several pints of Ben & Jerry’s. Or perhaps you would prefer to tie a bag of Cool Ranch Doritos to your face and go to town. Either of these options would work nicely in the short run.

As for me, I am choosing the high road. I need to be in tip top physical and mental shape when I go to Night Court to defend my sweet dog later this month and reduce his sentence. I am training for battle.

And thus, when I get that urge to snack until I burst, I will be snacking on Roasted Kale Chips.

They are super easy to make, very satisfying to munch on, and pretty healthy too. Here’s my recipe if you’d like to try these yourself…

You will need:

  • one bunch of fresh kale
  • extra virgin olive oil
  • salt and pepper

Here’s what you do:

1.) Preheat your oven to 400° F.

2.) Wash your kale. Or don’t, if you don’t mind some bugs, and/or pesticides, and/or E. coli with your kale chips. Totally up to you.

3.) Strip the leaves off the kale stems by holding the stem in one hand and grasping the leaves in the other hand, then pulling the stem away from the leaves like so:

And no, I’m not doing that with my feet. Did you think I was kidding when I told you about my hands? Not kidding. Hands like feet. Man feet. I can type really fast though and open jars like a mofo.

4.) Dry your kale leaves thoroughly. You know I am a big fan of the Spin n’ Stor for this part.

5.) Rip your kale into bite sized pieces.

6.) Spread the torn kale on a cookie sheet, preferably one with sides. I’m using the Pampered Chef large stoneware bar pan. I use it for everything. Look how beautifully seasoned mine is!

If you want one, come to my Pampered Chef party on Saturday or email me and I’ll order one for you.

7.) Drizzle the kale with extra virgin olive oil. Probably about a tablespoon.

8.) Salt and pepper to taste… but not too much! If you are feeling frisky, you could even put a little sprinkle of chili powder or garlic powder on at this point. That would be goo-ooo-oood!

9.) Use your hands and really mix it up so the oil and seasonings coat every single piece.

10) Place in the oven for about 20 minutes. You’ll want to stir it up once or twice while it is roasting.

The edges will brown up. That’s okay! It adds a great crispy texture and smokey taste that totally melts in your mouth.

11.) Serve and enjoy!

Iris's Roasted Kale Chips

By the way, I do this same technique with several other veggies like cauliflower and brussels sprouts (cut into fourths). It is delicious!! Try it and let me know what you think.

your friend,


© Copyright 2011, The Bearded Iris.

7 comments on “Roasted Kale Chips

  1. Megan
    April 7, 2011

    You and your kale. I passed some up at the grocery store yesterday. I must go back. I want my butt to look as skinny as yours up there. Kale it is!

    • The Bearded Iris
      April 7, 2011

      You are my new BFF. Just sayin’.

      Sent from my iPhone.

  2. Sue
    April 7, 2011

    This sounds pretty good…. and easy….. but it’s tips I want…. TIPS I tell ya!!!….. I want to know all the tips on HOW do I get my kids to eat it?

    • The Bearded Iris
      April 7, 2011

      Ha! Good point! I’m all about the bribery. I also enjoy lavishing with praise the one kid who will try it, then the others usually cave. They can’t stand to see Mommy dote on someone else!!!

      Sent from my iPhone.

  3. Jellyhead
    April 7, 2011

    Yum! I stuffed my kale hole with these and so did my husband! Really great and really easy, and like, a superfood. I’m still weeping over the injustice done to poor sweet Ike. What’s wrong with the world?

    • The Bearded Iris
      April 8, 2011

      YAY! Thank you so much for the rave review! Love the title of “superfood” for these crispy fine love nuggets.

  4. Gibby
    April 8, 2011

    A couple people have recommended kale chips (which always brings the words cow chips to my mind, I don’t know why) so maybe I should break down and just try them. I’m sure it’s one of those things I would enjoy if someone else made them for me! 🙂

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