Kale Chips (and Eat. Live. Be.)


It happens right about this time every year. I can count on it like I can count on my baby waking me up before my alarm clock goes off every day.


I get the summer blues. See, I work through the summer and July is CRAZY time at work. (I head up the Product Management team at an educational software company and we release a new version of our software at the end of July each year, in preparation for back-to-school.)

So, as the rest of the world is slowing down - heading off to less humid places, sleeping late, or just catching up on hobbies and family time - I'm speeding up. Cramming to fit more work into less time. Checking my email practically 24/7. Cutting back on sleep in a desperate attempt to create more hours in the day.


The worst is when people say "I don't know how you do it! Working all summer long with just a few days off." Honestly, most of the time I don't either know how I do it. And some days I don't really want to do it anymore. 

The saving grace is that I love my job, am passionate about what our company has been able to accomplish, and - as I always tell myself - I hate being bored! Sunny sandy beaches? Booooring. Lazy mornings sleeping in? Booooring. Crossword puzzles and chic lit? Booooring. Or so I tell myself. 

Today on "Eat. Live. Be" we're talking about things we can't live without. For me, it's my family and my kitchen. My family because they are always there for me, even when life is hectic and crazy. Coming home to a wonderful and lively crew makes even the busiest seasons fun. And my kitchen, well, my time in the kitchen - peeling, chopping, stirring, kneading - is like therapy for me. It helps me unwind after a long day, helps me put things in perspective. 

Here's my latest happy finding, a recipe that made major waves on the Internet months ago that I just got around to trying. It's fun to eat, super easy to make (once you've cleaned the kale), and - a bonus - super duper healthy

Kale Chips

1 bunch curly leaf kale
1 tablespoon olive oil
Salt, to taste

Preheat the oven to 325* and line two baking sheets with parchment paper.  

Rinse and dry the kale, and remove the stems and toughest ribs. Rip or cut the kale into large pieces - about three pieces per leaf - and then toss with the oil. Sprinkle with salt and toss some more. 

Arrange the leaves in a single layer on your parchment-lined baking sheets. Don't crowd the greens - you want them to roast, not steam. 

Bake for about 20 minutes, or until crisp. Cool for a few minutes before eating. 

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30 Responses to “Kale Chips (and Eat. Live. Be.)”

  1. I've heard a lot about these lately but have never tried them. I think the time has come. Yours sound delicious. I hope you have a great weekend. Blessings...Mary

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  2. I've only tried these once and made them way too salty! But I have more kale than I know what to do with right now - you just solved my problem!

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  3. Mmmmm....I love kale chips! I've dunked them in hummus as a coating before too. yum!

    I can kind of relate to your work love/hate situation. I can't say that I'm as busy in the summer, but because I work a lot online, I have to interrupt summer life (and vacations, etc.) to be inside doing work while everyone else is out enjoying themselves. I can't complain since I get to be more portable than other people... I will be doing webinars from my hotel room at disney world this summer!

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  4. I was with a friend at the farmers market and she was raving about kale chips. with hummus too? yay!

    I'll have to try these soon.

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  5. I love the kitchen therapy and I love making kale chips too. It's great to know another kale fan! Thanks for posting the recipe.

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  6. Kale chips are delicious, healthy and so easy! Love this.

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  7. I've recently made kale chips for my husband and found them to be extremely delicate. They practically crumble/shatter into a thousand little pieces if you pinch it too hard when picking it up. But, they were great, and very healthy. My MIL tells me that you can crumble the chips into tiny little pieces and mix it into chocolate pudding and your kids will never know. I guess we'll have to wait and see!

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  8. I just went full time at work so Im feelin' a part of your July pain. I think I need to try these kale chips, I think it's a little bizarre to make chips out of a leaf, but if it's good, I'm not going to argue.

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  9. Our lives are super busy in the summer too --- I always get a little envious of all the people vacationing and taking it easy because that usually isn't a luxury for us in the months of June through August!

    Kale chips are one of my favourite sides and snacks!!! I love how easy this recipe is :-)

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  10. I've been wanting to try these! They look delicious!

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  11. My kids are not huge vegetable eaters (probably because I'm not a huge vegetable cleaner/chopper/peeler/cooker). But kale is a veggie we all love and eat much of.

    Thanks for another beautiful and interesting blog posting.

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  12. I think most people work through the summer. At least everyone I know does!

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  13. You totally beat me to the kale chip post! I added a sprinkle of brown sugar to mine, and they were pretty tasty.

    P.S. Hope you catch a break this month...

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  14. Aww I'm sorry to hear that life is so crazy for you right now! Hopefully it'll slow down...and you can always stress eat these kale chips! yum.

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  15. I have been wanting to do this forever I just always forget to get kale at the store or market! I must give it a try though- looks great

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  16. Well I'm working through the summer as well. Such is the life of a student saving up money for fall tuition. So when I eat these kale chips after a long day of work, I'll think of you :)

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  17. I need to try making kale chips again. I did it once and some parts were soggy and others were burnt. I'll try your recipe next time!

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  18. Oh WOW! I was just given some kale and did not know what to do with it. This is perfect. Gonna make it as soon as the house cools down a bit!! Thank you!!

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  19. I've been so curious to try this! So healthy and so easy -- it's hard to believe it's so addictive.

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  20. These look spectacular and, having given up grains, I find I am CRAVING CRUNCH...Thank you for providing an alternative to my missed cracker fetish!!! Living in France...I cannot seem to pinpoint kale in any of our local farmer's markets or "supermarchés"...Would anyone out there have a suggestion for someone living near the French/Swiss border near Geneva? "Chou Frisée" is not quite the same thing..more like a curly cabbage..Blettes and Cardons...not the same either!! Help?..

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  21. These sound really delicious and it's great they are so healthy. I always find the summer is a busy time too, but I must confess I like it that way. Even when we go on holiday we keep very busy indeed! Thank you for sharing this delicious and healthy idea with Let's Do Brunch.

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  22. I've always wanted to try to make these! I feel inspired now :) Thanks!

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  23. I add flour on mine to make them crunchy. You could deep fry them to instead of baking them.

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  24. I've been addicted to Kale chips for years. I usually just put flour and deep fry them. I'll try this recipe out.

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  25. That just looks so terrific. You should try it with white wine.

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  26. I've tried this before but I put it with flour and deep fry it. I haven't tried baking them though.

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  27. I thought it was an arugula. Anyway, I tried this recipe and found that the flavor would depend on what olive oil you re using.
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