Garlic Parmesan Kale Chips

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The first time I tried kale was last month. For most of my childhood I honestly thought it wasn't edible and was only used as a garnish since that's the way I always saw it. Even once I realized it was edible and there were tons of different ways you could prepare it, I was still hesitant because I was told it was similar to broccoli. While I enjoy most vegetables, broccoli is definitely one of my least favorites. I can handle it in small amounts when raw, but cooked, I think its absolutely disgusting.

Then I started to see all of these recipes for kale chips. I just couldn't picture a leafy green as a chip. I also couldn't picture it being delicious like everyone claimed. I assumed these were the same people who used cauliflower instead of potatoes and claimed it was "just like the real thing!" Yes, you can get a similar texture but you may want to get your taste buds checked if you think mashed potatoes and mashed cauliflower to resemble mashed potatoes taste anything alike.

I was feeling rather adventurous during my trip to the farmers market one week and I noticed he was selling large bags of kale for $1. I snatched one up right away figuring even if I didn't like it, $1 wasn't much money to waste and plus I'd have an easy garnish to use. 



Garlic Parmesan Kale Chips
Inspired by: Skinny Taste
Servings: 2-3
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Ingredients:
    • 1 small handful kale, washed and stems trimmed
    • 1 tbs. grated Parmesan cheese
    • 1/2 tsp. garlic powder
    • pinch of red pepper flakes
    • salt, to taste
Directions:
1. Preheat the oven to 350. Line a baking sheet with foil and spray with non-stick cooking spray.
2. Place the kale in an even layer on the baking sheet and mist lightly with the non-stick cooking spray. Sprinkle the Parmesan cheese, garlic powder and red pepper flakes over the kale.
3. Bake for 10-12 minutes or until the kale is crispy and the Parmesan cheese is lightly browned.
4. Season with salt to taste and serve hot.

I was rather surprised with myself that I really liked this. While they taste nothing like potato chips (which I didn't expect) there wasn't a very strong vegetable flavor either. So for a healthy alternative to chips, I think they're quite worth it. Plus they're incredibly easy and fast to make!

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