The past mother’s day weekend has been spent at Edible Arrangements, dipping hundreds and hundreds of pieces of fruit in white and dark chocolate. The thing I love about this job is that my boss loves good quality fruit bouquets AND she lets me eat my own mistakes.
After working for her this weekend, my boss gave me an arrangement (Half-dipped Apple Daisy) to give to my mom, however, since I live in Ottawa and dear ole mumsy lives down in Barrie, I was unable to give it to her. So I ate it. =P Sorry mom.
The arrangements are constructed in various types of containers, ranging from large pots and watering cans, to small vases. Mine was a large mug. Inside, the arrangement artists put in a cut piece of pool noodle, and covered it with kale for a base. Kale, as some of you probably know, is kind of a bitter, thick, but very vitamin rich type of lettuce. Most people don’t like to eat it, but I didn’t want to put the kale from my arrangement to waste as there was a good chunk of it. So I looked up different recipes that use kale, and the simplest recipe I found was one for Kale chips! I figured it was an interesting way to eat healthy kale, plus I was bored. =P
- 1 bunch kale, washed and dried thoroughly, separated from the thick stem and ripped into bite-sized pieces.
- 1 tbsp olive oil
- 1 tsp sea salt
- Preheat oven to 350F.
- Fill a large mixing bowl, or if yours are all dirty, a large ziplock bag, with all of your bite-sized pieces of kale.
- Drizzle olive oil (I approximated and didn't really bother measuring exactly 1 tbsp) and shake sea salt onto kale.
- Mix until all pieces are coated evenly with olive oil and salt.
- Spread out kale pieces onto a parchment paper-lined baking sheet.
- Bake for 10-15 minutes until edges of kale are lightly browned.
- Remove from oven and let cool. Enjoy!
For the record, my picture of kale chips does not depict the extent of brown edges you need for crispy kale chips, because my oven usually is hotter than normal, so I was iffy about leaving them in too long. This resulted in slightly chewier chips. But that was fine, I didn’t really care. Also, make sure you properly dry yours or else they won’t crisp well =P. I didn’t do that.