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03 May 2012

Kale Chips

These ditties seem to be all the rage on the shelves of natural food markets and from raw vegan food companies.

Here's a nice, easy, economical make-me-at-home-in-ten-minutes-or-less-not-including-drying-time style!

Creates: a very large amount of kale chips
PrepTime: 10 minutes
Drying Time: 24+ hours at 97•F

1 large head of kale ($0.97)
1/2 c apple cider vinegar ($3.70 for the whole bottle)
1/4 c nutritional yeast, although not a raw food provides flavor ($1.05 for a bag the size of a baseball)

Wash and de-stem head of kale (watch my instructional video here).

In a large pan (I use a broiler pan bottom as it conveniently matches the size of my dehydrator sheets) lay out kale leaves. They will happily glisten for you while you prepare the toppings.

Sprinkle the apple cider vinegar over the leaves. Using your hands, gently toss to coat all leaves.

Next, add nutritional yeast flakes to coat leaves well. Toss again. This time use wooden spoons or other devices to keep your hands from becoming incredibly sticky and smelly :)

Place entire tray into dehydrator and dry for up to or over 34 hours at 97•F until your leaves become crunchy bits that you will savor every previous morsel of.

Kale chips are packed, I repeat PACKED with nutrition.

"Dehydrating kale increases its nutritional potency by breaking down plant cells and fibres, making the nutrients more available. Rich in chlorophyll, vitamin A, C and K; kale chips contain MORE CALCIUM than almonds and one of the highest of all green vegetables. They are also high in magnesium and IRON as well as omega 3 and 6 fatty acids.

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Yours in nutritional goodness and boundless joy.

Corinne


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