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Crispy Kale Recipe: Fat-Free Healthy Snack

I used to help in our family restaurant, love good food and enjoy thinking up creative ways to cook and use leftovers to avoid food waste.

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Crunchy, Crispy Kale (No Oil!)

Most crispy kale recipes include frying or baking the leaves using cooking oil in order to crisp it up. It's somewhat quicker to do that, but how nice to have a completely guilt-free snack which has a similar texture and flavour but is entirely fat free.

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Cook Time

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10 min

2 hours

2 hours 10 min

1 bowl full

Ingredients

  • 1 kilo kale, chopped into 2-inch pieces
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried crushed chilli seeds
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic, finely crushed (or use bottled garlic pieces)
  • 1/2 teaspoon garam masala or other spice of your choosing

Spice Adjustments and Options

  • For instance, if you are on a low-salt diet, you may wish to leave out the salt altogether or cut down on the amount.
  • If you don't like hot food, you may wish to cut down the amount of chilli seeds, but I wouldn't advise cutting them out altogether, as they do add flavour.
  • The garlic is optional, but as it is good for you and adds to the flavour, I would recommend using it.
  • You could replace the garam masala (which is actually a mixture of several spices) with a spice or spices of your choice, such as cinnamon, nutmeg, coriander, cumin, and/or curry powder . . . or you could omit the spice altogether.

Instructions

  1. Wash the kale leaves thoroughly in a strainer, removing any hard stems, and any parts which are yellowing or turning black. Then shake off as much water as possible.
  2. Line a large baking tray with silver foil and turn the oven onto the lowest possible heat, or on a very slightly higher heat if you want to cook the leaves quicker, but with the extra work of having to check them after 25 minutes and thereafter every 5 or 10 minutes to ensure they don't burn and turn black. (Slower cooking on a lower heat will avoid this problem.)
  3. Cut the leaves into pieces about 2 or 3 inches long. Then spread them out on the lined baking tray.
  4. Sprinkle salt, chilli seeds and garam masala or any other optional spice over the leaves. Then place the loaded tray in the oven for 2 to 3 hours, depending on the temperature.
  5. Remove them when crisp but not burnt black, and tip into a large bowl, to eat hot or cold, according to preference.

Photo Guide

Wash the kale

Wash the kale

Ingredients to spice it up

Ingredients to spice it up

Remove the hard stems from the kale leaves

Remove the hard stems from the kale leaves

Sprinkle salt and spices over the top

Sprinkle salt and spices over the top

Delicious crispy kale leaves, fresh from the oven

Delicious crispy kale leaves, fresh from the oven

Crispy kale, ready to serve!

Crispy kale, ready to serve!

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Do Leave Comments or Questions Here

Louise Powles from Norfolk, England on April 30, 2021:

I really do like kale, and this recipe sounds lovely. I'm definitely trying this. Thanks!

Thelma Alberts from Germany on April 30, 2021:

I love kale. Thank you for sharing the recipe. I would love to try it.

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