Kale Crisps: Naturally Gluten Free

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On Wednesday I gave you a most indulgent desert recipe so today I am going to give you something a wee bit healthier, all things in moderation as they say. In my family my Mum never really had a problem making us eat vegetables even greens, at Christmas there is usually a standoff over the last few brussels sprouts even to this day. I like veggies and doing interesting things with them and so when I first heard about kale crisps and then saw the high price of a packet of kale crisps I decided that I would keep my money and try making my own.

 
This is a really basic recipe and since you can now get big bags of kale in grocery stores for around €1.49 it is really cheap, you can vary this by changing the seasoning you use, I used garlic powder as it is what I had to hand but you should experiment to see what you would like, I have a chipotle rub spice mix that I really want to try with this.

Ingredients
1 bag of Kale
1 tablespoon of olive oil
½ teaspoon of garlic powder
Salt and pepper to taste.

Preheat your oven to Gas 4/180c/350
1. Rinse the Kale thoroughly and then dry. You want the kale dry so it crisps up rather than steams when you put it in the oven
2. Remove the centre stem which is quite tough and then either chop or tear the kale in to bite sized pieces.
3. Put the kale in a bowl and pour over the olive oil, use your hands to mix and make sure the leaves are well coated.
4. Put the kale on a tray and sprinkle over the garlic powder or other seasoning.
5. Put the tray in the pre-heated oven and bake for 10 to 15 minutes, halfway through the cooking you should use a fork to mix the leaves around or those art the outer edge of the tray may burn.
6. When the kale pieces have crisped up remove from the oven and season with salt and pepper. If you aren’t going to eat the crisps straight away store them in an airtight tin.

 
In a move that probably defeated the effort of making a healthy gluten free snack I enjoyed almost a full bowl of kale crisps with a Gluten Free beer while watching a movie, I recommend you try this.

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