Kale Haiku

Kale, a Superfood
or loathsome vegetable
Stuck between my teeth

Ah, kale. The darling of the farmers market. The badge of the Paleo police. The leathery, chewy, leaf that is just EVERYWHERE. That stuff is not my favorite raw. I gritted my teeth, quite literally, through a bag of mixed salad greens I had bought for my lunch last week. I swear I cut my lip on its jaggedy edge. But, braised, with some olive oil, chicken broth and garlic? That's nice. Sliced into ribbons and swirled through a garlicky, brothy soup? It becomes all silky and adds nice structure to the broth. Bake it until crisp and sprinkled with a little sea salt. Pretty darn tasty.

It just has no business mixing it up with my romaine.

Baked Kale Chips
Preheat the oven to 300

Remove the stems and tough ribs from the leaves of one bunch of lacinato kale. Wash the kale thoroughly (unless you have a thing for grit) and dry it very well.

In a large bowl toss the kale leaves with a couple tablespoons of olive oil, (you could also use avocado oil or coconut oil) make sure the leaves are evenly covered with the oil.

Lay the leaves in a single layer on a sheet pan that has been lined with parchment. 

Bake the leaves for 20 minutes or until dry and crispy. Immediately after pulling them from the oven sprinkle them with some sea salt.


  1. I often use kale but haven't made chips. I'll use your recipe today! We are making a paleo lifestyle change & I've never felt better. In a month or so I will begin the autoimmune protocol of Paleo. I follow PaleoMom and her new book is on Amazon. Her cookbook will be out in a few months. Her bio is fascinating and recipes are great. Check my Pinterest board to see some of them. I love you, my sweet niece.

  2. Thanks Fifi! We have been following the Whole 30 and feel great. We plan to continue on after our 30 days are up. It's been a great change for us as well. Love to you!