Everyone knows how addictive the casual chips are, but I guess everyone (I hope at least!) also knows that almost all of them aren’t really good for your body… But there’s a very easy, quick, totally healthy and also ridiculously addictive alternative- raw kale chips. They even taste like cheese flavored casual chips! Don’t think that cabbage chips can be worth trying? I hear you, but don’t judge until you haven’t tried them :)
I rarely do any recipes with precise proportions, and this is the same and you can always experiment and change proportions or add some new ingredients as you want, but for basic recipe you’ll need:
Raw kale chips
*1 big kale cabbage
* 2-3 Tbsp of nutritional yeast (I buy them from www.iherb.com, but they should be at any healthy food store)
* 1 cup cashew nuts, preferably soaked for few hours
* some water (depends on your blender, you need to be able to blend the cashews)
* Himalayan or sea salt
* around 2 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil
*optional ingredients: chili flakes, various dried herbs, garlic or onion powder, a squeeze of lemon juice.
Soak the cashews for about 2 hours. You can use them not soaked as well, but it’s much easier to blend them when they’re soaked. Drain them and add to blender (preferably high speed blender) and add a bit of water. The goal is to add as little as possible water, but still blend the cashews into creamy consistency. Take the kale, wash it and tear the leafs to small pieces, throw the stems out (or use for something else, like soup etc.). In a big bowl add the pieces of kale, pour the cashew cream, add nutritional yeast, salt and olive oil and mixed everything throughly. “Massage” the sauce into the kale :)
If you have dehydrator then put the drying sheets and add the chips in single layer. Dehydrate in 40°C until crispy. If you don’t have dehydrator, you can use your oven. Put baking paper in and again add the chips in single layer. Set your oven at lowest temperature and bake until crispy. Some ovens can have possibility to set low temperature, for others people use them partly open to still keep the low temperature. In this case you end up with a snack that’s raw and full of beneficial enzymes, vegan, gluten-free and so tasty that you can feed your kids with greens using this recipe :) For nutritional benefits of kale check here.
By the way, kale is not only one of the healthiest foods, but also one that you can grow during the colds in autumn and winter, so it makes a great choice when you’re searching for some vitamins and most of the other fresh produce is not in season.
I was really absent from this blog lately and one of the things why was that I was working on my new photography website, which you can check here: www.linaskukauske.com. Besides that and normal work I was also doing lots of new spiritual & psychological practices, studying in an online course and now started studying in another one (but this time it’s about lifestyle photography, so there should be more blog posts soon, as I have photography home works in this course ;) ), so there are many new things I now incorporate into my life, but I don’t feel ready to write about those topics yet. Maybe later after a bit more practice I’ll share my experience here as well, because I think they’re VERY beneficial, but as with every change you need to first fully accept it into your life.
It’s a rainy Sunday here in Germany, so I’ll take a plate of these green snacks, a good book and go to chill out in a bed with cozy wool blanket :) Let me know in the comments how was your experience with the kale chips ;)