Baked Lettuce……Huh???!!!! Baked Alaska maybe, but lettuce?!

kale chips

Baked lettuce anyone?!  I’ll be honest, the thought of baked lettuce DID NOT appeal to me at all, but then I found myself stumbling into a gluten-free convention in Austin, Texas….

So, there we were, in Austin, Texas at another volleyball match…this time it was the final stop on the Tour of Texas Volleyball Tournament Series.  My friend, Marissa, myself and a few other vball moms were wandering the convention center, trying to get our fitbit steps in while we were waiting between volleyball matches.  When we reached the other end of the convention center, we noticed people, mostly women, entering and exiting a hall with overflowing cloth grocery bags…..we HAD TO know what was in there!  (Okay, don’t judge,, you know that you would have been curious too, I mean seriously……go in with an empty cloth bag and come out with it loaded up……who WOULDN’T want in on that?!!!)

A Gluten Free Convention…..full of TONS of free samples to try to take home……..wait…..there’s a groupon for buy one get one free admission tickets?!!!!  Marissa and I were in that convention in 15 minutes flat, carrying our empty grocery bags.  So, to spare you from boredom and the details of our greedy “pig fest”, (let’s just say we each had 2 bags stuffed with FREE samples when we were done….BUT, you aren’t judging, remember?!), I’ll cut to the point of this post.  One of the items in the magical bag was Kale Chips, these were obviously processed kale chips,  because they were in a convenient little chip bag, but our girls LOvED them!  So….after talking to one of the vendors at this convention, he explained how easy it is  to make your own Kale Chips, and I set out to find a recipe comparable to the highly processed one the girls loved.

Okay, so I might have fibbed to get your attention, it’s not really lettuce, it’s Kale.  So, what is kale?  Kale is a SUPER FOOD! Kale is a dark, leafy green that hails from the cabbage family, and it’s packed with vitamins and minerals.  At only 33 calories, one cup of raw kale has almost 3 grams of protein, 2.5 grams of fiber (which helps to manage blood sugar and help you feel full), vitamins A, C and K, Folate (a B vitamin that’s key for brain development), and it’s another way to get omega-3  into your diet (think fish, but a little less, it’s a healthy fat)..

Baked Kale Chips

1/2 bunch of kale leaves

1/2 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil or melted coconut oil

Preheat oven to 300 degrees

Line a baking sheet with parchment paper

Remove the stems and tear the kale leaves Into large pieces

wash and dry the leaves thoroughly

put the kale into a bowl and pour the oil over it, massage oil into all the nooks and crannies , you may also sprinkle with any spices you choose

spread onto parchment paper, being careful not to overlap any pieces

Bake 10 mins,  rotate the baking sheet and bake 12-15 minutes longer or until they start to firm up.

Remove from oven and allow to cool for 3 minutes before eating.

ENJOY!

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