Maple Bloom Farm / Kale

Trying out new foods and dishes can be an enjoyable and tasty experience. Here are some recipes to make the best of what you found in this week's veggie box! There may be a few but don't get bogged down on the selection, just pick one and go! You're bound to find something your taste buds will love. If you have any personal favourite recipes for this item, please send it to us and we'll include it on this page!

Kale is a wonderfully nutritious leaf vegetable that can be eaten raw such as in a salad, boiled and topped with oils and spices as a side dish, or baked into delicious kale chips! Here are some links to a number of recipes we think you'll enjoy:

Our Kale Chips
Preparation time: 5 minutes (tops) / Cooking time: 7-10 minutes / Serves 1 or 2)

We rarely enjoy kale any other way. A healthy, nutritious, irresistibly delicious snack in 15 minutes or less!

  • Kale
  • 2 tbsp oil (vegetable, canola, olive, etc.)
  • 1 tsp of salt
  • 1 tsp of any other spices you like -- we use vegetable spice and pepper

1. Preheat oven to 300 degrees Fahrenheit.

2. Take 3 ounces (roughly 8-10 leaves) of kale and tear the leaves into chip sized pieces, excluding the stalks.
       Note: Our bags tend to have 6 ounces. If serving 4 or more, use the whole bag on two baking sheets.

3. Put the chip sized pieces of kale in a large mixing bowl and add the oil, salt, and other spices. Stir everything together very well --  the oil should coat every chip to improve baking and to allow the spices to be evenly distributed.

4. Place a piece of parchment paper on a baking pan/cookie sheet and spread the kale chips out evenly in a single layer. If you're using the whole bag of kale, use two pans. If placed directly on the pan or aluminum foil, the kale will likely stick.

5. Once oven is preheated, bake for 5 minutes. Chips should be getting crispy by this point. You can either a) use two spoons to toss the chips or b) leave them in as is. (I don't find tossing is necessary.)

6. Bake for 2-3 more minutes, but watch VERY closely because kale chips burn VERY easily.
     Energy-saver tip: turn off the oven and bake for five more minutes (still watch VERY closely).
7. Chips are done when edges are browned. Serve and enjoy! Kale chips don't keep particularly well, so best enjoyed in one sitting.

 

Kale Salad
http://ohsheglows.com/2012/11/12/my-go-to-kale-salad/


The Smitten Kitchen's kale archives (complete with pictures of each dish) -- the potato, scallion, and kale cakes look especially enticing!
http://smittenkitchen.com/blog/category/vegetable/greens/kale/