Nov 16, 2011

Kale Chips

Last night, Kale Chips won the guests over as they munched on them before the party started. Many people fear kale, including myself at one time, because it's one of those leafy veggies that looks intimidating, yet it is at the top of the list with health benefits, including comprehensive support for the body's detoxification process, lowers the body's risk of 5 types of cancer (including breast and ovarian), and lowers the risk of cholesterol. So, really, we can consider this "garnish" a superfood! I have read, though, that steaming kale for 5 minutes is the most beneficial. So, if you don't have a dehydrator for this recipe, you may like to try steaming kale and add a little sea salt and a splash of lemon to see if your palette likes it.
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1 or 2 bunches of kale, washed
3/4 C Thai coconut water
2 cloves garlic, peeled
1/2 C fresh lemon juice
2 tsp sea salt
1 1/4 C raw pine nuts, sunflower seeds and or cashews (or any combination)
1/4 C stone-ground mustard
2+ TBS nutritional yeast

After washing the kale, take the large stems out by running a knife along the edges of the stems. Tear the kale into bite size pieces and place in a large bowl.

Combine the coconut water, garlic, lemon juice, salt, nuts and mustard in a Vita-mix or high speed blender and blend until smooth.
Pour this dressing over the kale chips. Add the nutritional yeast to taste. Massage the dressing into the kale to make sure that everything is evenly coated. Place the kale chips onto mesh dehydrator screens and dehydrate at 110 degrees for 3 – 4 hours or until crispy. Enjoy. And eat lots of kale!

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