Roasted Kale with Sea Salt
Say the word “kale” and watch people’s reactions: a raised eyebrow, a snicker, or maybe a smile and acknowledgement that he or she is in on the news: Kale is a superfood rich in nutrients (Vitamins A,K,C, E, the B vitamins, and manganese) and minerals (iron, calcium, potassium, and phosphorus) that not only nourishes our bodies but is also a flavorful vegetable that can be used as a side dish or a snack food.
A rich dark-colored curly leaf cabbage, kale has many varieties known for a bitter and earthy flavor although Lacinato Kale (which is also known as Dinosaur Kale or Tuscan Kale) enjoys favored status because the leaves are a bit sweeter with a lighter, softer texture than other curly leaf kale varieties.
Kale has a strong spine which makes the roasted leaves ideal to make into a chip as an alternative to potato and corn chips. Rhythm Superfoods takes fresh organic Lucinato Kale, triple washes the leaves, and then roasts the leaves with a light coat of sunflower oil before adding sea salt. Thin and light, the Roasted Kale leaves are flavorful and delicate with no bitter taste.
Nutritionally, a serving (1/2 of the package or 11 grams) has 50 calories, 2 grams of protein, 1 gram of dietary fiber, 4.5 grams of fat (no saturated), and 2 carbohydrates. There is 0 grams of sugar and 250 mg of sodium (about the worst thing one could say about these chips is that they are a bit high in sodium).
Serve the chips as an appetizer, a snack, or even on a sandwich for an added crunch (try smashed avocado and Roasted Kale on whole grain bread).
Sold in .75 ounce packets (within a tray to minimize breakage), Rhythm Superfoods Roasted Kale leaves sell for $3.99 at Whole Foods Markets nationwide. The company also makes Roasted Kale in four other flavors – all vegan – Chili Lime, Smoky Bacon, Sea Salt and Vinegar, and Roasted Garlic and Onion.