Spicy & Crispy Baked Kale.

We all know that kale is super healthy, but I always found it a bit bland and uninteresting. Until I have tried to bake it that is. I’ve experimented quite a lot with different flavours and found this particular one to be the best for my taste, as it is both spicy and cheesy. Speaking of cheesy – this recipe is vegan, with the cheese flavor coming from nutritional yeast flakes, that can be bought at any health food store or online.

Make sure that you drain and pat dry kale properly. The leaves can be damp, but not wet, otherwise it will steam in the oven and will be less crispy. If you don’t like it spicy, add 1/4 tsp. of cayenne pepper.

Spicy & Crispy Baked Kale
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Ingredients
  1. 200g kale
  2. Pinch of rock or sea salt
  3. A dash of olive oil, about one tablespoon
  4. 2 tbsp. nutritional yeast flakes
  5. 1/2 tsp. cayenne pepper
  6. Black pepper to taste
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 140C and line the baking tray with baking paper.
  2. Wash the kale and remove the tough stems. Pat dry the leaves and place them on the prepared tray.
  3. Add the rest of the ingredients and mix it with kale thoroughly, massaging it, to evenly distribute the spice mixture and oil.
  4. Bake for about 30 minutes, until it is dry and crispy at the edges. Make sure it doesn't burn or brown. It should be crispy and dry, but still green.
  5. Remove from the oven and leave to cool before eating.
  6. Serve as a side dish or a healthy snack.
Notes
  1. Lower the temperature if kale starts to brown. Lower temperatures and longer cooking is better here.
  2. The crispy kale is best eaten right away. If you left it standing too long, or even decide to store it, it will re-hydrate and loose its crisp, becoming dull and chewy.
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