Late Snack: Kale Chips

From paleo to gluten-free, fueling an active day is more confusing than ever. Until now. Simplify your options with long-time food columnist and bestselling author Mark Bittman’s delicious new plan.

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Nutrition Info

Calories: 58
Cholesterol: 0mg
Fat: 3.9g
Saturated Fat: 0.5g
Protein: 0.6g
Carbohydrates: 5.8g
Sodium: 284mg
Fiber: 1.7g
Trans Fat: 0g
Sugars: 2.9g

A crunchy portion of oven-crisped kale is full of calcium and vitamin A. Lacinato (also known as black kale or cavolo nero) is best for this recipe, but any kind of sturdy greens, like collards or red kale, will work.

1 large bunch kale (about one pound), like lacinato
1 tablespoon olive oil
1/2 teaspoon salt

1. Heat the oven to 225 degrees. Trim the ends of the stems from the kale and cut the leaves into three-inch pieces. Toss them with the olive oil and salt, then put them on two baking sheets in a single layer.

2. Cook until slightly shriveled, dehydrated, and sweet but still soft and chewy. You might have to move them or the pan around to ensure they don’t burn or get too crisp. Start testing after about 30 minutes, and remove from the oven when as chewy or crisp as you like, another 10 to 20 minutes. Cool thoroughly before storing in an airtight container.

MAKES: 4 servings
About an hour, largely unattended

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