Foods of the Moment: Kale Chip How-To

Hey, friends!! Happy weekend! I am in a particularly good mood as I was able to do something this morning that makes me feel much more comfortable and less freaked out about my upcoming half marathon! I ran 13.1 miles in the slushy, snowy weather!!!!

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Got it done in an hour and forty three minutes and felt great! Yes, it felt long to be running for almost 2 hours, but my legs felt great the whole time and I still had fuel in the tank once I was done!

This makes me feel so much more confident that I’ll be prepared for my half in March! I knew I could run the distance, but the last time I did was about a year ago, so I definitely wanted to test myself again now that I am about a month away from the big day!

In other news, I have lots of fun foodie stuff to share with you all today! It looks like my Foods of the Moments posts are making a comeback as I’ve been pretty consistent with posting one every few weeks!

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Aside with some foods I’ve been loving lately, I also have a fun ‘how-to’ to share with you all!

A few of you have asked how I make my kale chips so I thought I’d give you a step by step guide and some tips for making delicious, healthy, flavor packed kale chips!

kalechips.jpgI’ve experimented with a lot of different combinations (and even shared my recipe for Coconut Curry Tofu Kale chips) but I thought I would focus on the two varieties I make most often today!

Here is my basic formula for perfect kale chips (it’s a little unusual, but it works)!

Kale+Egg White+Protein+’Fun Flavor Inducers’ (cheese, crushed crackers, nutritional yeast, etc.) +Herbs&Spices 

Now let me explain that a bit:

1. First I get my kale, remove the stems, and cut into small (but not too small!) pieces.

2. Next I add my protein source….my favorite two to use are tvp (already cooked) or pressed tofu cut into chunks.

3. I then add sliced onion. I always add onion to my kale chips as the crisp up in the oven and become like onion rings!

4. Next, I add some sort of starch like crushed crackers or bread crumbs to give the kale chips some texture. As well as the herbs and spices I am flavoring the chips with!

5. To finish, I add one large egg white and mix everything together with my hands so it’s evenly coated.

6. Finally, I bake the kale chips on a parchment paper lined baking sheet at 400 degrees until they are at my desired level of crispness.

You may be wondering about the use of egg whites in this recipe. Well, not only does it add an extra protein source into the mix, but it gives the kale chips a great, unusual texture! Plus if makes all the other ingredients stick together and bind to the kale more easily!

Here are the two mixes I use most often:

TVP-Feta Kale Chips

by Healthy Helper

 

Ingredients

  • 1 bunch of kale, de-stemmed and roughly cut
  • 1/4 cup of dry tvp, prepare as directed
  • 2 tbsp feta cheese
  • 1/2 cup sliced onion
  • 1 egg white
  • spices (red pepper flakes, fennel seed, basil, thyme, oregano, rosemary)

Instructions

Preheat oven to 400. Mix all ingredients together until evenly coated. Spread evenly on a parchment paper lined baking sheet. Bake for 30-40 minutes or until desired level of crispness is achieved.

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Cheesy Tofu Kale Chips

by Healthy Helper

 

Ingredients

  • 1 bunch of kale, de-stemmed and roughly cut
  • 1 serving of tofu, pressed and cut into chunks
  • 2 tbsp nutritional yeast
  • 1 serving of whole grain crackers, crushed into crumbs
  • 1/2 cup sliced onion
  • 1 egg white
  • spices (red pepper flakes, fennel seed, basil, thyme, oregano, rosemary)

Instructions

Preheat oven to 400. Mix all ingredients together until evenly coated. Spread evenly on a parchment paper lined baking sheet. Bake for 30-40 minutes or until desired level of crispness is achieved.

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Other foods that have been suitin’ my fancy….

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A Marshall’s find of course! I am constantly coming across the most unique foodie purchases at that store! This stuff is fiber mix of artichoke, oat, apple, and fennel and it has a consistency similar to flax seed! I wasn’t sure exactly what I’d use it for, but I decided to experiment with making some homemade tortillas with it!

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I simply mixed a tablespoon with some egg whites and baking powder and ended up with a doughy tortilla to eat with some fish tacos I made last week! Tasted pretty good too! The fennel added a really pleasant sweet taste to it!

simplyprotein.jpgI know I mentioned these guys in my last Foods of the Moment post, but I seriously can’t get enough! My friends over at Simply Choices hooked me up with another shipment of Simply Protein Crunch and I was ecstatic when I opened up the package! It was perfect timing since I had just run out and I was seriously starting to go through CRUNCH withdrawals. This stuff is SO addicting. It’s like the perfect combination of light and airy cereal with a caramelized coating and fruitiness of a delicious granola! It’s like protein packed trail mix…but better! I’d have to say my favorite flavor is the Coconut Raspberry…but only by a small margin! Each flavor is incredibly unique and yummy. I eat it by the handful for a quick snack at school, but I’ve also tried it like cereal with a pour of almond milk. So good. And it stays perfectly crunchy even with the milk!

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAMary’s Gone Crackers sent me a great sampling of some of their products, including one of their newest additions to their line of organic, gluten-free crackers….JALANPENO! I have tried their crackers in the past and loved how they have so many different textures in them due to all the seeds in them. They are also incredibly thin and crispy! Perfect vehicle for a great slice of cheese or a spread of your favorite dip! The Jalapeno crackers taste pretty similar to their Original Seed variety but with a great kick of spice and heat at the end! Definitely cleared my sinuses! :)

The Sticks and Twigs were delicious as well! A great alternative to boring pretzels as they are PACKED with flavor! The sea salt adds a great taste that pairs well with the nuttiness of the sticks without being too overpowering.

This was my first time trying their cookies and I was really impressed. They definitely have that ‘healthy’ taste to them but they’re still really yummy! I liked how they were bite sized and that they’re made with some really high quality, nutritionally dense ingredients like: brown rice, amaranth, pink himalayan sea salt, roasted carob, and chia! These are not soft and doughy however….they are majorly crunchy! Definitely the kind of cookie you want to eat with some milk for dunking!

What foods are you loving lately? Something homemade? Or something you’ve seen at the store?

Anyone training for a race? How’s it going?

Just a quick shout out for all your awesome comments on my “We’re Bloggers. We’re Weird” post! I was hoping it would be received well and not taken to seriously! Glad it came across as it was intended! 

Also there has been a major increase in sharing of the Change Our Fitspo movement, so big thank you on that as well! Even though the contest is over, it is still an important, relevant message that should be shared whenever possible! 

Kaila

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Comments

  1. says

    Congratulations on your first 13.1! So awesome!
    And girl you are SPEEDY. I ran a 10K today and it took me 49 minutes (8 min/mile average) and I definitely couldn’t have gone much faster…especially for another 7 miles!

    And the kale chips look delicious!
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