Have you heard of the mythical Kale? Well, it is just a plant, however, it does have a nice-looking nutritional profile. It is very low in carbs and calories, has very low-fat content, and is one of the veggies that have some proteins in them, few, but better than nothing if you need to increase your protein level. It has an amazing amount of Vitamin K, a substantial amount of Vitamin C (especially if eaten raw), a decent amount of Vitamin A and Manganese, and a sprinkle of a whole list of other antioxidants.
So our little bat wanted to try this veggie that has been in the spotlight for all healthy eaters for so long and tried this roasted kale recipe. In the variation section, we will also add how we increased this to be a full lunch, however, here we wanted to focus just on the kale cos the rest of the recipe is just adding some extra ingredients! So let’s get started!!
- Roasted Pumpkin Seeds
- Sesame Seeds
- Sesame oil
- Soy Sauce
- Smoked Paprika
- Sweet Paprika
- Black Pepper
Here all we need to do is wash the kale well and remove the stems. Chop the leaves down to chunky bite-size and let them drip off the extra water. In the meantime mix your vinegar, soy sauce, black pepper, smoked and sweet paprika (or some paprika that you have and like), one or two drops of sesame oil (or an oil of your liking, however, remember that oils do change in taste and will affect the taste of the recipe), and grated garlic (or garlic powder can also work).
Now mix the ‘dressing’ with the leaves well and place the leaves on a baking tray. If you would like a crispy snack make sure to spread them out, if you want a more mixed texture then use a deeper tray and let them pile up. Bake in the oven until they start to change color, check constantly to stop them at your preferred crisp!
Garnish with sesame seeds and pumpkin seeds and enjoy your snack!!
Now for a nice lunch simply add some avocado, tuna, and/or chickpeas, if you leave the tuna out, you will have a nice vegan salad!! If you have any remaining ‘dressing’ you can use it as a dressing for your salad! Kale here is similar in taste to crispy seaweed so it’s also great to use as a garnish on noodles or rice dishes. Simply slice it thinner or crumble the already baked chunks, perfect especially if seaweed is hard to find in your area! Hope you enjoyed this simple idea! We know we did! It was great as a snack while watching TV instead of a packet of crisps!