When it comes to food the kids and I like to try different recipes. There is something about trying something new and falling in love with the flavor. A few nights ago my daughter Kayla made some homemade Kale Chips frome a recipe she found on Pinterest. Nannah and I tried them and they were pretty good. It had a nice crunch and we ended up eating them pretty quickly.
Kayla wants to try them different ways and luckily I came across a recipe from Paulding & Co. that is right up our alley.
Spicy Cheesy Kale Chips
Yield: About 12 oz chips (2 one-gallon zip bags)
▪ 2 ½ cups of raw cashews
▪ 1 large (Holland type) red bell pepper
▪ 2-3 red Fresno peppers
▪ 1-2 tsp lemon juice (to taste)
▪ 2 tsp mineralized sea salt
▪ 2 Tbs. nutritional yeast
▪ 3 bunches curly kale
It is a good idea to use ultra-fresh organic vegetables for this.
Soak the cashews in water for 3-4 hours. Combine with the stemmed and seeded peppers, lemon, salt and yeast in a blender. Puree. Taste the mixture, and if it needs it, add more salt or lemon.
Strip the stems from the kale leaves-you can do this easily by holding the end of the stem in one hand, and firmly running the other hand up the sides of it, dislodging the leaf. The tough part of the stem will come off, leaving the tenderer part intact.
In a large bowl, combine the Kale with the blended mixture, using your hands (evenly) as possible distribute the mixture. Lay the leaves onto a dehydrator racks, crowding them but not stacking them. Dehydrate at 105° F for 12-16 hours, until very crisp. Store in sealed zip bags. If you don’t get them dry enough they will soften in the bag.
If you don’t have a dehydrator they can be laid out on a rack or over a pan in the oven with the temperature set as low as possible. The time to dehydrate will be greatly reduced, probably to about an hour or even less.
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