Crispy Kale Chips

Thursday night it was my turn to do program at sorority…Wait! Don’t go! Please give me a chance to explain…

I know the word sorority comes with a luxury-liner sized chest of baggage, namely snotty rich kids networking their way into trophy wife-dom. But I assure you that the sorority I am in is nothing like that.

Beta Sigma Phi is alive and vibrant in my home town and it’s purpose is to create a place where women can meet, exchange ideas, learn something new and do good volunteer works in the community. You needn’t have attended a university (or trade school for that matter) to belong and the only pre-requisites are:

That you could do with a night away from the kids (here here!) and that you believe that healthy communities happen because volunteers make that that way.

Our big event happens in November. That’s when we put on a shopping night at the hall. Home-based businesses rent tables and everyone from miles around comes out to start their Christmas shopping. We make a good chunk of change from the event and in turn re-direct that money into community projects. It is a lot of work and a lot of fun. And then after November we just hang out. Meetings are mostly about food (“oh- so that’s why you joined”, you must be saying) and boy-o-boy is it every good. Someone always brings something special to the meetings and with great food, good friends and occasionally wine we all have fun.

We also have programs. That’s when one member ‘teaches’ the rest of the sisters something. It can be anything. We’ve gone to movies, played board games, talked about books, made crafts and last Thursday we made Crispy Kale Chips.

Kale chips have got to be one of the trendiest health foods going these days. Basically it’s healthier snack food. You wash and dry your Kale, tear it into mid-sized pieces, drizzle it with oil and seasoning and then bake for 10 minutes in the over. The Kale comes out crispy and has an interesting flavor. It can satisfy the salt and grease cravings that sometimes make us do crazy things like eat a whole bag of potato chips and Kale is packed full of nutrients- a real superfood.

Originally we followed a recipe I found on the net but after the original experiment I offer to you an amended recipe. It’s got a little more flavor and a little less salt. Yum. Not bad for a little leafy green that smells like cabbage. Preheat oven to 350F

Wash and tear your Kale and discard the stems. Soak it in room temp water to crisp and then spin really dry. You should have a big salad spinner full.

Mix together

2 Tbsp olive oil

1/4 tsp celery salt

1/4 tsp onion powder

1/4 tsp garlic salt

1 Tbsp Worcestershire sauce

1/4- 1/2 tsp hot sauce

Drizzle this mixture over your greens. Toss well and then bake 10-15 minutes. Until the edges just start to brown.

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