You buy more than you can cook, you plant more than you can harvest, you cook more than you can eat and you eat more than you should...period. But it could be worse - eating too much kale has never hurt anyone.
Last year I planted some kale (and they did great) but I didn't find plants this year and put so many other plants in the garden that, by the time I realized I should seed some kale, I ran out of space as well as time! But, my trip to the farmers market last week made me realize that not all is lost...Ontario kale is readily available all summer long. I bought two huge bunches but got carried away hulling all of the strawberries I bought that I forgot all about the kale. Thank goodness it survived in my crisper. But, I now had to figure out what to do with it. Last year, I had so much that I ended up washing and chopping a lot of it and using it through the winter (in soups, frittatas, and pasta). But I also discovered a new snack...kale chips.
I was at a local health food store a few years back and saw Kale Chips for sale...a small bag for almost $10. I bought them because I assumed they were labour intensive. I have to be honest, the first few bites didn't make me a fan, but as I kept eating (realizing that they were satisfying my "crisp" craving all while feeling healthy and not sabotaging any calorie curbing efforts), I was really happy to have found this new snack.
I immediately bought a bunch of kale and made a batch of chips. I make them regularly and leave them on the counter for everyone to munch on...but only my husband and I eat them. The kids "try" to like them, but it is more effort for them!
Give it a try. One bunch can cost about $1.50 and will make about two trays (my 2 bunches made 4 trays). Once baked, they last forever but don't wrap them as they will lose their crispiness. That's when you realize how much $$ the stores are making on these chips! So, go ahead and make a tray and let me know what you think!
Your new "feel good" snack......your welcome!