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Try our delicious alternative to tortilla chips

· food,recipe,vegetables,kale

Kale is a very handy ingredient for seasonal eaters. It is one of the few green vegetables that is more abundant and flavourful during the coldest months of the year. Our last Yoga Munch event featured my favourite alternative to tortilla chips... kale chips.

Kale is highly nutritious, low in calories and high in fibre. This veggie powerhouse is brimming with vitamins a (great for eyes), c (immunity), k (important for blood clotting) & iron (important for transporting oxygen in the blood). Not only is it packed full of antioxidants, per calorie it contains more iron than beef!

Homemade kale chips are an easy, fun way to add this leafy green into your diet. Although kale chips are becoming more popular the UK, they are often processed, expensive and highly salted.

Why waste your money when they're so simple & easy to make? Below is the recipe I used at the last event. Be sure to use organic kale as they are a 'dirty dozen' veggie, meaning they retain a lot of the pesticides used in farming.

'Cheesy' kale chips

Serves around 6 large handfuls

Prep/cooking time around 20 minutes


200g bag organic kale

Nutritional yeast (I tend to use Engevita Yeast Flakes. A couple of tablespoons)

Garlic powder

Salt/pepper to taste

Olive oil


Pre-heat oven to 150 degrees celsius (around 300 degrees Fahrenheit)

Prep the kale. Where the stems are very thick, tear off the leaves

Spread kale across a baking tray so that the leaves do not overlap

Drizzle a little olive oil across the leaves

Using your hands, massage the leaves with the olive oil so that they all have a light coating. Avoid using too much oil as they won't crisp up!

Sprinkle nutritional yeast and garlic powder over the leaves. Be careful of using too much garlic. I also find a couple of tablespoons of nutritional yeast is enough. Nutritional yeast is a brilliant source of B12, something that vegans and veggies out there may struggle to get enough off. It also adds a cheesy flavour without the calories or the dairy!

Pop in the oven for around 10-12 minutes. Check and shake the tray to disperse. Add further seasoning if you wish. Pop back in the oven for another 3-5 minutes, keeping an eye on the texture. You want to take the chips out when they feel crispy but aren't turning too dark.

Once ready, leave on the side to cool & enjoy!

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