Crispy Garlicky Kale Chips: #157 of 1000 Sustainable Food Experiments

Homemade kale chips are an easy way to get everyone to eat their greens. We polished off 2 bunches of kale in one sitting the other day. The kale chip method we used is inspired by Angela. These ones are dressed in garlic, olive oil, salt and pepper. Crispy and addictive!

This is part of our 1,000 Food Experiments to create sustainable meals for our family and hopefully yours.

Ingredients ($5 total)

2 bunches kale, destemmed and leaves ripped into large chunks – $4.38
2 tbsp olive oil – $0.20
1 tsp salt – $0.05
1 tsp garlic powder – $0.28


1. Wash and thoroughly dry the kale leaves, then place them on 2 parchment-lined baking sheets in as close to a single layer as possible.

2. Pour / sprinkle the olive oil, salt, and garlic powder over both pans of kale, then mix it all in well with your hands so each leaf gets some coating. Bake each pan separately at 300F for 10 minutes, then stir the kale around and rotate the pan in the oven. Bake for 10 more minutes until the leaves are nice and crisp but not burned.

3. Serve hot and fresh from the oven. They won’t stick around very long!

Sustainability Score (explained here)

  • Time to make: 3 = <1 hour
  • Servings: 2 = 4-6 servings
  • Cost per serving: 3 = <$5
  • Deliciousness:  3 = when are we having this again?
  • Environmental impact: 3 = minimal damage
  • Nutritional value: 3 = optimal nutrition
  • TOTAL: 17/18

If you tried it, please let me know how it came out for you. Wishing you and your family a healthy, happy day!

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