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SPICY CHEESY KALE CHIPS
(Gluten, Egg, Grain, Dairy, Peanut, Yeast FREE)
(Non-Gmo’d Soya Sauce)
(It does contain a nut though – cashews)
(This is VEGAN/VEGETARIAN when you use water/vegetable broth instead of chicken broth)
1 cup of RAW cashews
2 tbsp’s of olive oil
1 cup of liquid ( For vegan/vegetarians you can use vegetable broth/water. I used organic chicken broth)
1/8 cup of braggs soya sauce (Braggs Soya Sauce) ~ (if you prefer not to use soya sauce you can use salt. 1 tsp would probably do)
3 tbsp’s of lemon juice (freshly squeezed)
1-2 tbsps of RAW honey (I use “Dutchman’s Gold RAW Honey” Dutchman’s Gold RAW Honey)
1 large bunch (or 2 smaller bundles) of kale (organic if possible)
1/2 tsp garlic powder
1/2 tsp onion powder
2-3 cloves of fresh garlic (chopped in large chunks)
1/4 tsp cayenne Pepper (you can half this..or add none if you cannot handle spicy)
1 red bell pepper (organic – seeded and chopped)
** Some people use nutritional yeast..I don’t… it’s not necessary **
Pour ALL ingredients into a large bowl – minus the red pepper.
Let sit/soak for 2 hours.
RAW CASHEWS are very WHITE. DO NOT use roasted cashews. When nuts are roasted they become denatured!
While other ingredients are soaking. Rinse your kale and spin dry. Remove the stems and tear into bite size pieces (remove any larger tough stems up the leaf part as well). Let the kale air out as much as possible before coating.
After all ingredients have been soaking for 2 hours. Blend in a blender (add the chopped red pepper as well) until smooth.
It should look like this!
Transfer kale and cheesy seasoning mix to a large bowl. Using your hands/spoon ensure the leaves are well coated. If you see any spots without sauce just dip into remaining cheesy mix in the bowl.
Place the kale on the dehydrator trays.
(You will need a dehydrator that can give about 118-145 degrees. Mine is 145 degrees – 425 watts). Heating the kale at to high of a temperature denatures the antioxidants and nutrients in the kale. If you’re baking your kale until it’s brown or black, those patches are carcinogenic and have been linked to causing disease in the body, namely cancer. Dehydrate for 4 to 5 hours. They turned out SUPER crispy not chewy/soggy …just perfect! 🙂
Although this easy kale chip recipe has NO CHEESE and is NOT FRIED, you will be surprised at how much it “DOES TASTE LIKE CHEESE” and how crispy they become.
This recipe in my opinion taste better than any bag of store bought kale chips I have eaten!!!! Store bought chips can run you from $8-12 bucks!
My hubby is NOT a kale fan..but loves these kale chips. He was shocked at how much it tastes like cheese!
Don’t feel bad about getting addicted to this VERY nutritious delight!!!
You’ll want to put any remaining kale chips into a glass/air tight container.
On the bottom of the dish/container place some uncooked rice. This will keep them crisp & fresh ..it removes any extra moisture. 🙂
The dehydrator I use is the “Nesco American Harvest 5-Tray”
NUTRIENTS in KALE:
- Vitamin A, C, E, B6, folate, calcium, manganese, iron and zinc.
- Consider the calcium in kale. Kale is a very important player when it comes to calcium because the vitamin C content in kale assists in the absorption of that calcium. That makes it a very powerful calcium source. There’s 9% of your daily supply of calcium in that cup of kale.
- And the vitamin C? You get 134% of your daily vitamin C in kale. Wow! Did I say wow!?! And vitamin C is so important for your immune system. Throw that at a cold and see how fast you get to feeling better.
- Next, let’s talk about vitamin A in kale. You get a whopping 206% of your daily needs of vitamin A in kale. Now is that cool, or what?
- Vitamin A helps to detox the lungs.
- And if you take into consideration the zinc in kale, you get a double-whammy. Vitamin A and zinc work together to fight toxins and help your immune system to work better. They help the immune system to make white blood cells. That’s why the vitamin C is so important in the prevention of infections, and viruses.
- Then, you get 1327% of your daily needs of vitamin K, 6 % of iron, and 27% of manganese. Manganese is an important nutrient for the formation of strong bones, a healthy nervous system and helps in the functioning of the thyroid gland. That’s a strong indication that it is an important food for those wishing to lose weight. It helps you to produce energy from protein and carbs also.
- So when you want a super-powerful detox punch, look no further than the emerald green, curly and fun leaves of kale. Kale nutrients are some of the best you’ll find anywhere.
- Vitamin B – 14.6%
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