Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Kale Chips and Sweet Potato Fries

Tonight I was not in the mood for a big dinner, so I decided to make some healthy "snacky" foods. We had a bunch of kale in the fridge that was on it's way out and a sweet potato hiding in the back of the cupboard.  So, I turned the oven on and got to work making kale chips (for the first time) and one of my favorite sides, sweet potato fries! An added bonus: they are two great immune boosting foods!

Crispy Kale Chips

1 bunch kale
1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
salt and freshly ground black pepper (to taste)
A pinch of cayenne pepper

  • Preheat oven to 300'F
  • Cut kale into 2 inch chunks avoiding stems 
  • Toss with 1 tbsp olive oil until well coated 
  • Add salt, pepper, and cayenne pepper; toss well.
  • Spread evenly on baking sheets
  • Bake for 25 minutes and enjoy!

Kale has a flavor similar to broccoli, so don't expect a potato chip flavor! I was very pleased with the crispiness although parts were still a little soft. Next time I will make sure not to overlap the pieces of kale for a more even baking. 

Sweet Potato Fries

1 medium sweet potato
1 tsp extra virgin olive oil (or enough to lightly coat)
1/4 - 1/2 tsp dried basil
1 pinch dried sage
1 pinch garlic powder or minced garlic (optional)
Freshly ground black pepper

  • Preheat oven to 450' F
  • Peel and cut sweet potato into small fries
  • Combine ingredients and toss until well coated.
  • Spread out on baking sheet.
  • Bake 20-25 minutes.

I absolutely LOVE these sweet potato fries! They aren't super crunchy, but they also aren't deep fried! I like experimenting with different spices. Please feel free to do the same. Taking out the sage and adding a pinch of cayenne pepper and chipotle chili powder is also delicious!  These taste amazing with grilled chicken breasts (dried thyme, lemon juice, black pepper) and corn on the cob. Can you tell I'm craving summer?


  1. Your dad loves sweet potato fries! I also remember making sweet potato fries for you both but I just added olive oil and salt - I bet those extra spices add a nice kick to them. The key is cutting them up small enough and evenly and not layering in the pan, so they all get crispy good.
    Haven't tried the kale chips but I remember Sena talking about making them. When we went to the beach here many warungs were selling some sort of green, wok fried sea weed. It looked crunchy. I didn't try any but maybe next time...! (Love your blog!)

  2. When I made kale chips, they actually turned out really well! I used a recipe that had soy sauce in it.