Easy “Cheesy” Kale Chips Recipe
These “Cheesy” Kale Chips are a great, healthy way to satisfy your cravings for something salty and cheesy.
Nutritional yeast gives them a nutrient-rich cheesy flavor without any added dairy.
I find it a little funny that I’m writing a post about Kale Chips.
Kale chips aren’t a new thing by any means.
I’ve successfully ignored and resisted them for a couple of years.
If I saw a post talking about how amazing they were or how Kale Chips are a great, healthy alternative when you’re craving chips I couldn’t help but roll my eyes.
I thought, you’ve gotta be kidding me.
They’re a vegetable!
How could I possibly enjoy kale as a substitute for actual chips of the unhealthy, but totally tasty, variety?!
There’s no way that a Kale Chip could satiate my monthly cravings for salty, nacho cheese chips.
Well, I’m hear to tell you that I couldn’t have been more wrong.
My friend made some kale chips recently and I relented.
Begrudgingly, I told her I would try them, all the while having very little confidence that they would do anything to satisfy my monthly cravings for something salty and crunchy.
It turns out I wanted to lick the baking sheet clean.
And I told her I would have, it I had been home alone with no one to witness that.
Not only would I eat these “Cheesy” Kale Chips if someone else made them, but I would make them on purpose for myself.
What really made these Kale Chips was the nutritional yeast she had sprinkled on them – it gave them a great cheesy flavor without actually having any cheese in the recipe.
A few months ago I hadn’t even heard of nutritional yeast.
Now that I’ve tasted it, and read about the nutrients that it contains, I want to put it on everything.
Health Benefits of Nutritional Yeast
Nutritional Yeast adds a savory, nutty, cheesy flavor to foods, but it is more than just a flavor enhancement. It actually contains a lot of nutrients!
Nutritional yeast contains Riboflavin (B12), Niacin (B3), Thiamin (B1), B12, Folic Acid (B9), and B6.
Depending on the brand you purchase, one serving (about a tablespoon) offers 30% or more of your daily value of each of these vitamins. (source)
Although nutritional yeast has a natural savory, and somewhat salty, cheesy flavor to it, it actually contains no sodium.
That’s great if you’re watching your sodium intake but still looking for something to satisfy your salty cravings.
While some ladies out there have monthly cravings for chocolate, mine tend to be cravings of the salty/savory variety.
Satisfying that in a healthy way with lots of greens and no actual sodium (minus the little bit of salt added to the kale chips for seasoning) will put a damper on annoying bloating.
Non-Animal Protein Source
A tablespoon of nutritional yeast only has a few grams of protein.
But, nutritional yeast is a complete protein – meaning that it contains all of the essential amino acids, include the ones your body can’t produce on its own.
Also, its always great to pair snacking with a little bit of protein to give the body fuel for an energy boost.
Nutritional yeast also contains minerals like iron, selenium and zinc.
How to Use Nutritional Yeast
Use nutritional yeast like you would any cheese topping.
It is great stirred into soups, stews and chilis – and great for adding an extra boost of cheesy flavor without adding any dairy.
That’s perfect if you’re allergic to dairy, lactose intolerant, or maybe just taking a break from consuming excessive amounts of cheese.
I also plan to try adding some nutritional yeast into recipes like Baked Potato Soup, Creamy Butternut Squash Soup, Roasted Garlic and Cauliflower Soup, or Broccoli Cheese Loaded Twice Baked Potatoes.
More Healthy, Savory Snack Recipes
I love popcorn for a snack and this Lemony Kale Popcorn sounds interesting to try.
Chips and guacamole are one of my favorite snack combos. Deconstructed Guacamole is a chunky version of a traditional guacamole, full of tomatoes, avocado, corn, cilantro, lime, and peppers.
I love salt and vinegar potato chips. These Sea Salt Vinegar Kale Chips look like a tasty, healthier version to try.
I loved the crunch of these Spicy Chili Lime Roasted Chickpeas, the spicy flavor, and of course the fact that they were a healthy snack.
Sweet and Spicy Rosemary Bar Nuts are delicious when you’re craving something nutty that’s a little sweet and a little savory.
What do you like to snack on?
- 6 ounces, Kale (stems removed)
- 1 tablespoon Olive Oil
- 1/3 cup Nutritional Yeast
- Salt, to taste
- Pepper, to taste
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
- Wash and drain the kale.
- Spin the kale leaves in a salad spinner to remove excess water.
- Transfer the kale to a large baking sheet and pat dry with a paper towel to remove any remaining moisture.
- In a mixing bowl, add the kale and olive oil. Toss to coat.
- Place the olive oil coated kale on a large, dry baking sheet.
- Sprinkle with the nutritional yeast, salt and pepper and mix with your hands or a wooden spoon to evenly distribute, spreading evenly and making sure not to overcrowd or overlap the pieces.
- Bake on the center rack of the oven at 325 degrees F for 15 - 20 minutes, rotating halfway through.
Any more than about 6 ounces of kale and you should use 2 baking sheets and rotate them on the oven racks halfway through baking. Overcrowded pans will result in kale that does not become crispy.
OXO Good Grips Salad Spinner
Extra Virgin Olive Oil
Pink Himalayan Salt
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Nutrition Information:Yield: 4 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 80 Total Fat: 4g Saturated Fat: 1g Trans Fat: 0g Unsaturated Fat: 3g Cholesterol: 0mg Carbohydrates: 7g Fiber: 4g Sugar: 1g Protein: 6g
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