VeganMoFo: Crispy Oven Roasted Kale

I picked up some beautiful looking kale at  the farmer’s market the other day. .

I still remember the first time I had kale. It was around this time about 6 years ago. It came in my weekly CSA and I had no clue what to do with it. There was a ton of kale in that box. I could have probably made 3 meals worth of kale.

I have come a long way since that day, but my favorite way to prepare kale is still the way I made it that first time – a simple oven roasted kale. You come out with some lovely crispy kale. It’s a perfect side dish to any meal and so easy to make!

Oven Roasted Kale

Oven Roasted Kale

1 bunch of kale – around 5 “stalks”
1 tbsp. olive oil
1 tsp. sea salt
1 tsp. freshly ground pepper
3 tsp. chopped garlic


Preheat oven to 375.

Wash the kale and trim the tough stems off. Cut in whatever size you like.

Spread the kale on a baking sheet.

Sprinkle with the olive oil, garlic and spices.

Bake for around 15 minutes. Check on it at around 10. The edges of the leaves will get crispy and will darken.


Oven Roasted Kale

Roasted Chickpeas

Behold – the humble can of chickpeas. Only 89 cents. So cheap, and what lies beneath is so so rich.

Have munchies on a Saturday night? This can of chickpeas can achieve greatness. So much greatness, you will wish you had three cans of chickpeas to go around.

Back in college, during a visit to my aunt in Maryland, I was introduced to these crunchy, roasted chickpeas. As a snack – it was so good. I assumed that it was a Moroccan treat and I was in on some awesome snack food secret.

To my dismay – everyone’s doing it. Everyone’s eating these crunchy treats. Probably because it’s so cheap and easy to make.

Roasted Chickpeas

1 can of chickpeas
1 tbsp. olive oil
cumin, curry, or other spices (you can play with the flavors on this one)

Preheat the oven to 400.

Drain and rinse the chickpeas.

Place the chickpeas on a sheet pan and roll paper towels over the chickpeas to remove the skins.

Toss chickpeas with olive oil and spices.

Bake for around 30-40 minutes  – until browned. 

Sprinkle with salt when done. Serve.


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