Wednesday, April 15, 2020

Collard Green Chips

In my quest to make sure I eat enough vegetables during this Shelter at Home time period, I have found myself ordering a lot of greens from the grocery store, as I love them. However, I've ordered so much that I have had to think about ways to cook them so that they can be eaten a bit later. So, last night I took a big bunch of Collard Greens and made Chips!  Now a lot of you have probably made Kale Chips and these are very similar. But, Collard Greens have a slightly thicker texture, which makes them less likely to crumble.

They are quite easy to make and can be seasoned in so many ways. I kept it simple, using only Garlic Powder, Onion Powder and Salt, but other spices like Cumin, Chili Powder, Curry Powder, Cayenne Pepper and even Nutritional Yeast would all be good, but not together though. The only other things you need to make them is a bit of Olive Oil and a 275 degree oven. They cook in about 30 minutes and they keep well in a covered container. I think these Collar Green Chips are delicious and they didn't keep very long because I ate them up very quickly!

Collar Green Chips

1 bunch of Collard Greens, washed and shake dry
2 Tablespoons Olive Oil
1/4 teaspoon Salt, divided
Seasonings of your choice: Garlic Powder, Onion Powder, ground Cumin, Chili Powder, Curry Powder, Cayenne Pepper and/or Nutritional Yeast.

Cover 2 baking pans with parchment paper.

Pull the Collard Greens off the stem and tear into large pieces. Put onto the baking pans. Drizzle each batch with 1 Tablespoon of Olive Oil and 1/8 teaspoon of the Salt. Season with any other seasoning of your choice.

Place both trays in the oven and cook for 15 minutes. Remove from the oven and turn over each piece. Return to the oven (on different shelves) and cook for an additional 15 minutes or until the Chips are crisp but not burnt. Cool and eat or place in a covered container for later.

Five Element Analysis

Well since the main ingredient is a dark green leafy vegetable, you know that this snack is primarily a Wood food and the Olive Oil adds even more of the Wood Element. The spices bring in the Metal Element. So these Chips can help balance other meals of the day. 

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