Spicy Cheesy Kale Chips Even A Monkie Can Love

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What do you think, time for a follow up to my Double Down Spicy Cashew Cheese post. I know, I am a one recipe skipping record kind of guy. This time, its Juli Novotny’s (kookie karma) famous spicy cheese kale chips. I made them the sameday I made the first patch of cheese, but I never got around to posting the photos or the how to instructions for the kale chips, so today is your lucky day or maybe not.

If you have never had a Kale Chip and think the whole idea of turning a green leafy lettuce into a chip is a bit odd, I am right there with you. The first time I heard about Kale Chips, I thought… what come on. A dried up leaf? But when I got my first bag of Juli’s chips, I was sold. WOW… I mean.. they were just great, but maybe they shouldn’t be called Chips. They are nothing like a corn or potato chip. They are more like a dried leaf or if you don’t fully dry them, they have a texture of a light jerky. Anyways… they are great in their own way. I would eat them any day over potato chips. Especially the cheesy version.

They are more like a dried leaf or if you don’t fully dry them, they have a texture of a light jerky

Now lets get into the how to make them part. The batch I made was enough for 8 people at a party or one hungry Monkie. The hungry monkie being me. I didn’t share any of them. In fact I ate them all within a day I think. I know… what a piggy monkie. But that is okay, it was my first batch and I earned the right to suck them all down and hey I live alone, so who am I going to share them with anyways? Basil the dog? I don’t think Cheese Kale Chips are something that should be on a dogs menu anyways. Carrots, definitely, heavy cashew cheese… hell no.

For this recipe you will need to make the Double Down Spicy Cashew Cheese before you start on the Kale. Follow the link to the recipe. Then follow the instructions below. Plus you will need a dehydrator or a really hot sunny location outside to sun dry thee chips. I am using a dehydrator by Excalibur. Oh and I have added step by step photos to the instructions after the jump, for all you Flesh Monkies out there who are completely new to this thing called Raw Foods. Lets get started… so exciting, right? Continue Reading / See Additional Photos

Cheesy Spicy Goodness Kale Chips By GreenChef Juli Novotny

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I’ve been busy lately eating kale chips. I’m so in love with dehydrated kale these days. Don’t get me wrong, I LOVE just plain old raw kale marinated in olive oil, lemon juice and sea salt. But, dehydrated kale chips are great for crunch and of course a quick salt fix.

Nutritional Yeast is another one of my favorite things when it comes to making raw cheese-like comfort foods. In the world of raw foods nutritional yeast is added to dishes in order to give them a rich “cheesy” flavor. To do this I usually mix lemon, sea salt and nutritional yeast (water if making a cheese sauce). Normally I will also add a red bell pepper and cashews. Then this mixture goes into a Vitamix or a Cuisinart until smooth.

Nutritional Yeast can also be added to a “cracker” recipe in order to give it a cheesy flavor as well.

Nutritional Yeast is not to be confused with Brewer’s Yeast. Both are great sources of B12 (important for Vegans) but Brewer’s Yeast doesn’t give the cheesy flavor that Nutritional Yeast does.
So be sure not to confuse the two.

Another trick to making raw comfort foods is adding heat like jalapenos and/or ginger and/or garlic. This can give off the illusion that the dish is actually cooked or “hot”. It’s a great option when making soups and pates. Or when it’s cold outside. You can actually work up a sweat from combining all of the above spicy items.

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GreenChef Rod Rotondi | Avocado Kale Salad

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You don’t need to be hard core wheatgrass chugging health nut to enjoy this zesty kale salad with a just a hint of spice. When it comes to dark green salads, I usually just watch other people eat them and look to see if I can find some more exciting and agreeable food to indulge in. When Rod Rotondi came into our studio and made us this kale salad, I was a little hesitant. I slowly sunk my fork into just a small corner leaf, expecting at best for it to be boring and flavorless. Fortunetly I was pleasantly surprised and it was both fresh and delicious, without being overpowering. It hasn’t turned me into a green leaf eater, don’t get me wrong. In fact, I think the last time I had a kale salad was that day. I would certainly eat it again though, it’s just not the first type of dish that comes to mind when I think of what to eat.

Rod Rotondi is an organic raw food chef who own’s Leaf Cuisine, a California based organic raw cafe that has expanded to 3 locations throughout Los Angeles. Just recently their food has made it’s way into Whole Foods and other health food stores in Los Angeles. Their cuisine is obviously a big hit with the health conscious crowd in LA. They feature very simple and fresh fast health food. Their food is not rich and indulgent and generally not bursting with flavorful seasonings or pungent condiments. It is however fresh and light and of course full of plenty of leafs, with just enough flavor to make it pleasantly edible, all while leaving you glowing and satiated and like you did something good for yourself to make up for all the debauchery. The salads are large and colorful and full of live nutrient packed sprouts and the price range is reasonable. Practical, healthy and functional spa type cuisine is how I would describe it.

If you’re like me and need some practical solutions for making nutritious dark bitter greens palatable enough to want to go for seconds, try this recipe! Right now!” – Indulge

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GreenChef Judita | Magical Garlic Onion and Cayenne Kale Chips

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Magical Garlic Onion and Cayenne Kale Chips (raw)

If you haven’t experienced the magic of kale chips you don’t know what you’re missing. Simple to make and better than any bag of crisps from the supermarket, this is an easy way to satisfy your salty cravings with the added benefit of protein and minerals. I got this recipe from my friend and fellow chef Kirsten Gum. Beware, it’s addicting!

Serves 3

For the Kale Chips:

2 TB Olive Oil

2 TB Nama Shoyu or Tamari

Generous Amounts of Garlic Powder

Generous Amounts of Onion Powder

Light Sprinkle of Cayenne Powder

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GreenChef Russell James | Wilted Kale with Chipotle Dressing

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“If this kick ass kale salad doesn’t get you to love your greens, I don’t know what will. Russell James is a raw chef in England with amazing eye candy recipes. He did a chef’s residency at The Plant in Dumbo, NY where he made this dish daily for the staff and they simply couldn’t get enough of the creamy smoke flavor.” – Indulge

Wilted Kale Salad with a Creamy Chipotle Dressing (raw)

Serves 4-6

For the Wilted Kale:

4 Heads Kale (this will seem like a lot but will wilt down when the salt is added)

2 T Sea Salt

2 Cups Baby Tomatoes, sliced

1 Cup Hulled Hemp Seeds

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