While spring cleaning my spice cabinet, I noticed that my fiancé’s favorite jar of all-purpose cajun seasoning, which he can only get in his home state of Louisiana, was almost empty–gasp. Fortunately, cajun spice blends aren’t too difficult to whip up yourself. While we’re on the subject of easy DIY, let’s talk kale chips. After seeing kale chips at the grocery store for $7.50/box (!), I knew I could make them at home for a fraction of the cost. And since I don’t eat shrimp etouffee, why not get my cajun fix from homemade kale chips? These cajun kale chips take about five minutes to throw together and only fifteen to bake. They’re perfect for those times when you’re craving something savory but not too heavy.
Cajun Kale Chips
1 bunch washed and dried kale leaves
1 tbs. coconut oil
For cajun spice blend add a dash of each of the following: garlic powder onion powder dried thyme dried oregano paprika (smoked paprika works well, too)
Directions: 1. Preheat oven to 350F. Wash kale and pat dry with a paper towel. Too much moisture on the leaves will cause them to steam in the oven rather than crisp to perfection. 2. Tear or cut leaves away from thick stems and discard stems (or save them for a green smoothie). Massage leaves with coconut oil and spread evenly on a thin cookie sheet. 3. Sprinkle cajun spice mixture over leaves. Bake for 10-15 minutes, or until crispy. Allow leaves to cool before serving.
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Photos: Mary Hood