I’ve been experimenting with cheeze making recently. I’ve even been making my own rejeuvelac! It’s a lengthy process, but there isn’t really all that much work involved. You just need to be patient and it’s pretty fun to make.
As I’m making my cheeze, my husband tells me he wishes I could make some sort of dip-like substance similar to onion dip for chips. Back in the day, we used to like chips & dip. I haven’t had this in several years and I can’t say I miss it terribly. But it got me thinking of how to make a healthier alternative. I am still thinking of some way to make dip, but in the meantime, I have made some fun kale chips as a replacement snack for him.
Sour Cream & Onion Kale Chips
1 bunch of curly kale, washed, de-stemmed, torn into bite-size pieces and dried in a salad spinner
3/4 cup of cashews soaked for at least 2 hours (I soaked mine overnight)
1/4 of a red onion, diced
the juice of half of a lemon
1 tbsp of olive oil
2-3 tbsp apple cider vinegar (I did 2, but think it could have used 3)
1/2 tsp of sea salt
herbamere for sprinkling
Drain and rinse your cashews. Place them in your food processor and add the lemon juice, olive oil, apple cider vinegar & sea salt. Process until it has mixed into a paste. Add the onion and pulse a few times. Put your kale pieces in a large mixing bowl and add your cashew paste. Massage the paste into the kale chips, making sure to coat them well. This is the fun part =) It gets all goopy in your hands. Put the kale onto parchment style dehydrator sheets and sprinkle on some herbamere. I turned the dehydrator on and “cooked” them for about 8 hours at 105 degrees.
Terry said I should maybe come up with a different name as they don’t quite remind him of sour cream & onion chips (I clearly do not remember what they taste like as it’s been so long), but he said they are quite tasty and a great chip replacement. So they pass the test!
Another reason for making these is they are a great portable snack. We’ll be taking a little mini-vacation in the near future and I love getting snacks ready so I don’t indulge while I’m away from my healthy fridge ;p I think I’ll write a post on fun, portable snacks as I know vacation can be hard for people to stay away from junk foods. I have the hardest time if I am not armed with fun snacks prepped ahead of time!