Parmesan Pistachio Kale Chips #SundaySupper

parmesan pistachio kale chips

Welcome to Sunday Supper! Our theme this week is Heart Healthy – in the middle of February, which is Heart Healthy Month. (Very apropos!) We’re doing our part to spread awareness and reminders of the benefits of incorporating heart healthy practices into our lifestyles.

But what exactly does heart healthy even mean? These days, it’s hard to know for sure. The prevailing wisdom dictates eating a low-saturated-fat diet and getting enough exercise, and lowering cholesterol. But the data coming in is indicating that maybe this is not the key to decreasing and preventing the American epidemic of heart disease. Many scientists are now reporting that sugar and refined carbohydrates may be the real culprit, and that saturated fat is just fine in moderation.

Parmesan Pistachio Kale Chips

The results seem to be inconclusive at this point. But it’s interesting to note that Dr. Ancel Keys, the scientist who got this whole low-fat-equals-heart-healthy trend started with his Seven Countries Study is widely believed to have cherry-picked his data. Oops. BIG no-no there. And did you also know that, according to renowned Harvard researcher Steven Pinker, this “prevailing wisdom” from a purportedly flawed study has been used by some animal rights activists to help further their cause of advocating widespread vegetarianism as a way to end factory farming and animal cruelty? While I’m as against factory farming and animal cruelty as anyone, and I absolutely laud the intentions of the animal rights revolution, I say this to demonstrate the ubiquity of this so-called common wisdom, that it’s coming at us from more than one source, and not all those sources are concerned with our heart health. The more a line is repeated, the more it seems obvious and self-evidently true, even if maybe it’s not.

Parmesan Pistachio Kale Chips

I think the jury may be still out, but the old verdict is seriously in question. So that left me pondering what to make for today’s theme. I decided to go for something settled and non-controversial. Even if we someday find out conclusively that saturated fats are just fine, that certainly won’t invalidate the health benefits of fresh vegetables, particularly dark greens. I think everyone can agree that vegetables are an important part of a healthy lifestyle, including for the health of our hearts.

Parmesan Pistachio Kale Chips

So I made you kale chips! Kale chips that are baked, not fried, and that are flavored with pistachios – again, not at all disputed that nuts are good for you – and a touch of parmesan cheese. Parmesan is a lower-fat cheese and is usually a garnish, not a main ingredient, as it is here.

I’m sort of in love with these things! They are super crunchy, flavorful, nutty, and completely guilt-free! This is probably the most perfect afternoon snack I’ve made yet!

parmesan pistachio kale chips

I hope y’all enjoy them, and definitely check out the Heart Healthy recipes my Sunday Supper peeps are sharing today!

{One Year Ago: Soy-Ginger Salmon over Asian Veggie Noodles; Anchovy Pasta Carbonara; Freeform Crawfish Ravioli}
{Two Years Ago: Malted Chocolate Ice CreamPimento Cheese SpreadCuban Black Bean Soup}

Source: slightly adapted from Seriously Delish by Jessica Merchant

1/3 cup roasted salted pistachios
2 tbs grated Parmesan cheese
2 small heads of lacinato, or dinosaur kale, each leaf chopped into thirds, bottom third with the thickest part of the stem discarded or saved for another use
2 tbs olive oil

Preheat your oven to 350 F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or a silpat. Set aside.
Add the pistachios to a food processor and pulse until the nuts are in fine crumbs. It’s fine if there are a few slightly larger pieces. Keep this on the pulse setting as you do NOT want to make nut butter.
Pour the pistachios into a small bowl and use your fingers to thoroughly combine them with the cheese.
Add the kale pieces to a very large bowl. Pour the olive oil over the top and use your hands to toss the kale and massage the oil into the leaves. Once the kale is evenly coated with the oil, lay the pieces on the prepared baking sheet. Sprinkle the pistachio mixture evenly over the top of the kale, pressing it to adhere if necessary. Bake the kale 15 minutes, until crispy but not browned.
Remove from the oven and let cool completely, and then leftovers can be stored in an airtight food storage container.
Note: I’m sure you could also make this recipe with curly kale, but I haven’t tried it.

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41 responses to “Parmesan Pistachio Kale Chips #SundaySupper

  1. I’ve never made kale chips but have wanted to give them a try. Adding this one to my list!

  2. This just might be the recipe to get me to like kale chips.

  3. I love kale chips, but I think I would love them even more with the Parmesan and pistachio!

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  7. OOOh, pistachios and parmesan?! These kale chips look heavenly!

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  15. I think we can all agree your kale chips are both healthy and delicious!!

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  18. Ooh, I’d like to nibble on these!

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  22. I would crunch these all day long. Great flavors for kale chips. Yum!

  23. I LOVE healthy kale chips and the addition of pistachios looks amazing!!!

  24. We love kale chips for snacking and they make an excellent garnish too. And what’s not to love about pistachio? There’s a green food I could eat my weight in!

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  26. I know those would be so tasty, lovely recipe!!

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  28. Yum kale chips are my favorite. I have to stop by Whole Foods and get some dinosaur kale, it’s really quite beautiful! Love your combo of salty and crunchy additions here! Thanks for sharing!

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  31. Always such a pleasure to read your blog, Julie. Thank you for doing the research. I am actually seeing a nutritionist at the moment who is encouraging unsaturated fats. But you’re right: One year Dr. Spock is saying don’t pick up the crying baby and another doctor in another decade says cuddle! So what can we do but trust our own innate wisdom at times…And my inner voice says, “Wish I could grab a handful of those delectable looking Parmesan topped kale chip!”

  32. I love kale chips, but I’ve never thought about adding nuts to them … genius!

  33. I love everything about this! Kale chips are the best, and you made them even better with my favorite nut, pistachios, and parmesan!! I could snack on these all day.

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  35. I never tried kale chips these sound delicious!

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  38. It’s sad that cherry-picking and over-fitting data to one’s desired conclusions is a problem with science today (speaking as someone who is actually in research O.O), and with the internet it’s so easy for people to find one study conclusion they like and spread it around like wildfire. You’re right, though. The one thing that has always lasted the test of time is that fresh vegetables are good for you. 🙂 I love kale chips, and these sound amazing! It’s like you took all my favorite flavors and stuck them on a kale chip.

  39. Yum! Love kale in any form

  40. Perfect recipe for this Sunday Supper week!

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