Dandelion Chip Recipe: Eat Your Weeds and Improve Your Health

[Editor's Note: Dandelion is the scourge of many a homeowner. Monsanto to the rescue. Millions of dads dutifully grab their Roundup and kill these pesky weeds - unwittingly reeking havoc on their family's health. John Robb of Resilient Communities says that we spend $30 billion a year maintaining a trillion square feet of yard space in the US alone. Staggering!

What's a better solution? Eat your weeds. Caroline Cooper posted this excellent article recently at Eatkamloops. Thought you might want to try this recipe.]

Delicious Dandelion Control

Posted on May 16, 2013 by 

“The common dandelion, enemy of well-kept lawns, is an exceptionally nutritious food. Its leaves and root contain substantial levels of vitamins A, C, D, and B complex as well as iron, magnesium, zinc, potassium, manganese, copper, choline, calcium, boron, and silicon.”
Dandelion Leaf by Mountain Rose Herbs

dandelion chips Delicious Dandelion Control

Dandelion Green Chips are a wonderful spring snack. If this snack caught on it would improve everyone’s health while reducing lawn herbicide!

Are you looking for a non-toxic dandelion control? Eat your weeds and improve your health at the same time!

This winter I discovered Kale Chips. Kale Chips have become my favorite snack food. I couldn’t seem to get enough. As the winter progressed my husband started complaining about the cost of organic kale.

My husband has since planted kale in the garden and will try to overwinter the plants to satisfy my winter comfort food. While in the garden, I was looking at the tiny kale plants and wondering when I could have my first snack. A bright yellow flower caught my eye and said: “Why not Dandelion Green Chips?” It’s times like this that I realize I am walking through my days only half awake.

6-8c garden dandelion greens, remove stem end
1-3T organic extra virgin olive oil
1/2tsp sea salt, ground
pinch of bird’s eye chili or other hot chili, ground

I got a large bowl and started pulling out leaves. I filled the bowl and returned to the kitchen. I removed the stem ends. I tossed the dandelion greens with some extra-virgin olive oil, sea salt and a very small amount of bird’s eye chili. I thought the chili might counter-act the bitterness of the dandelion greens. I cooked the dandelion greens at 300°F for about 10-15 minutes.

About 50% of the people in the household loved the Dandelion Green Chips and the other 50% found the chips too bitter. Of course, I have been eating kale all winter so the dandelion didn’t taste bitter to me. Give the recipe a try and tell me what you think.

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Categories: Frugal Preps, Natural Health, Real Food, Wildcrafting | Tags: , , | 5 Comments

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5 thoughts on “Dandelion Chip Recipe: Eat Your Weeds and Improve Your Health

  1. I like dandelion greens. Sea Salt helps to offset any bitter flavor.

  2. Just bought a small-ish pick axe so that I can get dandelions out of the ground! I’m very excited to try this as I do like kale chips!

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