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Kale Chips

The diet gods have smiled down on me and I have a new favorite snack food! Kale chips, rich delicious crispy baked kale chips. Normally, I’m not a huge fan of greens (collards, mustard, turnip, ect.) and whenever I’d heard kale discussed in the past, the flavor was likened to the very veggies I’d spent my childhood avoiding, so I decided I really wasn’t interested. A few days ago I happened to be at a friends house when some random cooking show was doing a special on healthy snack food. Kale chips were one of the main things on the menu and when I saw the bag of pre-chopped kale in the produce department yesterday I thought, “what the heck.” I am so pleased with the results.

Kale Chips

Ingredients:

  • 1 bunch (about 6oz) of kale
  • 1 tblsp olive oil
  • Salt to taste

Directions:

  • Preheat oven to 300°F. Rinse and dry the kale, then remove the stems and tough center ribs. Cut into large pieces, toss with olive oil in a bowl.

  • Arrange leaves in a single layer on a large baking sheet, then sprinkle with salt.

  • Bake for 20 minutes, or until crisp. Place baking sheet on a rack to cool.

Easy right? Here are some tips and variations that worked well for me:

  • Buy a bag of pre-chopped kale, I have a huge bag in the fridge so that I can just pull a couple handfuls when I need them.
  • I used fresh cracked salt and pepper to give the kale a little more kick
  • A sprinkle of garam masala is a great flavor variation as well.

For the parents out there:  Smitten Kitchen recommends grinding up the baked kale and sprinkling it over popcorn as a way to sneak veggies into your picky eater’s diet.

Original recipe and images from here.


Sugar Cookies and Sad Days

The last couple weeks have been really rough for me, with wedding issues, health issues and work issues I sometimes feel like i’m going to be stuck in this phase of my life forever.  I keep assuring myself that one way or another everything will get better; and at the very least the wedding is only three months so there is an end to some of the insanity in sight.

One of my favorite de-stressing techniques is to bake, but since I am, by order of my “lady doctor” on a extremely strict weight loss plan I am trying to find other constructive outlets for my frustration. Not being able to eat the fruits or pastries (as the case my be) of my labor is a bit of a downer.  That being said, if I was allowed to bake, it would definitely be a sugar cookie kind of day. So here is an quick and easy cookie recipe that will hopefully brighten your day.

Easy Sugar Cookies

 

Ingredients

2 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon baking powder1 cup butter, softened
1 1/2 cups white sugar
1 egg
1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Directions

Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.

In a small bowl, mix together flour, baking soda, and baking powder then set aside.

In a large bowl, cream together the butter and sugar until smooth. Beat in egg and vanilla. Gradually blend in the dry ingredients. Roll rounded teaspoonfuls of dough into balls, and place onto ungreased cookie sheets.

Bake 8 to 10 minutes in the preheated oven, or until golden. Let stand on cookie sheet two minutes before removing to cool on wire racks.

*If you’re having a really bad day I would recommend adding some sprinkles before you bake the cookies, sprinkles seem to make everything a little happier.

Recipe from here.