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Archive for August, 2011

Hi my friends! ¬†It’s been a long time. Almost a year since my last post. But I’m feeling reinvigorated to start blogging again! Somewhere between moving to the west coast, starting a new job, and having a husband traveling non-stop, I stopped cooking fun, inventive meals. It’s just not as much fun to cook for one! I’ve had many nights of going to yoga class and coming home to eat cereal/ salads for dinner since they don’t require any pots and pans ūüôā¬† But I miss cooking those wonderfully delicious and healthy meals.
Now that I’m back, I’m going to approach this whole blogging thing a little differently. As opposed to always coming up with my own unique recipes, I want to write about some of the best recipes, tools and culinary lessons that inspire me in the kitchen. This week’s inspiration: Kale!
Not only is Kale one of the most nutritious vegetables (read more here about the health benefits), but when prepared right, it’s almost addicting. Really! Tip: remove the stems – always!¬† ¬†Hopefully that’s not where all the good vitamins are, but I find them tough and a little bitter.¬†¬† Here are 3 of my favorite Kale recipes.

Orecchiette with Kale

I found this recipe in cooking light and it looked so good, I had to give it a try.¬†¬†When I made this recipe, it was the first¬†time I ever bought kale. ¬†I skipped on the bacon and used cherry tomatoes instead of sun dried.¬† Both ways I’m sure are delicious.

Orecchiette with Kale, Bacon, and Sun-Dried Tomatoes

Kale Chips:

These actually taste like¬†potato¬†chips.¬† And are definitely addicting.¬† If you’re serving them at a party,¬†buy an extra head of kale – they¬†will get eaten.¬†¬† Have fun with the spices and come up with some unique flavors.¬† Just be careful not to cook too long – they can get a burnt taste.

Picture of Smoky Kale Chips Recipe

Kale Salad

The dressing on this reminds me of a caesar¬†salad – expect it’s better for you!¬† I even like to add a little Dijon mustard to give it a thicker consistency.¬†Since I discovered this recipe about 3 weeks ago, I’ve been making it at least twice a week.¬†¬† And it’s from one of my favorite blogs – 101 cookbooks.¬†¬† Love it!

Raw Kale Salad Recipe

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