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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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Weekday Snacks

Sundays for me are my days to mentally prepare for the week ahead.¬† I like to jog in the mornings, go to the grocery store, and relax/ cook in the afternoon.¬† I find a little prep work on Sundays goes a long way during the week.¬† It’s simple stuff like washing my vegetables, making salad dressings, and making some weekday snacks so I can grab and go in the mornings.¬† It just helps take a little stress off during the week.¬† Now, some Sundays this doesn’t always happen, but when it does, I always feel happier.

Today, I thought I’d share with you some of my favorite, healthy snacks I like to munch on throughout the week.¬† They really don’t take a whole lot of effort – they’re almost too easy to even post, but maybe it will give you some ideas about how to choose better snacks than potato chips (although those are good too!).

The key here is buying some of those really little Tupperware containers at the grocery store – I love them!¬† Perfect for hummus, peanut butter, dressing…

Homemade trail mix.¬† Pick your favorite nuts, seeds, dried fruits, a little dark chocolate, and maybe some healthy cereal.¬† Nuts can be expensive, but it’s actually cheaper to make your own trail mix than buying it pre-made – and it lasts a long time.¬† The best part is you can create your own – there are a million different combinations.¬† Last week I discovered dried blueberries – they’re addicting!

Again, this is simple.¬† Just blanch some sugar snap peas until they’re bright green – maybe 2 minutes depending on how crisp you like them.¬† They will stay for the week, and they’re the perfect, slightly sweet snack.

And one of my favorites – roasted chick peas!¬† I recommend pinching off their outer skin first, toss them in olive oil, salt pepper, cayenne, cumin, paprika (really any spices/ combination’s you like), then roast in a 450 degree oven for a good 35-40 minutes.¬† It sounds like a lot, but it’s not.¬† You should toss every 10 minutes or so.¬† These are really wonderful – and of course, healthy!

In my cous-cous recipe I gave away one of my other favorite snacks Рhomemade pita chips.  Check it out!

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