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Kale Chips

28 Mar

Kale ChipsWhen I was in elementary school, I used to collect pens. Before you laugh and think I was all nerdy, I used to collect the cool ones. Gel, feather-tipped, pastels, fluorescent…you get the idea. I was pretty cool. I don’t know what it is about pens, but even though I don’t collect them anymore (I promise), I still have a strong affinity for them. Once you’ve loved pens, you’ll always appreciate them I guess.

I think that’s true for food as well. And ohmygosh, you guys. After making these kale chips, I’m converted: roasting veggies really does make them delicious! Remember my faaaavorite Roasted Broccoli I posted a while ago? Well these kale chips, my friend, are of that level. And I’d dare to say that it’s even easier and possibly better because I categorize this as a snack food.

And I love my snacks.

Don’t be dissuaded by the way this looks in a bowl. It may just look like a bowl of salad. Very deceiving. These chips are a finger food, no matter how confused you are when you see them in a bowl. They’re light and crispy and roasted to perfection.

Kale Chips

Spread the kale in a single layer on each cookie sheet.

Kale Chips

Bake to crispy, light perfection.

Kale Chips

 

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Roasted Cauliflower with Alfredo and Peas

6 Mar

Roasted Cauliflower with Alfredo and Peas

Did I ever tell you that I hate vegetables? Hopefully I haven’t, because I don’t hate them. But I used to. Oh, how I used to.

As a stubborn, indignant child, I would refuse to eat vegetables at all costs. This would start out as simply as me eating around my vegetables on my dinner plate. Then I would move the vegetables around my plate with my fork. (Because in child’s logic, when you spread them out, they look fewer and farther between, right?) I would sit at the table until everyone else was done and my vegetables were cold. Now cold, they probably did taste almost as gross as I imagined they did.

My utter loathing of vegetables mostly came from stubbornness. But. BUT. I also think there are loads more interesting ways to prepare vegetables than heating up a watery can of green beans (still ick).

Cauliflower is an easy vegetable for me. It’s not a crazy color or a crazy taste. It’s just cauliflower. I was quite pleased when I stumbled upon this recipe because Alfredo is a great addition to most vegetables, and it’s even better that this Alfredo is a healthier version than most out there.

Also, can we talk about roasting veggies for a minute? It makes them soooo good! I don’t know the science behind the roasting magic, but it really does do wonders for vegetables.

Roasted Cauliflower with Alfredo and Peas

Chop a head of cauliflower, and sprinkle with olive oil. Prepare to roast.

Roasted Cauliflower with Alfredo and Peas

Combine ingredients for Alfredo sauce in a small saucepan. Whisk until it thickens.

Roasted Cauliflower with Alfredo and Peas

Heat up those silly frozen peas.

Roasted Cauliflower with Alfredo and Peas

Combine it all in a nice, big bowl. Reserve some of the Alfredo sauce for topping individual portions.

Roasted Cauliflower with Alfredo and Peas

Pat yourself on the back. I feel healthier just looking at this.

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Roasted Broccoli

8 Aug

I love watching the Olympics. Watching the Olympics has myriad benefits. For one thing, watching muscly, toned, healthy people compete starts to motivate me to workout and get fit. (“Starts” is the key word here.) Then as I watch eight of the best swimmers in the world compete for a gold medal by swimming as fast as they can, my heart beats faster in anticipation and a sort of nervous empathy. (Then, I think that since I’ve elevated my heart rate, that counts as a workout, and I can comfortably continue to sit and watch the Olympics for three more hours.)

I also feel really patriotic watching the Olympics. I can’t help but yell, “Go USA!” and I dig the red, white, and blue uniforms.

I don’t know if this roasted broccoli will make you feel patriotic, but it sure does taste magnificent. After roasting broccoli for the first time, I decided that this is truly the best and only way to cook broccoli. If any of you angrily disagree, try this recipe, and then get back to me. I’d love to find another way to cook broccoli that is as delicious and simple as this.

Line a cookie sheet with aluminum foil. Chop your head of broccoli into small florets and scatter over the cookie sheet.

Toss with a generous amount of olive oil and stir to coat.

Chop about 4 cloves of garlic, and sprinkle the pieces over the broccoli. Season with salt and freshly ground pepper.

Roast in the oven at 425 degrees F for 15-20 minutes. You’ll know the broccoli is done because some of the tiny pieces will be completely brown and the larger pieces will be brown only on the tips.

Garnish with the grated lemon peel and the juice of one lemon. Serve immediately or keep warm an oven of 275 degrees F until ready to serve. Best when eaten on day 1. (more…)