Breakfast – small blood orange, coconut cream pie LARABAR
Lunch – Salad with leftover chicken, hard boiled egg, bacon and a dash of red wine vinegar
Dinner – Kale chips, chili-lime cashews, gala apple
Dessert (WHAT?!) – Banana ice cream
I did not feel deprived at all today. I had my favorite kale chips, some yummy cashews and a nice salad. AND FREAKING BANANA ICE CREAM. It was so good. I would have posted pictures of it but it was basically gone as soon as it hit the bowl. Whoops.
I’ve been making kale chips for about a month now as a nice salty alternative to potato chips. My best friend thinks they are odd because she used to feed her guinea pigs kale. It’s understandable. I’m not sure I would have been as willing to try them if it was something I used to feed my pet. But the heart wants what the heart wants, and my heart wants kale chips by the ton, please. I’ve tweaked a couple recipes and after much trial and error I’ve come up with this:
Crispy Crispy Kale Chippies:
– Kale (I usually only make enough for one serving at a time, so I use 1-2 leaves depending on how hungry I am.)
– Sea salt
1. Preheat oven to 275 degrees F.
2. Remove the rib or tear off the leafy part. Tear leaves into 1.5 to 2 inch pieces.
3. Pour the EVOO in a bowl and use your fingers to rub olive oil all over (Wee! That’s fun to say!) the leaves and lay them on a baking sheet lined with aluminum foil.
4. Bake for 15 minutes.
5. Remove baking sheet and flip kale chips. Add salt at this time.
6. Bake for 5 more minutes.
7. ENJOY! (Unless you used to have guinea pigs.)
In addition to kale chips, I made my own chili lime cashews. I was getting bored with regular cashews and went to Whole Foods to see if they had any better options. They didn’t. Thus, this recipe was found and made.
– 1.5 cups whole cashews
– 1/2 teaspoon olive oil
– Juice of one lime
– 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper (Again, we are wimps. Add more if you can handle.)
– 1 teaspoon paprika
– Salt as needed (my cashews were already salted so I didn’t add any).
1. Preheat oven to 250F
2. Whisk together all ingredients (except cashews!)
3. Toss in the cashews and either use your hand or just swish (that’s a cooking word, right?) them around in the bowl until they are all deliciously coated.
4. Lay them out on a baking sheet and bake for 30 minutes.
Hope you guys enjoy these recipes! Let me know if you have a favorite way to doctor up plain nuts… I’ll be needing ideas!