baked kale chips and a thank you.

i am totally late on the baked kale chip bandwagon but i am officially a consistent rider. a while back i had quite the food aversion to kale.  during our first two pregnancies was the only time i bought and ate kale.  when those pregnancies failed, anytime i thought about or saw kale i associate it with the pain and loss.  so i avoided it like the plague.  seems like a natural and completely appropriate response if you ask me.

well, then i decided to eat healthy for me.  not for future baby making.  not for anyone or anything else but me.  and kale is super good for you.  like amazingly good for you.  it is kinda ridiculous.  if i were another growing leafy vegetable in the garden playground, i would be super jealous of kale.  well, that and swiss chard.  swiss chard is beautiful and i would want to be pretty and pink.  but kale is so bad ass.  tough decisions on which leafy green is at the top in my garden playground.  if you could be a vegetable what would you want to be?

what was i blogging about?  oh right. baked kale chips.  turns out they are super easy to make.  my pattern lately has been to throw a pan in the oven while i am starting to work on dinner.  that way the husband and i have something to snack on that is healthy while we are waiting for dinner to cook.  double bonus: we fill up on our “snack” and easily eat smaller portions for dinner.

there are a kabillion ways to make them.  different spices to add.  so do a little google and experiment with what works best for your taste buds.  the basic recipe that i make almost daily is this.

1 bunch of kale (i keep grabbing leaves until my baking pan is full)
1 tsp of olive oil spray
a dash of sea salt and fresh ground pepper
it is good as is with that.  but i like to add 1/2 cup of parmesan cheese if i have it on hand.

1- preheat oven to 350 degrees.
2- with a knife or kitchen shears carefully remove the leaves from the thick stems and tear into bite size pieces. wash and thoroughly dry kale with a salad spinner. (hmmm, i seriously love mine!) drizzle kale with olive oil or spray. i use an olive oil spray to save calories. sprinkle with salt and pepper.
3- bake until the edges brown but are not burnt, 10 to 15 minutes.
4- remove and sprinkle cheese. completely optional.

eat immediately.  when they are warm and crisp they are perfect.  when they are cold, not so much.

now that our bellies are full from good eats i wanted to say a sincere thank you for your kind comments and emails and facebook messages.  it is easy to focus on the negative but yesterday you all made me feel the love and i so appreciated it.  one of my favorite messages a dear friend sent to me was this.

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i needed to hear that.  i needed to feel the love.  and i did.  today is a new day.  i am choosing to be optimistic about the future and make today the best it can be.  propelled by your love i am sure to give my haters something to truly hate.

me, happy.