Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Bandwagon of Culinary Love: Kale chips

Ingredients: nutritional yeast, kale, olive oil and sea salt.

Did I ever tell you about my love of recipes with 5 ingredients or less?

I get discouraged when I open a recipe book and there are 20 ingredients.
Having to go out and buy 15 things to make a dish is just not ideal.
Not at all good for a budget.

The only thing I had to go out and buy for this recipe was fresh kale as I usually only keep the frozen variety on hand. And the kale cost only $3, so this recipe is definitely not a budget buster. Especially since you can get kale for less than that.

But this was organic co-op kale. It's pretty stuck up and snooty, but it taste good so that more than makes up for pretentious attitude.

And I've definitely found a new snack that im drooling over.

I really like the idea of eating "raw" but not the price tag that goes along with it since my home has long winters that would not allow me to have a garden year round to cut costs. Or the cost of a dehydrator.

Im still hoping someone will gift me a dehydrator. It's my Regular Pioneer anniversary this month (4 years and counting) so there is still hope Ill get one.

Steps to Deliciousness

1) Wash and de-stem your kale

2) Pour 3 T of olive oil over the leaves

3) Sprinkle on 2 T of nutritional yeast. Massage the oil and yeast into the leaves. Spread on a lightly oiled baking sheet

4) Bake at 250 for 20 to 30 minutes with the door ajar

5) Store in and airtight container providing you have any left to store.

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Excused absence... Quinoa and Phipps

We are finally having wonderfully spring-like weather. What better way to celebrate the emergence of spring than a free trip to Phipps Conservatory.

Check out the unique specimen below. The first plant was about 4 feet in width and found in the cacti room. I also saw some blue agave plants (yum) but neglected to take a pic.

Below is a hybrid azalea. Beautiful!

I am back on the exercise wagon. Eating healthy I do with ease, but exercise and I are not best friends.

SO I am trying to eat a more protein rich diet to help me sustain energy and build muscle. Im already seeing a difference after 2 weeks. I love it when a workout promises something and really comes through.

Here is one of the protein packed meals ive been enjoying:

Here's a creepy closeup so you can see the detail!

Wasn't that pleasant?

Here's the skinny for this super simple protein packed microwave meal:

1/4 c dry quinoa
1/4 c tomatoes
1/2 c kale, collard, mustard
1/2 T olive oil
1 t sea salt

1) Put the quinoa in a deep microwave safe bowl. Fill with enough water to cover quinoa and 1/2 inch more.

2) microwave 5 minutes stir then nuke 5 more.

3) put in tomatoes and and greens and microwave 1 1/2 to 2 minutes.

4) stir and drizzle with olive oil and sprinkle with salt

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Blueberry Smoothie

What is it about blueberry's that make me feel so much better?

Im sure there is some technical medical explanation about vitamins etc., but I will spare you today.

I think they are just a sweet, blue treat.

Turn them into a smoothie and the happy endorphins increase ten-fold.

Add peanut butter and even a flooded basement can't make me frown.

Layered Blueberry Smoothie:

1 frozen banana
1 cup frozen blueberries
1 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk
1/2 - 1 T peanut butter or almond butter

1) Blend banana half the blueberries and half the milk then pour into glass.
2) Blend other half of blueberries with other half of milk and pour in same glass.
3) Top with a dollop of pb
4) Try not to sigh too loudly with delight as you devour.