HAL #43 – Crispy kale chips

Kale is one of my favorite veggies. It is leaf based – I’ve always liked leaves better than flowers – it is green (and dark green at that) which is a color I love and it is full of good stuff for you: beta-carotene, vitamins K & C, calcium and other elements that actually repair your DNA aiding to prevent cancer. It also lowers cholesterol! The only downfall is its strong taste when raw, which is not to everybody’s liking. Usually I use kale as part of a juice that I regularly make for dinner but there is a great easy way to make chips out of it that I learned from the amazing Mindfoodness:

First off – grab some nice looking kale!
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Second – chop the leafy parts with your hands or a knife to separate them from the stem. Whether you want bigger or smaller chips is up to you, I tend to cut them medium sized.
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Remember – don’t throw away the stems! Even without leaves they still have nutrients so you can still add these to a veggie/fruit juice.
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Third – mix the kale leaves with no more than 2 spoons of extra virgin olive oil: the goal is not to make them super oily but just lightly coat them so they’ll cook nicely in the oven. Sprinkle some salt too to improve the taste.
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Fourth – Have your oven pre-heated to 350F and leave the kale cooking for no more than 15 minutes (depending on your oven they could be done sooner, I’d check after 10min to be safe).
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Done! – Enjoy the healthy, crispy and tasty kale chips that come out of the oven!
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HAL #42 – Asparagus stir fry, guacamole and garlic pita bread!

Yesterday there was yet another event in our department. As usual, the food provided was too much – or people just keep not eating enough –  and there was all sorts of leftovers. I was teaching a class at the time so I did not attend, yet the organizers were kind enough to save a bunch of food for me since they know I hate wasting food. Luckily, the Tupperware where I brought my salad for lunch was now empty, so I was able to bring food home. A LOT of it. That made last night’s dinner – no picture, sorry – but the best part was that as I was leaving, I heard our administrative running towards me saying “WAIT! YOU FORGOT THE PITA BREAD! THERE’S SO MUCH OF IT! TAKE IT HOME!”.

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These people really know me. So I took the pita bread, and like last time… it’ll last for an eternity. SO MUCH. I made pita toasts for breakfast this morning and for HAL today I threw some pita in the mix too. Thus, today I prepared a delicious stir fry of asparagus, garlic and sunflower seeds, accompanied by some guacamole/chips and homemade garlic pita bread, oven roasted.

Ridiculously yummy food!

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