Archive | September, 2016

Kale Chips

30 Sep

The bag of Kale I bought last time was too big and had fat stalks in them which I didn’t like. So I separated those and made some Kale Chips off a recipe on the back of the Kale bag :).

Well, it was really very simple so if you bored of the raw Kale, and want something that tastes like junk food, instead of going to the store and buying junk, make stuff yourself. And it isn’t hard.

  1. Separate Kale from its stalks. Ensure that only the leaves remain.
  2. Add some oil, a little salt and a little red pepper to a big bowl. Mix it all up. Add the Kale leaves.
  3. Ensure all the leaves are coated with oil on both sides. Don’t over think it. Just keep tossing it in the bowl for a while and this will automatically happen 😉
  4. Heat an Oven to 225 F. Spread the Kale leaves evenly on a baking tray or whatever you use to bake things in ovens.
  5. Put the tray in the oven. Set it for 25 minutes. Check every 8 minutes or so. The moment you feel a leaf has lost its softness and is crispy to your touch, be on alert.
  6. Taste one and see if its crispy enough. If it is, you’re done, cool it, mix it and eat it. If not, keep baking it (increment the temperature by 3 minutes each time) till it is crisp enough for you.
  7. If you want, sprinkle a little shredded cheese on it or any other powdered spice. I like it clean though, so I didn’t add anything this time. Just make sure you don’t er.. add too much salt. Just.. just saying. 😀

 

Kale Walnut Cheese Salad

28 Sep

Okay so I promise now, I’m going to start trying newer things and start updating this again – since I’ve decided to stop all the junk food I was needlessly consuming these days. I mean, it wasn’t a lot – but if you keep buying bags of chips, its always there and you don’t feel like making anything new. So I’m done, no more buying junk food. If I want to eat it, I’m going to make it myself 🙂

So lets start with a really simple recipe. The other day I bought some Kale instead of Spinach as usual since it is apparently really healthy.

A simple recipe ensued. Take a few kale leaves and keep them aside. This should basically be the size of your serving or in other words, however much you want to eat at that point.

Take some walnuts, chop them up into halves if they aren’t already small in size or halved. Add a little oil to a pan or a bowl, add a tiny bit of salt to the bowl and mix it up. Add the walnuts to it, mix well. Microwave the walnuts for 30 seconds or lightly roast (low heat) for 2 minutes or so. Don’t over do it and blacken/burn the walnuts.

Grate a little cheese, I use a vegan cheese but you can use anything and sprinkle over the walnuts. Mix well.

Mix all of this with the kale that you had set aside. Mix it well, so that the kale leaves are a tiny bit oily. A little red pepper on top, if you want but that’s it.

It seems really simple, but its a nice combination and a very healthy snack.