Friday, October 25, 2013

roasted kale recipe.

hello everyone! hope youre having a great week!

so, i know im super late on the kale bandwagon. but let me explain myself here. first off, when kale first got all cool, i lived in the middle of nowhere arizona where the culture is about six years behind what i was used to in la. second, i had kale confused with arugula or raddichio or whatever that horrid super bitter thing is and thought i wouldnt like it. third i had assumed that if it was a super trendy health food, that it must cost a million dollars. 

turns out i was totally wrong. raw kale tastes just like every other leafy green (though i have a hard time believing that it has magical superpowers. i mean, maybe if youre used to eating mcdonalds all the time...), and it cooks really nicely in things like soups and stir-frys.

also, at most places ive looked, A LARGE BUNCH OF KALE COSTS LITERALLY ONE DOLLAR. two dollars, tops. once i found this out i was totally sold on kale and it became our default green vegetable for weeks when broccoli is expensive. 

and then i found out you can roast it into the worlds most delicious chip-type thing ever. seriously. you know those kale chips you can buy at the health food store for like $5? you can make them at home for $1. and its super easy. 

roasted kale:
(serves 2-4 as a snack or side dish)

1 large bunch of kale
1 tablespoon or so of olive oil
lemon pepper
red pepper flakes

heres what you do:

preheat your oven to 350 degrees. 

start by washing your kale (obviously) and trimming the leaves off the stalks. next chop the leaves in to more-or-less bite-sized pieces. place kale on a cookie sheet lined with foil and drizzle with olive oil. toss to evenly coat (ive read some recipes that tell you to do this in a bowl, but id rather not also wash a bowl) and sprinkle with lemon pepper and red pepper flakes (or whatever seasonings you prefer, thats just what i like). it will look like this:

bake at 350 for about 7 minutes, toss, and bake for about 7-10 more minutes, until it looks like this (youll know its done when its dry and crispy rather than wilted and soggy):

and then youre done! this is seriously my new favorite recipe and im pretty sure james is sick of roasted kale, but i dont care. 

stay tuned for tomorrow when i talk about whats going on in the etsy shop!

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