When your loyal canine companion is in the hoosegow for the crime of protecting his family from a stick-wielding intruder, chances are you may want to take the edge off with a cocktail. Or two.
But if that’s not an option, you’ll need something else to squelch your sadness.
You could choose something sweet and satisfying like several pints of Ben & Jerry’s. Or perhaps you would prefer to tie a bag of Cool Ranch Doritos to your face and go to town. Either of these options would work nicely in the short run.
As for me, I am choosing the high road. I need to be in tip top physical and mental shape when I go to Night Court to defend my sweet dog later this month and reduce his sentence. I am training for battle.
And thus, when I get that urge to snack until I burst, I will be snacking on Roasted Kale Chips.
They are super easy to make, very satisfying to munch on, and pretty healthy too. Here’s my recipe if you’d like to try these yourself…
You will need:
- one bunch of fresh kale
- extra virgin olive oil
- salt and pepper
Here’s what you do:
1.) Preheat your oven to 400° F.
2.) Wash your kale. Or don’t, if you don’t mind some bugs, and/or pesticides, and/or E. coli with your kale chips. Totally up to you.
3.) Strip the leaves off the kale stems by holding the stem in one hand and grasping the leaves in the other hand, then pulling the stem away from the leaves like so:
4.) Dry your kale leaves thoroughly. You know I am a big fan of the Spin n’ Stor for this part.
5.) Rip your kale into bite sized pieces.
6.) Spread the torn kale on a cookie sheet, preferably one with sides. I’m using the Pampered Chef large stoneware bar pan. I use it for everything. Look how beautifully seasoned mine is!
If you want one, come to my Pampered Chef party on Saturday or email me and I’ll order one for you.
7.) Drizzle the kale with extra virgin olive oil. Probably about a tablespoon.
8.) Salt and pepper to taste… but not too much! If you are feeling frisky, you could even put a little sprinkle of chili powder or garlic powder on at this point. That would be goo-ooo-oood!
9.) Use your hands and really mix it up so the oil and seasonings coat every single piece.
The edges will brown up. That’s okay! It adds a great crispy texture and smokey taste that totally melts in your mouth.
11.) Serve and enjoy!
By the way, I do this same technique with several other veggies like cauliflower and brussels sprouts (cut into fourths). It is delicious!! Try it and let me know what you think.
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