What to Know About Kale

What to Know About Kale

When I first started writing about food, it was always my intention to highlight ingredients, how to shop, compare prices, choose them, store them as well as use them. And I did make a stab at that, years ago, under “Ingredients” in my menu. But more recently, I’ve been slowly adding and upgrading as I go. Lately, now that it’s in season, I’ve been thinking about and using kale a lot, so here is What to Know About Kale.

Oven-Dried Kale

Oven-Dried Kale

Over the years, I began giving hints on every post about the ingredients. This year, I’ve decided to move forward with my original vision, and cover an ingredient from some of my posts with a goal of eventually having my site be a better resource for you. Today, obs, I am choosing kale, inspired by my recent posting of Oven-Dried Kale.

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Oven-Dried Kale

Oven-Dried Kale

I don’t despise a lot of foods, but Kale Chips rank right up there. I first heard of them on a Melissa D’Arabian show about 10 years ago. I was so psyched I ran right out and picked up kale and made them. The recipe worked beautifully and I tried to like them but I couldn’t stand them. There are recipes out there that add more seasonings and spices and maybe that helps them, but I’ve yet to give it a second go after an initial tasting. What I do love, though, is not wasting food! And that’s why this recipe for Oven-Dried Kale.

Oven-Dried Kale

Oven-Dried Kale

 

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Cajun Chicken Flatbread Pizza

Cajun Chicken Flatbread Pizza

A while back, you might remember if you follow me (join in if you want; link-ups are to the right in the sidebar) ) I was all over these Grilled Blackened Cajun Chicken Breasts. I promised I’d give you a few more options on how to use that chicken; see I made a bunch and then spun off different meals, meal prep fashion. Today it hit me that before summer is over and our beautiful fall days turn into w-w-w-w winter…oh how I hate the thought of it….I’d better give you the final couple of recipes in the series. One of my absolute favorites of meals I made is this Cajun Chicken Flatbread Pizza.

Cajun Chicken Flatbread Pizza

Cajun Chicken Flatbread Pizza

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Spicy Pomodoro Chickpeas

Spicy Pomodoro Chickpeas

If you follow my site, and if not, you can check the right sidebar for all the options, you know I made up a mess of Chickpeas in the Instant Pot a while back. And while those Chickpeas are pretty amazing (they’re cooked with aromatics and herbs) I wanted to make something with them. Something quick, easy, and healthy. And here it is, Spicy Pomodoro Chickpeas. Oh, yeah, it has Kale, too.

Spicy Pomodoro Chickpeas

Spicy Pomodoro Chickpeas

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Kale Salad With Creamy Caesar

Kale Salad With Creamy Caesar

First of all, a disclaimer! This really isn’t a “Caesar” dressing in this Kale Salad With Creamy Caesar, but it IS a dressing that’s creamy and cool and punching with enough flavor to stand up to and tame any kale salad. It’s a little bold, a little brash and as the kids would say, “Gangsta.” (That’s when the kids would say, “Mom, no one says that, lol!) I don’t think there could be anything more perfect with a Kale salad than this creamy dressing.

Kale Salad With Creamy Caesar

Kale Salad With Creamy Caesar

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