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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Instant Pot Mexican Rice

Instant Pot Mexican Rice

So maybe this is just the week for Mexican basics done in the Instant Pot. The other day it was my Instant Pot Refried Beans, and today it’s Instant Pot Mexican Rice. Which makes me wonder, do Mexicans call their Mexican Rice “Mexican Rice?” I’m from Iowa and I call my Ham Balls “Iowa Ham Balls” on my site (because that recipe really IS made a lot in Iowa, probably a nod to the German settlers and it has that hallmark Sweet n’ Sour flavor) but if I’m just talking to someone, I just say Ham Balls. Just saying it makes me want to snicker, btw. Here’s the recipe for Iowa Ham Balls with Sweet Sour Glaze, now that I mentioned them.

Instant Pot Denver Green Chili, Mexican Rice and Refried Beans

Instant Pot Denver Green Chili, Mexican Rice and Refried Beans

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Lemon Pepper Vegetable Saute

Lemon Pepper Vegetable Saute

Sometimes you need just a drop-dead simple side, and especially this time of year (August) why not take advantage of all the summer veggies to be had at their freshest (and cheapest) and in abundance? That’s where this Lemon Pepper Vegetable Saute comes into play. I know sheet pan veggies are all the rage these days, but I chose to use a skillet- fast, easy and sometimes, you just don’t want to heat up that oven.

Grilled Blackened Chicken Breasts

Grilled Blackened Cajun Chicken Breasts with Lemon Pepper Vegetable Sautes

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Classic Potato Salad Instant Pot or Not

Classic Potato Salad Instant Pot or Not

When I was younger, I wasn’t a huge potato salad fan. Even my Mom’s, and she went the whole route with homemade mayonnaise and everything. But I appreciate it more, now, and I especially appreciate it when its a lot easier than Mom’s. And I appreciate it when it’s this creamy, Classic Potato Salad, Instant Pot or Not.

Classic Potato Salad Instant Pot or Not

Classic Potato Salad Instant Pot or Not

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White & Sweet Potato Salad with Chutney Dressing

White & Sweet Potato Salad with Chutney Dressing

I gotta say I’ve never been a huge fan of out standard American potato salad. Of course, that never stops me from eating it if I’m at a barbecue or potluck, but sometimes I wish there was something a little different. Something that wakes up the taste buds. Something a little special. This White & Sweet Potato Salad with Chutney Dressing is all that and more!

White & Sweet Potato Salad with Chutney Dressing

White & Sweet Potato Salad with Chutney Dressing

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