My First Kale

I have come a long way in terms of my 2010 resolutions to try out some new food. I remember, back in the day, when I had yet to try Brussels sprouts and tofu– which I now love! All that seems so long ago, and I don’t know why I put off trying those amazing foods for so long. I need to trust the blog world more!

For lunch today I made a recent favorite and a new favorite.

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I attempted a new little tofu twist.

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I used part of the recipe from my spicy Thai peanut sprouts to season my tofu. I felt a little crazy and decided to try it out.

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I also decided to attempt the ever popular in the blog world – Kale Chips – with my kale bouquet.

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 Kale doesn’t look so scary, does it??

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I might have gone a little crazy with the kale photo shoot.

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I had to take some pictures of the kale by Jackson to give you all an idea of the actual size of this bad boy.   

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Jackson is 11.5 pounds. The kale was 1.10 pounds.

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It’s a pretty big bouquet of kale if you ask me. Are they usually this enormous?  The kale was overtaking Jackson!

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Next it was time to wash the kale.

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Did you notice that I really love this little tag with the Eat More Fresh Vegetables writing on it?

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This is one leaf of kale – it’s pretty big.

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Again, with Jackson in the background for perspective.

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Then it was time to slice and dice and put on a baking sheet.

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I topped the kale with a drizzle of olive oil

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And a sprinkle of parmesan cheese for good measure. 

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I baked the kale chips at 375 for about 15 minutes, until the edges were crispy. I baked the tofu per the normal temp and time.

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Looking at this picture makes me so happy. A year ago I never thought I would be eating tofu & kale!

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It’s so crazy how much the kale shrinks in the oven! I feel like I put so much in and not so much comes out.

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Crispy, crunchy kale!

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I enjoyed mine with a side of ketchup.

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I am not kidding you when I say the kale tastes like potato chips. It’s crunchy and a little smoky tasting. They are amazing!

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I am so happy I jumped on the kale bandwagon! These babies just rocked my world.

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It was a lovely little meal.

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The peanut Thai tofu didn’t turn out as well as I would have liked. The sauce was amazing but for some reason the tofu never got crispy. Not sure why, but I still enjoyed dipping the tofu in the extra sauce.

Any idea why the tofu didn’t crisp up?

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A Kale Question – Do you use the stalk of the kale or do you cut it off? I wasn’t sure so I didn’t include it in my first kale experience. Not sure it would work or not.

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Are you on the kale train? Do you enjoy it or are you still waiting to try it? Let me know what other kale recipes you have for me!

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12 Comments

  • Reply Lizzy September 14, 2010 at 4:15 pm

    I eat Kale Chips 3X a week. I love them! Don't eat the stalk- just pull the leaves off the stalk. I season them with olive oil, salt, pepper and red pepper flakes.

  • Reply livingoneday September 14, 2010 at 4:22 pm

    i dont eat the stalk, i just rip the leaves off. ever since i was little ive eaten kale steamed in garlic, olive oil, and chicken broth and served over linguine with parmesan cheese. it's SOOO good

  • Reply CAC muffin September 14, 2010 at 4:42 pm

    Honestly I'm still scared of kale- its always just been that green stuff on the side of the plate that is there for pretty- but your picture are hilarious!

  • Reply Tasha - The Clean Eating Mama September 14, 2010 at 4:56 pm

    i love kale chips but they make me burp. =( I suatee kale with vegetables and LOVE it! I eat kale all of the time!

  • Reply suki @ [Super Duper Fantastic] September 14, 2010 at 4:59 pm

    I didn't know you could make kale chips! I've been avoiding kale because it's a little too rough… Hmm, these look good though.

  • Reply Nichole September 14, 2010 at 6:02 pm

    I should be on the kale train, but just haven't tried it. The pick with the pup is TOO friggin funny. I see he's not enjoying the kale.

  • Reply scargosun September 14, 2010 at 6:33 pm

    What I like about kale is you can use the whole thing, just not necessarily the same way. I am a HUGE kale chips fan. I take out the large tough vein that goes right thru till it ends in the stalk. I chop up the hard stalk/vein parts and saute them with whatever I happen to be cooking. You can also toss it in soups as the cook. Just a nice flavor and health boost to your meal.

  • Reply Becky September 14, 2010 at 6:48 pm

    I love kale chips, but last time I found a worm in them. I washed the kale really good, but it still got past me. I almost bit right into the little guy. The whole experience threw me off and I haven't had kale chips since. Someday I'll get over it.

  • Reply ladypurpl September 14, 2010 at 9:42 pm

    Wow, who would have thought you could make kale chips? Maybe I should try them someday with you too.

  • Reply Forward Foot Strides September 14, 2010 at 10:41 pm

    Mmmm that peanut sauce looks good. I've eaten kale I think once in my lifetime, I enjoyed it if I remember correctly.

  • Reply Tiffany September 15, 2010 at 12:46 pm

    I've never tried making kale before. That picture of Jackson with the kale on the couch is super cute!

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