Exploring Kale

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Hey everyone!  I have been doing a lot more cooking and experimenting with veggies.  I have recently added kale to my menu.  I wanted to share what I came up with in my exploration of kale.

My first adventure with kale was cooking it with other greens like collards, mustards, and turnips.  I am a fan of collard and mustard green.  It is a southern dish that is usually cooked with pork (or turkey).  Last spring, I search the internet for a vegetarian friendly version of cooking greens that still had the southern flavor. I found a recipe that I actually liked.  After that, I took that recipe and changed it up a little made it my own.  I took the butter element out and now it’s vegan friendly.  By the way greens are gluten-free.

Last week cooked some greens using the following ingredients:

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Not pictured is my olive oil and fresh onions.

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The green were really delicious and tender.

My next endeavor was kale chips. I heard nothing but great reviews on how tasty kale chips are and I heard that they were easy to make.   I made some this past Sunday using olive oil and salt.  I have to say that they were okay.  Not nasty or super delicious.  I am a fan of potato chips, so I am kinda comparing.  The chips are super thin and crispy.  I let my parents try the chips out and they loved.  I may try them again using other spices and seasoning.

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On yesterday, I made a kale, strawberry, and banana smoothie. I added 1/2 teaspoon of flax-seed and some apple juice to help the frozen fruit blend well.  I didn’t add my raw sugar.

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I have to say that the smoothie was really good!   I have tried spinach and other veggies before but I like how kale blended with the fruit I had.  I will be trying kale out with other veggies and fruits in my smoothies.

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I just wanted to share my kale experience.  If anyone has any tips or ideas please share!

 xo Brandi

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