Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Kale Chips & Sunshine

Hi everyone! Hope your week is moving right along and going well, mine is for sure! I am feeling blessed and taking on new challenges daily, but with joy and a sense of adventure! 

One of the weekend adventures I had was trying Kale chips! I gathered a  big handful from my rooftop deck garden (which is pretty much rockin'!) and set off to see what all the buzz is about! 

I tore up my 2 cups of kale and tossed it with one table spoon, Tropical Traditions Virgin Coconut Oil, which I won from Angie Bee!

Then I sprinkled all of them with sea salt and half with red pepper, those were spic-ay!! Don't judge my nasty pan either, it's the only one I use to roast things on and it's nearly black, but works! I am sure that everyone has a secret nasty pan that works wonders. 

Kale is off the chart in Vitamin's K, A, E and fiber! It is high in beta carotene, antioxidants and is one of the best natural tools in preventing many cancers. Eat Kale, Love life, be healthy! 

I made two batches, the first I baked for 8 min at 375 and it was TOO long. The recipe called for 10 min and I am glad I didn't leave them in that long. I baked up my second batch at 375 for 5 minutes and they came out brown AND green! They were crunchy and very flavorful, and the red pepper added a great kick! 

I will be making them again for sure, but need more kale since it shrunk up more than expected, but it was easy and healthy!  

On a side note, I drank in some of the MN summer sun and it was Fantabulous!!! I know I shouldn't be laying out, but I just LOVE it. I do slather on the sunscreen so I feel like I can enjoy myself, read, drink in the Vitamin D and still even out some tan lines. I am a sun bunny, I admit.  I granted myself 2 hours to just relax and do what I wanted which included this.  Lately, I haven't been taking too much time to just relax and BE. 

Here are 3 wonderful things that have ALREADY happened this week: 
  1. an additional opportunity where I already work
  2. Wanting to join a bible study and finding one THAT day that is studying a book I already have
  3. Finding a Triathlon specific swimming class at my YMCA.  BAM. Blessings are overtaking us! 

 Thanks to Angie Bee for the Coconut oil winnings and be sure and check out her sweet giveaway-a Nuu Muu Dress!

Do you use coconut oil--what is your favorite dish to create with it? Have you made the KALE chips? Verdict? 

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