Friday, April 5, 2013

Oh, Kale Yeah!

Okay health food freaks, you went out and bought a big wad of fresh kale to whiz up in your new Whiz-Bang Bullet. Then you realize that the bullet only requires a handful at a time and this miracle green is going to go bad before you can use it all. Now what?

Before I tell you what's what, I have to say that this bullet thingy is a real treasure. I have been able to whiz up some really healthful stuff, and everybody who is anybody in the nutritional world says we don't eat enough good stuff like raw fruits and veggies.

The Bullet provides a way to cram all sorts of vitamin and fiber packed, nutritious food into our fat selves. Just follow the directions by adding a wad of fresh raw veg, some fruit, maybe some nuts, and top off with water.

You probably wouldn't think of taking a bite out of that handful of kale, but whizzing it with fruit and nuts makes it palatable, and oh so good for you.

As the head cook in the SOG City kitchen, that bullet allows me to utilize some fruit and veggie scraps that I trim from dinner prep. Let's say you have no use in tonight's recipe for broccoli stalks or green tops of carrots; let's say you couldn't eat all of that salad or the greens served at the restaurant last night - well, don't toss them out, whiz'em up.

It's good for you, and it better utilizes your food dollars.

What was I going to talk about? Oh yeah, kale.

How propitious that yesterday the bad girl of the Cooking Channel, Nadia G, posted a dandy kale recipe. When I first saw the recipe I thought, "You have got to be kidding!" Then I decided to try Nadia's recipe. I had nothing to lose since I really did have a shit-load (official unit of Southern measurement) of the stuff that was thinking about going bad.

Here, then, is Nadia's recipe for:

Baked Kale Chips with Cider Vinegar

1/4 cup EVOO
1 bunch of kale, stemmed and rinsed, and thoroughly dried
a sprinkle of sea salt, to taste
a spritz of cider vinegar - I used a home made pepper vinegar for a little extra pizzaz

Pre-heat the oven to 350 degrees F.

Add the oil and kale to a plastic bag and distribute the oil as much as possible to coat the kale. Then distribute the kale evenly on a baking sheet and bake until crispy. Give it 10 to 15 minutes, but keep an eye on it toward the end and remove the tray before the kale turns black. You are looking for a real dark green.

Sprinkle with the sea salt and vinegar and you have some really tasty bar food to accompany strips of heavenly baked bacon. You just pick up the kale chips and shkoff'em down like potato chips. What could be more healthful and delicious than baked kale, bacon, and booze?

Well, probably fresh raw fruits and vegetables, but let's not get fanatical about this healthy eating thing.

Food should be fun - and, delicious. That kale was delicious.

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