Thursday, January 7, 2010

I'm addicted!

To KALE.  Yes, kale.  The green leafy stuff.  Its in season and readily available at all grocery stores.  It a great source of  Protein, Vitamin E (Alpha Tocopherol), Thiamin, Riboflavin, Folate, Iron and Magnesium, and a very good source of Dietary Fiber, Vitamin A, Vitamin C, Vitamin B6, Calcium, Potassium, Copper and Manganese.  This is my new favorite way to make it; you HAVE to try it!  Its sooo fantastic and very addicting--you actually forget that its healthy! The recipe is from Whole Foods Market website, but I like to make it my own by using different spices, like garlic powder and red pepper flakes, curry powder and salt, cajun seasoning, or sometimes only using a little sea salt and fresh cracked black pepper.  When you bake it, the kale becomes crunchy, almost like salty chips minus the complex carbs.  Any way you make it is sooooo good!  :)  Trust me. Try it and tell me what you think!

Oven Roasted Kale - Whole Foods Market Recipe

~Oven Roasted Kale~
(Serves 4 as a side dish)


2 bunches kale 
2 tablespoons olive oil 
2 to 3 large cloves garlic, minced 
Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper 
1 tablespoon toasted sesame seeds


Preheat oven to 375°F. Rinse kale and pat dry thoroughly. Remove and discard thick ribs and roughly chop leaves. Pat leaves dry again. Toss with olive oil, garlic, salt and pepper in a large bowl. Spread on a large rimmed baking sheet. Kale does not need to be in a single layer, as it will shrink in volume as it cooks. Bake for 15 to 20 minutes, stirring every five minutes or so, until leaves are tender, crisp on edges and slightly browned. Sprinkle with sesame seeds before serving.


Per serving (About 3oz/83g-wt.): 100 calories (80 from fat), 9g total fat, 1.5g saturated fat, 3g protein, 5g total carbohydrate (2g dietary fiber, 0g sugar), 0mg cholesterol, 160mg sodium