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Kale Chips Two Ways

Cheap, Clean Snacking

My husband and I were just talking the other day about how drastically our snacking habits have changed. It’s embarrassing to admit, but I kid you not, between the two of us, we could sit down to watch a movie and eat an entire bag of salt and vinegar chips… and then because we were basically human salt licks, would follow that *light* snack with something sweet. So, yeah, we were the icons of health. (read more about our food journey here) After doing Whole30, we pretty much stopped snacking altogether because when you fill your body up on nutritious food you’re not hungry 30 minutes later! I know…shocker!

Sometimes, though, the munchie monster comes around, usually with my dreaded Aunt Flo, and I have to have something salty and crunchy. I was perusing the health aisle at the store for something healthier to munch on, and picked up a bag of kale chips… then promptly put them back down when I saw the price! Convenience isn’t worth my daughter’s college fund. Slightly hyperbolic, obviously, but if you buy a $6 bag of kale chips every week, that will add up! You can get one big bunch of kale at almost any grocery store for around $1, and you likely already have a bottle of olive oil and some salt in your pantry, right? If so, you can make your own kale chips!

My whole family loves crispy, salty kale chips for snacking, but they are also delicious atop a taco salad or to add texture to a creamy soup. Kale is high in vitamins A and C, and has been called a “super food”; so why not eat your super food in chip form?!

Kale Chips Two Ways

Makes about 3 loose cups.

Ingredients:

  • Four cups (about 2 small bunches, or one large bunch) of fresh kale, de-stemmed, and roughly chopped
  • 1 tbsp light olive oil (any other light oil would be fine, too, like grapeseed or avocado, a more robust oil will change the flavor)
  • 1 tsp kosher salt
  • For Chili Garlic Kale Chips:
    • all ingredients listed above plus
    • 2 tsp of garlic powder
    • 2 tsp of chili powder
    • 1/4-1/2 tsp cayenne

Directions:

  • Preheat oven to 400 F
  • Grease a large, rimmed baking sheet
  • Lay kale out on prepared baking sheet
  • Drizzle with oil
  • Sprinkle with kosher salt
  • Massage kale until slightly wilted and softened
  • Add remaining seasonings if you’re doing Chili Garlic Kale Chips, ensuring all the greens are evenly coated in seasoning
  • Lay kale out in an even layer on baking sheet
  • Bake in preheated oven for 10-12 minutes, until dark green and crisp
  • Keep an eye on them – they burn quickly!
  • Once completely cooled, kale chips will keep in a sealed container or bag at room temperature for 3-5 days

For delicious dips to combine with your newfound love of veggie chips, check out my Spicy Garlic SalsaDairy free Garlic Herb Ranch, and Classic Garlic Hummus. And if you need a little something sweet to follow your salty snack, I’ve got you covered with my Wholesome Chocolate Chunk CookiesBanana Bread with Granola CrumbleChocolate Chip Peanut Butter Cookie Bars, and Dark Chocolate Paleo Brownies to name a few. See what other sweets I have by using the drop down arrow on my “desserts” menu. Don’t forget to pin all your favorites by using the “Pinterest” button at the bottom of the post!

I hope your family enjoys these kale chips as much as my family does. Don’t let the munchie monster get you down! Happy snacking…and enjoy your pinch of crazy!

Slow Cooker Potato and Kale Soup

 

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Lighter Comfort Food

Everyone has a food that they equate comfort with; these comfort foods are usually warm and heavy, like an emotional blanket in food form. I am not a huge soup lover, but I do enjoy tomato soup and potato soup; both are comfort foods for me. My mom would always make us tomato soup when we were sick as kids, and my husband has even made it for me when I was sick as an adult, too. Potato soup is heavier and richer, but it always tastes so good and is like a warm hug for your belly!

I remember after Zemirah (who is almost two now) was born, my mom and dad came for a very helpful and tiring visit. Before my mom left, she cooked a few meals for us to have in the freezer, and left a Crock-Pot full of simmering potato soup for us to have the night they left. I, of course, cried into my soup bowl that night while trying not to accidentally drip hot soup on the nursing baby in my arms. A week later, my in-laws came out, too, and my ever-thoughtful mother-in-law stocked the fridge and freezer, as well! Guess what one of the meals she made was? Yep. Potato soup! So I’m pretty sure it must be a universal comfort food…or at least it is for new moms.

Like I said above, potato soup is usually pretty heavy and has a lot of cream and/or cheese…but what about the warm hug for your belly?! Well here it is! A dairy free slow cooker potato soup with some healthy greens added to it! Just set it and forget it, then slurp it up a few hours later. I hope it keeps you and your family warm, comforted, and healthy during these chilly months.

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Slow Cooker Potato and Kale Soup

Makes about 10 cups.

Ingredients:

  • 10-12 large red potatoes, large diced
  • 1 onion, diced
  • 3.5 cups of Chicken Stock (vegetable stock if you follow a vegetarian/vegan diet)
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp pepper
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp dried thyme
  • One cup of chopped kale
  • 3/4 cup full fat coconut milk
  • Optional toppings:
    • crispy bacon
    • chopped scallions
    • croutons

Directions:

  • Combine all ingredients except kale, coconut milk, and toppings in slow cooker
  • Cover and cook on high for four hours, or on low for eight hours
  • Carefully mash potatoes (I use this potato masher with a nice long handle)
  • Add kale and coconut milk
  • Cover and cook on low for an additional 30 minutes
  • Serve warm with desired toppings
  • Store leftovers covered in the refrigerator for a week

If you like soup, I hope you check out my Two Bean Turkey Chili, the Chicken Stock I use for both the chili and this potato soup, and don’t forget my Creamy Tomato Basil Soup! All of these recipes are simple, quick, healthy, and delicious; perfect for this busy time of year. I hope you enjoy this potato soup, give your belly a warm hug…and enjoy your pinch of crazy!

 

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