My First Kale

I have come a long way in terms of my 2010 resolutions to try out some new food. I remember, back in the day, when I had yet to try Brussels sprouts and tofu– which I now love! All that seems so long ago, and I don’t know why I put off trying those amazing foods for so long. I need to trust the blog world more!

For lunch today I made a recent favorite and a new favorite.


I attempted a new little tofu twist.


I used part of the recipe from my spicy Thai peanut sprouts to season my tofu. I felt a little crazy and decided to try it out.


I also decided to attempt the ever popular in the blog world – Kale Chips – with my kale bouquet.

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 Kale doesn’t look so scary, does it??


I might have gone a little crazy with the kale photo shoot.


I had to take some pictures of the kale by Jackson to give you all an idea of the actual size of this bad boy.   


Jackson is 11.5 pounds. The kale was 1.10 pounds.


It’s a pretty big bouquet of kale if you ask me. Are they usually this enormous?  The kale was overtaking Jackson!


Next it was time to wash the kale.

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Did you notice that I really love this little tag with the Eat More Fresh Vegetables writing on it?

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This is one leaf of kale – it’s pretty big.


Again, with Jackson in the background for perspective.


Then it was time to slice and dice and put on a baking sheet.

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I topped the kale with a drizzle of olive oil


And a sprinkle of parmesan cheese for good measure. 

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I baked the kale chips at 375 for about 15 minutes, until the edges were crispy. I baked the tofu per the normal temp and time.


Looking at this picture makes me so happy. A year ago I never thought I would be eating tofu & kale!


It’s so crazy how much the kale shrinks in the oven! I feel like I put so much in and not so much comes out.

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Crispy, crunchy kale!


I enjoyed mine with a side of ketchup.


I am not kidding you when I say the kale tastes like potato chips. It’s crunchy and a little smoky tasting. They are amazing!

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I am so happy I jumped on the kale bandwagon! These babies just rocked my world.


It was a lovely little meal.


The peanut Thai tofu didn’t turn out as well as I would have liked. The sauce was amazing but for some reason the tofu never got crispy. Not sure why, but I still enjoyed dipping the tofu in the extra sauce.

Any idea why the tofu didn’t crisp up?


A Kale Question – Do you use the stalk of the kale or do you cut it off? I wasn’t sure so I didn’t include it in my first kale experience. Not sure it would work or not.


Are you on the kale train? Do you enjoy it or are you still waiting to try it? Let me know what other kale recipes you have for me!

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  • Reply Lizzy September 14, 2010 at 4:15 pm

    I eat Kale Chips 3X a week. I love them! Don't eat the stalk- just pull the leaves off the stalk. I season them with olive oil, salt, pepper and red pepper flakes.

  • Reply livingoneday September 14, 2010 at 4:22 pm

    i dont eat the stalk, i just rip the leaves off. ever since i was little ive eaten kale steamed in garlic, olive oil, and chicken broth and served over linguine with parmesan cheese. it's SOOO good

  • Reply CAC muffin September 14, 2010 at 4:42 pm

    Honestly I'm still scared of kale- its always just been that green stuff on the side of the plate that is there for pretty- but your picture are hilarious!

  • Reply Tasha - The Clean Eating Mama September 14, 2010 at 4:56 pm

    i love kale chips but they make me burp. =( I suatee kale with vegetables and LOVE it! I eat kale all of the time!

  • Reply suki @ [Super Duper Fantastic] September 14, 2010 at 4:59 pm

    I didn't know you could make kale chips! I've been avoiding kale because it's a little too rough… Hmm, these look good though.

  • Reply Nichole September 14, 2010 at 6:02 pm

    I should be on the kale train, but just haven't tried it. The pick with the pup is TOO friggin funny. I see he's not enjoying the kale.

  • Reply scargosun September 14, 2010 at 6:33 pm

    What I like about kale is you can use the whole thing, just not necessarily the same way. I am a HUGE kale chips fan. I take out the large tough vein that goes right thru till it ends in the stalk. I chop up the hard stalk/vein parts and saute them with whatever I happen to be cooking. You can also toss it in soups as the cook. Just a nice flavor and health boost to your meal.

  • Reply Becky September 14, 2010 at 6:48 pm

    I love kale chips, but last time I found a worm in them. I washed the kale really good, but it still got past me. I almost bit right into the little guy. The whole experience threw me off and I haven't had kale chips since. Someday I'll get over it.

  • Reply ladypurpl September 14, 2010 at 9:42 pm

    Wow, who would have thought you could make kale chips? Maybe I should try them someday with you too.

  • Reply Forward Foot Strides September 14, 2010 at 10:41 pm

    Mmmm that peanut sauce looks good. I've eaten kale I think once in my lifetime, I enjoyed it if I remember correctly.

  • Reply Tiffany September 15, 2010 at 12:46 pm

    I've never tried making kale before. That picture of Jackson with the kale on the couch is super cute!

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