Kale, Kale and more Kale
Wednesday, August 29, 2012
At the Farmers Market last weekend I purchased two big bunches of kale - curly leaf - organic apples, organic carrots, organic strawberries, an onion, two zucchini, and a bunch of garlic. The organic strawberries were the most expensive, but so worth the money. Sweeter than anything I have had in a month!
The curly leaf Kale is new to me. This was always garnish under my super fattening dinners at overpriced restaurants. Now I am enjoying experimenting with so many different foods. My kale discoveries:
1. Seriously washing the tiny bugs out of the kale was a pain. Twice in the sink bath. I will have to develop a system for washing vegetables. The curly leaves made this a pain.
2. I do not like kale in my green smoothies. Weird I know, but it did not taste good. I am in love with the spinach/ fruit combinations and have cut way down on the amount of fruit. But the kale I had a hard time with. Even with the coconut oil, the kale smoothie didn't do it for me.
3. I love kale cooked and in soups. This week I made chicken vegetable soup with loads of kale in it. I also put it in my chicken stir fry and with the coconut oil and garlic it was delicious.
4. I'm in love with kale chips. First batch was way too oily and salty. Second batch was just perfect. I melted 1 tbs. coconut oil and then tossed 3 big handfuls of kale to coat and lightly sprinkled with sea salt - then baked for 20 min at 350. WOW. These were crunchy and delicious. I even crushed some up on my salad the next day. My girls said they tasted like brussels sprouts. Love them!
Other discoveries this week.... I am getting better at going into the grocery store and grabbing something quick that is still primal. Volleyball season is underway and twice this week I found myself without a snack and lunch. Going into the grocery store hungry is not good. It wasn't even the bakery or super deep fried food - it was the cheese. Strange I know, but I wanted to hoover a block of cheese. Instead I grabbed a small bag of mixed veggies (the kind for stir fry) raw, a hard boiled egg and a chicken breast out of the deli. It was makeshift, but it worked. And I left the dairy behind.
I am still swimming as much as I can because summer is going to come to an end soon. Our family seems to perk up in the Fall. We love football and volleyball and have a lot of activities around these events. I am going to set aside some time this week to plan Primal type meals that I can bring to tournaments and prepare for the girls. Football weekends will be another thing. Hubby loves the chip and dip, little smokies in bbq, etc. and so on.. Maybe I will search for Primal tailgating ideas...... What have you folks made for occasions like this?
I am happy that my weight is still decreasing, but a little anxious too. Fall is our favorite and we love to bundle up, light a fire and eat. I need to be strong about setting new traditions and keep on going ! ! I hope all is well with you.