comfort food

We all have that one go-to meal that we know by heart, that’s always satisfying and great no matter what season it is.   I had this vision of creating an over the top roasted edamame and chickpea gourd with butternut squash and flashed swiss chard to celebrate the first day off fall, and then I realized I didn’t need all that.  I just wanted a burger and fries, my way.   Portobello mushroom burgers with sweet potato fries and fresh kale.   Housed that meal.    I used this recipe with a few modifications.  I added in about 1/2 tablespoon of agave to the balsamic vinegar to make it a bit sweeter on the mushroom.   For the fries I added a shake of cinnamon powder and 3 shakes of chilli powder.

Image I had all this leftover kale so I decided to give kale chips a shot using the below recipe.   I know kale needs to be super dry before trying this recipe so I actually gave my kale a blow dry, no really.   I also waited until after the kale was done baking to add the salt.

Crispy Kale Chips

Ingredients

  • 1 bushel of kale (fresh, not pre-cut)
  • 1 Tbsp olive oil
  • ½ tsp salt

Steps

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees
  • Rinse and dry the kale well
  • Rip up the kale into bite-size pieces
  • In a large bowl, massage the olive oil and salt into the kale – you may want to add or use less salt depending on your taste
  • Spread the kale on a baking sheet so that none of the pieces are on top of each other.  Bake for 18 minutes.So tasty!   I’ll never go back to bagged potato chips

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    Hope your Sunday includes some baking!   I’m hoping to get to another apple pie and banana bread today.  Lofty goals for a lady who has to put all the clothes she ripped out of her closet back in today in some organized fashion.

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energy balls

hehe, balls. I’ll get to ’em.

While I’m a full on Pinterest addict,  sometimes I feel like a fake.  Here I am pinning all this sh*t I, allegedly, want to cook, create, and decorate and 9 times out of 10 I do nothing…really like 9.999999 out of 10.   The few pins I have tried ended in a disastrous, but highlarious state, that is until tonight!   I saw this pin over the weekend:

Source: smashedpeasandcarrots.blogspot.com via ashallann on Pinterest

I was sold as soon as I saw “no bake.”   They were so easy to make, and claimed to be delicious.  Bonus that it’s fun to call them energy balls (sometimes I have the humor of a 12 year old boy.)  You’ll notice the recipe creator didn’t refer to them as balls, that’s my own personal way of classing it up.    If you can’t get to the original post for the recipe, just click here.   Basically you’ll need oatmeal, chocolate chips, peanut butter, honey, ground flax seed and vanilla extract.   Mix.   Refrigerate.  Roll into balls.   Enjoy.

I didn’t stop with the delicious balls this evening, I was on a roll.   I wanted to have portobello mushrooms, but didn’t feel like sauteing them or soaking them in balsalmic, so I decided to stuff ’em!  I sauteed about a cup of spinach with a tbsp of olive oil with 1/4 of a red onion (chopped.)  I added in tomato towards the end and then took the mixture and placed it inside a washed portobello mushroom cap.   I added some chopped bacon to manfriends.  I baked the whole thing at 375 for about 10 minutes.   Awesome, perfect balance of natural flavors:

Seriously, try the energy ball recipe.   I don’t know if they actually give you energy but they’re easy.  You could make them at work.