I’m not a big fan of vegetables. I mean, I’ll eat them if they’re placed in front of me. But now that I’m an actual grown-up and don’t have my mom preparing veggies for me, I never place them in front of myself. Blah. Why should I fill myself up with vegetables when I can have dessert, or cheese, or carbs? Mmmmmm.
Of course, I realize there are *some* benefits to these “veggie” things (I guess). So this year on Big Apple Nosh, I’m going to cultivate a veggie-eating habit by posting 30 (Ahh! No) 20! recipes that tackle my veggie fear and apathy. These recipes will be honest experiments, with some better than others I’m sure, as I come around to these green beasts. I’m counting on YOU to keep me on the ball. Are you with me?
I decided to jump right in and experiment with kale (shudder). While my friend Penny lists kale as one of her top 5 vegetables, my two times eating this daunting veg have been less than stellar. I mean, kale is considered a “cruciferous” vegetable, for goodness’ sake. Based on my Harry Potter reading, that can’t bode well. Anyway, I tackled kale in the way I tackle any unknown food object – salt and oil that baby up and make some chips of it.
You will need:
- 1 bunch of kale
- Olive Oil
- Sea Salt
Simple enough, right?
1. Preheat the oven to my favorite temperature – 350 degrees
2. Remove the kale leaves from the tough stemmy part (or stem, whatevs)
3. Tear the leaves into chip-size pieces, and wash the leaves and dry thoroughly.
OMG so much kale. Ahhhhhh!
5. Spread the leaves out on a baking sheet, drizzle with olive oil and sprinkle with sea salt
6. Bake for approximately 12 minutes, or until kale is crispy but not burned
(Watch them carefully, these tricky buggers turn from crispy to burned in a heartbeat! I know this from experience, wahhhh)
Voila! Kale chips. While I wasn’t as big a fan of these as their potato cousin, they were not bad as far as veggies were concerned. Haha kale, I’ve bested you!! For now…
Any veggie recipes you suggest I try? Do you think I can stick to this 20 in 2011 goal?