Saturday, September 24, 2011

Quick and Easy Kale Chips

I LOVE these and can eat a whole batch soon as they come out of the oven! Guilt free and filled with nutrients, it is hard to believe that snacking can be so healthy! You can get really creative with how you spice them up if you want.

1 bunch of kale, with hard stems trimmed off and leaves cut to bite sized pieces
1 clove garlic minced very, very fine
2 T olive oil
1 t sea salt - opitional but good
2 t smoky paprika or other spice of choice...really whatever you want to taste on the kale works

Heat oven to 350. Dump all ingredients in a bowl and use your hands to massage them all together. Dump it on a cookie tray and bake at 350 for 10-12 minutes. It'll be crispy and melt in your mouth when done. Enjoy!

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Easy Barley Salad

1 c barley
2 cups water
3/4 c matchstick chopped carrots (buy them in a bag pre chopped!)
1/3 c sunflower seeds
1/2 red bell pepper chopped fine
1 small handful spinach chopped fine
1/3 c feta cheese (or more if you like!)

Cook the barley in water according to directions. I just bring it all to a boil, then simmer for 20 minutes to half an hour till water is absorbed. Cool barley. Mix all ingredients together. Serve over a bed of spinach or mixed greens. Yummy, cruncy, and tasty. If you like you can add dressing. I like the natural flavors.

Saturday, September 17, 2011

Easy Marinated Raw Veggie Salad

1 small head of cauliflower, cut into little florets
2 stalks celery chopped
1 red and 1 yellow bell pepper seeded & chopped
1 bunch radishes, trimmed and sliced

Marinade:

2/3 c olive oil
3 Dijon mustard
1/4 - 1/3 c balsamic vinegar
1 T dried oregano
salt and pepper to taste

Mix all veggies. Mix mariade ingredients and whisk well then pour over veggies. Stir to coat. Refrigerate at least one hour before eating to let flavors blend.

Saturday, September 3, 2011

Homemade Taco Seasoning

Although I certainly don't mind a seasoning packet when I'm in a rush these homemade tacos don't take much more time to whip up if you hae the spices on hand, and they're really good!

Olive oil

1 3/4 - 2 lbs lean ground beef, turkey, or chickn
1/3 c finely chopped onion
2 cloves minced garlic

2 t chili powder
3 t cumin
2 t smoked paprika
2 t oregano
1 t salt

1 c water

Pour olive oil on bottom of pan to coat pan. Heat over medium high. Add onions and cook for 2 minutes till softened. Add ground beef and break up and stir till fully cooked. Add garlic, cook for one minute more. Add all spices and stir well for a minute. Then add water, stir, and reduce to a simmer.

Serve in traditional tacos or over a salad with onions, tomatoes, cheese, and broken tortillas.