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7 Days of Kale- Day 5- Kale Cakes

21 Apr

Not that kind of cake.  This recipe is a one serving mini kale and quiche pie. Delicious. Easy to make. Easy to eat.  Fun to take to parties.


1 bunch kale

5 large eggs, beaten

1/4 cup sour cream

1 1/2 c feta cheese, crumbled (may also substitute ricotta or cottage cheese)

2 tbs minced garlic

1/4 tsp salt

1/4 tsp white pepper

Italian herbs, onion powder and paprika to flavor.


Preheat oven to 400 degrees F

Pulse kale in food processor until finely chopped. Transfer to a large bowl. Add sour cream, feta, eggs, garlic, spices and herbs. Mix thoroughly.

Coat  12 cup muffin pan with cooking spray. Divide evenly amongst the cups.

Bake the cakes for 20-25 minutes or until golden brown on top. Serve warm.







7 Days of Kale- Day 4- Kale with Arame Seaweed

20 Apr


1/2 cup Arame seaweed

1 bunch kale, destemmed, chopped

1 tbsp garlic, minced

1 tbsp ginger, minced

2 tbsp coconut aminos (any soy sauce)

2 tbsp sesame oil

1 tbs sesame seeds

Instructions: Soak seaweed as per the directions on the package. In skillet, on medium heat,  heat oil, add garlic and saute. Add arame and ginger, cook for 1 minute. Remove arame/ginger/garlic from pan into a bowl.

Heat oil, add chopped kale, add coconut aminos. cook low heat 5-10 minutes until wilted. Mix into bowl with other ingredients.  Add more sesame oil and aminos for flavor. Garnish with sesame seeds.

Recipe borrowed from http://www.simplyrecipes.com

7 Days of Kale- Day 3- Colcannon Recipe

19 Apr

Colcannon is an Irish traditional dish consisting of mashed potatoes and cabbage or kale.

There is a Halloween tradition in Ireland to serve colcannon with hidden gifts, such as coins, inside the dish. Are you kidding? My husband inhales his food. He would swallow the coins whole. Serve this to children? No way!


4 potatoes 2 lbs, peeled, cut into large 1 inch chunks

3 cups of chopped kale

3 scallions

1 leek, whites only, diced

1 cup almond milk

2 tbsp sour cream

garlic to taste

salt to taste

1 tbsp veggie oil of choice

Bacon, optional


Bring potatoes to a boil, boil until tender, approximately 15 minutes, and drain.

Saute the kale in oil for 3-4 minutes until wilted, add scallions, add garlic.

Add milk and add potatoes. Mash the potatoes with a masher. Salt to flavor.

Add bacon for added flavor.

We didn’t add bacon to our dish, but I could see this being a great addition to this dish.

Chocolate Chip Larabars

18 Apr

I’ve had a quite a few requests for these, so here’s the recipe.


1 cup cashews

2/3 cup dates, pitted

1 tsp vanilla extract

1 oz cacao nibs (or semisweet chocolates)

2 pinches of cinnamon

add a pinch of chili chipotle for fun:)

Finely grind the nuts in food processor , then add all remaining ingredients. The mixture should be crumbly in your hand. Scoop the entire mixture into your hands at once, knead together until it sticks together, then press firmly and evenly into a greased glass bowl (I use a very small amount of coconut oil). Place in fridge for 2-3 hours to before serving.

7 Days of Kale -Day 2- Kale and Bean Soup

18 Apr

Kale works really well in soups and stews. Make sure to chop the kale in to small pieces. I use a food processor to finely chop the kale before adding it to the soup. This recipe makes a large batch and freezes very well.


2 Bunches of Kale, destemmed

1 sweet onion, diced

3 leeks (whites only), diced

3 large carrots, sliced

2 boxes (32 oz) veggie broth

1 can diced or stewed tomatoes

1 can small white beans, rinsed and drained

3-4 garlic cloves, roughly chopped

cayenne pepper to taste (optional)

In tall saucepan, saute onions in oil for 3 minutes, add garlic and cook for another 2 minutes. Add broth, kale, carrots and canned tomatoes. Cook until kale is tender, about 5 minutes. Add canned beans. Serve hot.


7 Days of Kale – Day 1-Fig and Kale Recipe

17 Apr

This is the first recipe for my 7 Days of Kale segment; how to use kale in a recipe.

The addition of sweet figs to the kale and mushrooms gives this dish a sweet, savory and unique flavor.


2 bunches of Kale, chopped and  destemmed

12 dried figs, quartered

2 cups fresh mushrooms, roughly chopped

1/4 cup Beef broth

4 garlic cloves

1 Tsp vegetable oil

1/4 tsp Nutmeg

Salt and pepper to taste

In a large pot, saute the garlic for 1-3 minutes, then add mushrooms, and cook for another 1-2 minutes.

Add the beef broth. Add the kale and cook until wilted. Keep the kale moist, by adding more broth if necessary. Season with salt and pepper and nutmeg. Add the figs last and heat for one more minute.

kids WILL eat HEALTHY…..just starve them first:)

15 Apr

My little niece (she’s 16 now) came over for a sleepover last night. She throws her overnight bag onto the floor and heads straight for the pantry cabinet. She opens the door and stares inside for a few seconds.

“Where’s the spaghetti? I want spaghetti for dinner.”

“We don’t have spaghetti.”

“Well, where’s the cookies?”

“We don’t have cookies.”

“Do you have any ice cream?”


“Chips and salsa?”


Exasperated, “Oh my god, I’m going to starve to death!”

Well, we’re off to a great start!

45 minutes later….”Can I have some green juice?”

What?  Did I hear that correctly? My 16 year old niece who ate Subway and McDonalds earlier that day, just asked me for GREEN JUICE? Let me repeat that. She, asked us, for green juice.

Shut. Up.

Later that evening, she walked over to the fridge and stared inside for a full minute. Just as I was getting ready to say something about the open door, she grabbed the kale soup and threw it in the microwave. She scarfed it down and promptly went back for a second helping.

Over the next 24 hours, my niece proceeded to eat a Berry/Banana/Kale Smoothie. She also ate salmon for dinner (after vehemently explaining to me how she ONLY eats shrimp). I also gave her a caper to try. She didn’t like it. That’s ok she at least tried it. I chopped up a small piece of nopalito for her. She didn’t like that either. But she ate it! “Ewwwwww, is that a beet?” With a healthy dose of light Ranch dressing, she finished eating the watercress, beet, gorgonzola and walnut salad.

The next day, my husband and I felt like exercising so we grabbed the three off-road bikes and told my niece, who was laying on the couch all afternoon, she was coming with us. “I don’t feel like it” she says. ‘I have a headache, I don’t feel good, besides I don’t have any shoes to wear”. I turned off the tv, confiscated the remote and threw a pair of tennis shoes in her direction. She came outside a few minutes later with her unbrushed hair pulled back in a ponytail. “You guys are dorks, only dorks wear gloves when biking!” After biking for a few miles, we stopped to take a break. She quietly got off her bike and started picking at her hands. My husband asked her if she had a blister. She nodded her head yes. He took off his gloves, handed them to her and she immediately put them on her hands. Ok dork! We rode only 8 miles that day and she did really great. Off-road biking is a lot more difficult than on-road. We had great time:)

That evening, I was gathering a few of her things to take her back to her mom’s house and I noticed her box of Nerds candy sitting there. I shook the box assuming she left the empty carton laying around, but instead, I heard the hard little candies rattling around. Interesting, my niece never ate the candy she brought with her.

My niece was extremely resistant to a lot of things we did and ate during her brief stay with up, but ultimately she gave in.  We just stood our ground with her this time. In the past, I felt guilty for not having ‘junk food’ in my house for her. I would always take her to the store and let her pick out whatever she wanted to eat. And, of course, she would always choose the frozen pizzas and ice cream and candy. This time, we didn’t buy her any junk food, and ultimately, she ate what we ate.

I hear parents all the time saying “my kids are picky eaters, little Suzie won’t eat (fill in the blank), and then you see the kid eating a cheeseburger and fries from McD’s.  Stop feeding them snacks. Stop feeding them Goldfish crackers an hour before dinner. If you feed them snacks, they won’t be hungry. They won’t eat the peas and carrots on their plate. Why would they, they are already full. They ate Doritos for dinner. Why would they eat peas and carrots for dessert?

But what do I know. I’m not a parent. One day yes, but not right now. Some things just seems like logic. We tried something different with my niece and it worked. We’ll try it again next time she visits. If she visits. Maybe we scared her away! I hope not. I had a great time hanging out with her this weekend.

Homemade Kiwi Banana Fruit rollups

14 Apr

You can buy premade fruit rollups for your kids, and this is what you will feed them….

General Mills Fruit Rollups:
pears from concentrate
corn syrup
dried corn syrup (this sounds yummy doesn’t it)
partially hydrogenated cottonseed oil
acetylated monoglycerides (what is this??)
natural flavor ( interesting the ‘natural’ flavor is at the bottom of the list)
food colorings: blue 1, red 40 and yellows 5 and 6
Wow, doesn’t that taste fresh and wholesome????
Ok, now for the ingredients in  Homemade fruit rollups:  Bananas and kiwis….
Yep. That’s it. No special equipment needed. This can be made in the oven, I use my dehydrator.
Roughly chop the bananas and kiwis, throw into a food process until pureed.
Pour mixture onto a Teflex sheet and put into dehydrator at 105 degrees for 6-8 hours until it peels easily from the sheet. Some dehydrators take a little longer and it also depends on how thick you make the mixture. Be careful not to make it crispy.
This is what it will look like before putting the tray in the dehydrator.
Oven directions:
Line cookie sheet in parchment paper (not wax paper, this will melt, trust me)
Set the oven to its lowest setting (every oven is different, 140-170 degrees)
It will take approximately 5-6 hours to dehydrate.
Use scissors to cut the roll ups in strips.
I haven’t personally used the oven method. I had to googled the instructions on the internet.

Coconut Cream Pie Larabars

12 Apr

I love to make different flavor Larabars. If you love coconut, you’ll love this one.


food processor required

1 cup almonds

1 cup coconut flakes

12 medjool dates

1 tsp Coconut oil

Process almonds in food process and finely chopped. Add coconut flakes, pulse again. Add dates and process for another 1-2 minutes. Add coconut oil.

Mixture should still be crumbly. Knead the mixtures together. Grease the inside of a 7×5 glass bowl (use coconut oil) and firmly press mixture evenly into bowl. Refridgerate for 2-3 hours. Cut into pieces and serve.

Crazy Clam Salad

9 Apr

Did you know one serving of clams ( 3 oz ) has 1400% RDA of Vitamin B12? That’s 14 days worth of B12. Two weeks. One-half month. Thats a lot of B12!

Totally awesome.

This is a quick recipe to make if you’re in a rush. No fuss, no mess.


1 can Bumble Bee Baby Clams, drained

1 tsp or Tbs of Crazy Chicken Sauce ***

1 celery stalk, thinly diced

1 tbs mayo

Salt, onion powder to taste

Mix ingredients together in a bowl and serve with crackers.

My husband’s always asking me to give him the ‘crazy chicken sauce’. I assumed this was the name of the sauce until I went to a chinese restaurant and ordered ‘crazy chicken sauce’.  I received a ‘crazy’ look, but eventually I was given the bottle shown above and we cheerfully ate our dinner:)

Just curious if anyone else calls it Crazy Chicken Sauce?