10/10/17

Recipe: How To Make Kale Chips


Is the kale craze still going strong? I think so. I do like kale in salads and soups, but I think my favorite kale preparation is chips!

You can buy kale chips, but they are cheaper and better to make at home because you can control the amount of salt and the types of flavors/spices you may want to use.

Last week I strolled through Whole Foods and saw that purple (aka red) kale was on sale for $1! I picked up a bunch and brought it home, where it sat in the refrigerator for a week. Finally, yesterday, I turned that bunch of kale into kale chips.

How to make kale chips

1. Preheat the oven to 300F.
2. Remove and discard the thick stems from the kale leaves.
3. Tear the leaves into large pieces and wash them well.
4. Make sure to dry the leaves very well using a salad spinner, a kitchen towel, or paper towels.
5. In a large bowl drizzle kale leaves with olive oil and season with salt. You want enough oil to lightly coat the leaves, but not to soak them. Start with a small amount of oil and then increase as needed.
6. Put the kale leaves onto a cookie sheet in a single layer and roast for 20 to 25 minutes tossing the leaves every 5 minutes.
7. Once the kale leaves are crispy and have turned into chips, take them out of the oven and sprinkle with additional spices: I used sumac.
8. Allow the chips to cool down slightly and consume immediately

This is before photo. The one above is the after.


10/3/17

How To Cook Salmon: Quick & Easy Salmon In 5 Minutes


Are you interested in eating more seafood and increasing the amount of good fats in your diet? Are you intimidated by cooking salmon? Well, I am here to solve all of these issues for you.

I've been splurging on Whole Foods Atlantic salmon filets for weeks. They are $4.99 per portion and make for a quick and healthy lunch or dinner.

I like my salmon cooked all the way through (unless it's inside a sushi roll, in which case, make it completely rare!). I've found the quickest and easiest way to prepare a salmon filet is as follows:

1) heat a skillet with a bit of olive oil in it
2) put the salmon filet skin side down and season the fish with salt and pepper
3) after 1-2 minutes of searing the skin, add a few splashes of white wine, water, or chicken broth to the skillet (be careful not to splash yourself), and simmer the fish with the lid on for 3-5 minutes depending no how thick the filet is and how cooked through you want your final product to be
4) serve salmon, after removing the skin, on a bed of arugula dressed with olive oil, lemon juice, salt & pepper, and cut up vegetables of your choice (avocado, tomatoes, radishes, cucumbers, etc).

How do YOU like to cook salmon?