Kale Chips

13 Feb

Ok I know you are not so sure about the idea of kale chips but I made a batch tonight and they were surprisingly delightful!  three ingredients, chopped kale with stems removed, olive oil, and sea salt.  Just mix a bunch of kale with 2 tbs olive oil on a cookie sheet and bake for 12 minutes on 350.  Salt to taste.  They are soooo good!  Nice and crispy.



12 Feb

ImageSpencer mentioned these in a comment and figured I’d share!
All you need is some lettuce, bacon, tomatoes and avocado.
Sprinkle some salt and pepper, wrap it up and you got yourself a BLT!
These are great for breakfast, lunch, or dinner, or a quick snack.

A word from the Sensei of Gluten-Free

12 Feb


sooo…….mandy and I were talking to dad last night and he was going on and on about this post he made on our blog. Some sort of salad post, and rave about how salads are so great. We explained to him that it was nowhere to be found on the blog. He didn’t buy it……….As we walked him through the process we found that he had created his own blog and posted to that one instead! lol………poor Sensei…..Needless to say he never accepted the invite to join the blog and was blogging on some random baghouseman blog nobody was looking at. If you would like to see for yourself you can locate his post at this link: 



At any rate. Dad needs to be reinvited to the blog and here is his post: 

We need to be eating lots of salads…double salads with all fresh veggies.  Add some Craisons without sugar and tangerines.  Also Walnuts.  We should be eating lots of walnuts every day for the amino acids in them.  Dressing is a must.  2 cups of olive oil, 1 cup cider vinegar, one whole avocado, one squeezed lemon, pepper, salt, I heaping tablespoon of the garlic you get in the jar from Costco but first put it in a small fry pan and brown it…then throw it all in a blender.  Oh..I forgot the black olives…say 10 or 20 or whatever you like.   If you want to make it interesting throw in a pealed orange…BAM!  Make it like you like it but make it and eat it and live to be 120 and not need diapers…Dadio!

Link 12 Feb


mark  and I couldn’t stop laughing at the reviews for this banana slicer. Check it out 

Turkey Lettuce Wrap Tacos with Chiles, Cumin, Cilantro, Lime and Tomato-Avocado Salsa

12 Feb

image these look yummy!

Start by sauteeing the garlic and green chiles in olive oil for about a minute, then adding ground cumin and a pinch of ground chipotle (or use cayenne pepper) and sauteeing for a minute more.

Then add ground turkey and a tiny bit of salt and saute until the turkey is well-browned. This took about 5 minutes with my pan.

Add 1/2 cup thinly sliced green onions and cook the turkey a couple of minutes more.

While the turkey cooks, chop a bunch of cilantro. After the onions cook with the turkey, turn off the heat and stir in a generous amount of chopped cilantro and 2 T fresh lime juice. I was shocked to realize I forgot to take a photo of the turkey with the cilantro stirred in, so I guess I need to make this again.

I ate my tacos with this simple salsa with avocado, diced cherry tomatoes, lime juice, and a bit of olive oil. This photo isn’t the best, but the salsa was really good on the tacos!

Turkey Lettuce Wrap Tacos with Chiles, Cumin, Cilantro, Lime and Tomato-Avocado Salsa
(Makes about 8 tacos, recipe adapted from Molly Watson’s Turkey Tacos, discovered via Twitter from Marisa.)

Ingredients for Tacos:
1 T olive oil
1 tsp. minced garlic (I used minced garlic from a jar, but fresh garlic would be even better)
1-2 T diced green chiles (I used about half of a 4 oz. jar of diced green chiles, recipe called for fresh chiles which would be a bit hotter)
1 tsp. ground cumin
1/4 tsp. ground chipotle chile powder (recipe called for cayenne)
1 1/2 lbs. ground turkey
1/2 tsp. salt
1/2 cup thinly sliced green onions
1 large bunch cilantro, finely chopped (about 1 1/4 cups chopped cilantro. I used 1 cup in tacos and 1/4 cup in salsa. Use more or less cilantro to taste.)
2 T fresh lime juice
2 large heads romaine lettuce (or use iceberg, Boston lettuce, or butter lettuce)


Caramelized Coconut Chips

11 Feb

Caramelized Coconut Chips

These were pretty tasty! From the book Well Fed, and the link to her website, The Clothes Make the Girl. In her cookbook, she uses 1/4 t. cinnamon. The kids really liked them, and so did I. I think they would be really amazing in trail mixes, recipes, or used as a garnish. Mmmm…

Who inspires you? response.

11 Feb

Thinking about this, I took the time last week to look through pinterest and cook books that I have to just see if there was anything worth while we could eat. Many recipes I found for sides, soups and meats were gluten, dairy and soy free! You just have to take the time to look and think of things to add, substitute and/or eliminate. I was happy that for some recipes you don’t have to do any of that which makes this whole thing a little less daunting. SO I would suggest looking through cook books you already have and “normal” recipes online and you will be surprised what you find!