It's Not Easy Being Green
February 16, 2012
Did your mother ever tell you to eat your greens? Is she still telling you to?
Well, according to www.leafygreens.org, there are at least 10 great reasons to eat your greens. Though, they strangely leave out the ever important eleventh rule of always doing what your mother tells you to.
But in all seriousness folks, these emerald hued goodies are real health powerhouses. There are few vegetables that are as rich in vitamins and minerals as green vegetables. Not to mention that they are fat free, low in calories, and have no cholesterol. And it’s been proven that they help lower the risk of some cancers.
Kind of makes you want to get a big bowl of them right now, doesn’t it?
Now, I understand that most people are afraid to try new dishes, but my new personal favorite has turned out to be Kale. If you are feeling brave – Or even if you aren’t feeling brave – this is after all, a vegetable not a shark. I’d like to share with you my favorite recipe for baked Kale chips.
- First, pre-heat your oven to 350 degrees.
- Wash your kale thoroughly, pat it dry, and tear the leaves into medium size pieces. Be careful not to tear them too small because they really will shrink when you cook them.
- Next, place the kale on a baking sheet and spray lightly with cooking spray.
- Then season your kale to your tastes. The possibilities are endless but some great ones to try are garlic, seasoning salt, hot sauce, vinegar, lemon, ranch, or Italian seasoning. My personal favorite is garlic salt.
- Lastly, bake your kale for 10-12 minutes, and voilà you have fantasticly delicious kale chips. Now, of course, you can eat these like delicious treats like the wonderful crispy chips they are, or you could try crunching them up and sprinkling them over the top of your popcorn. Or perhaps mix them in with your next helping of mashed potatoes. Let your imagination wander!!
Feeling inspired? Why not take a look at these fine titles about making green vegetables part your daily diet?
- Eat Greens: Seasonal Recipes To Enjoy In Abundance by Barbara Scott-Goodman
- The Everything Green Smoothie’s Book by Britt Brandon
- Fast, Fresh, and Green by Susie Middleton
- Green Smoothie Revolution by Victoria Boutenko
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