Yesterday, the oldest and I watched On Demand the first episode of Worst Cooks in America.
Me: Do you think Daddy would nominate me as the Worst Cook in America?
Oldest (after a long moment in contemplation): Well, yeah…if you keep cooking KALE.
Should seen that one coming!
In an effort to “eat seasonally, eat locally”, I checked out LocalHarvest.org to find my local farmer’s market. Most farmer’s markets are only open Spring through Fall. But, online I happened upon the nearby Lilley’s Farm which was holding a Winter Market Day this past Saturday. So, we piled the kids in the car and took the short trip. It was early afternoon on a beautiful day and most people had already made their trip to the farm. By the time we arrived pretty much the only thing left for sale was…KALE! I’m sensing a theme in my life. The kids were most unhappy.
There were actually three types of kale, which were grown in the farm’s unheated greenhouse. One was the kind normally found at a supermarket. The second was an Italian variety. I can’t remember the name of the third type. The very friendly owner offered that the latter two types have a stronger flavor, so I bought two bunches (Healthy Point) of the first type for $7.00. There were also fresh eggs at $4/dozen but the husband had just purchased a bunch of eggs at Sam’s Club, so I decided to pass.
We didn’t see much of the farm itself, but right next to the produce shed were chickens! Boy, are they noisy and if you’ve never heard a baby try to sound like a chicken, you’re missing out. It’s hilarious. The kids all got a kick out of seeing them but I had nudge the oldest a couple of times — I don’t think it’s proper etiquette to talk about eating chickens in front of chickens!!
Lilley’s Farm has another Winter Market Day on April 7. Not sure if we’ll make that one but we plan to return in the summer and hopefully find yummies that the kids will enjoy (other than chicken!).
On the way home, we stopped at a playground for some fresh air and fun. (Healthy Point) It was a good, healthy day. (Another Healthy Point!)
After I published my last post, I actually clicked on the recipe link in the email from the Institute for Integrative Nutrition and laughed to discover it was a recipe for kale chips! The recipe title is Crispy “Cheesy” Kale Chips and you can find it here.
I was wondering how this could be “cheesy” since you’ll see the ingredients do not include cheese. But then I googled “nutritional yeast” since I know nothing about it and About.com (get it, get it? It was actually the second result – I rarely use wikipedia) tells me:
Yellow in color and with a nutty cheesy flavor, nutritional yeast is an inactive yeast that is a favorite amongst many vegans because of its unique flavor and similarity to cheese when added to foods.
Hmmm…I’ll have to investigate where I can get some nutritional yeast and how it tastes. I’ll update here if I try this recipe. Anyone wanna take bets on whether the kids will love it or hate it? Oooh! Maybe I’ll make a love it vs. hate it scoreboard!
A couple of weeks ago I read something about kale chips and how they’re good for you and easy to make. So, I thought I’d give it a shot. I found a recipe for Crispy Kale Chips on the Food Network and made them for dinner.
One thing I recommend is make sure the kale is very, very dry before you put them in the oven. Otherwise they don’t get crispy at all – sort of soggy as if they’ve just been steamed. The kids hated them although they forced them down. The husband thought they were pretty good as did I. I saved the leftovers and snacked on them the next day, which was good because I tend to have salty snack cravings during the day.
I made them again another day but waited too long after I bought the kale, so it was a little wilted. That, on top of the fact that I had less kale but still used the same amount of olive oil, it didn’t turn out so well. I still ate it and I’ll definitely make again. I have hopes that the kids might grow to like it. The husband and I also thought it would taste good crumbled on something, but we can’t figure out what. If anyone has any suggestions, please share!
Oh…and watch out cause it can get stuck in your teeth and you’ll end up giving someone a big toothy kale smile.