Monday, January 16, 2012

Green (Bay) Chips and our Weekly Meal Plan

It was a big football weekend for R and G, who adopted the Patriots and Green Bay as their respective teams.

For R, it just happened that a couple years ago, he was watching football, liked what he saw, and sort of declared "I like the Patriots!"

For G, it was even easier: his favorite color has always been green and his name starts with a G. He saw the green helmets with a "G" on them, and became an instant Packers fan.

My boys are nothing if not scientific in their NFL allegiances.

Who can blame them? Since Mom and Dad cheer for the Browns and the Redskins, if they wanted to avoid the misery of losing lots of close games, they had to look elsewhere.

R's team was victorious, and while Green Bay won't be repeating as Super Bowl Champs, I told G that I had some "Green Bay" chips that I wanted him to try. It ended up being R who was a bigger fan of my green chips, but I think G appreciated their color, if not their taste.

Green (Bay) Chips

2-3 cups kale pieces, pulled off the stems
2 teaspoons canola oil
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon ground pepper

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

In a large bowl, pull the kale leaves into smaller bite-size pieces.

Drizzle with oil and sprinkle with salt and pepper. Toss well.

Place on a cookie sheet.

Bake for 8 minutes, then use a spatula to gently move the leaves around a bit, to ensure even baking.

Bake an additional 2-5 minutes, depending on the size of the leaves. You want them to be crisp, but not browned, as this adds bitterness.

Makes about 2-3 cups kale, er, Green (Bay) Chips.

It's a busy week in the Sweet Pea home, so we're doing a couple dives into our freezer to use some leftovers on busy nights. But here's what I am making too:

Black Bean Soup, Slow Cooker with Corn Bread
Taqueria Asada Tacos, Frijoles Refritos, Mango
Veggie Burgers, Sweet Potato Fries, Fruit
Hummus, I’ll-Never-Buy-Grocery-Store-Hummus-Again, Pita, Spinach Fatayer

Last but not least, I have a wonderful cookbook giveaway to announce tomorrow. Here's a hint: if you like your slow cooker, you will want to check it out!!

Have a sweet week,

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