Kale … what is it and how do you use it?!

Kale is a very reasonably priced veggie with lots of “good for you” stuff!

Nutritional Facts: One cup has 2g Protein, 354% Vitamin A, 89% Vitamin C, 9% Calcium and 6% Iron!  And, it’s also considered an anti-inflammatory.

Martha Stewart says:

Kale Basics

In Season: Kale turns sweeter in cold weather, so it’s at its best from mid-fall through early spring.

What to Look For: Choose kale with firm, deep-green leaves, avoiding any that are wilted or have yellow spots.

How to Store: Keep kale in the coldest part of your refrigerator, loosely wrapped in a plastic bag. Though it seems like a sturdy vegetable, kale will quickly wilt and turn bitter.

Now, how do you use it?  What can you make with Kale?

Baked Kale Chips: http://allrecipes.com/Recipe/baked-kale-chips/detail.aspx

Lasagna with Sausage and Kale

Kale and Cheddar Fritatta: http://orangette.blogspot.com/2007/03/carrot-kale-carry-on.html

Ok – so we have three recipes … I will make them all and let you know what we thought of them!  Do you have any recipes that use kale and you LOVE?  Please share them!

Popchips! {CLOSED}

Today I got this letter from PopChips:

Friends don’t let friends eat fried.

Because we value your friendship, and because international friendship day happens to be July 30, we wanted to send you a free bag of never-fried (and never baked, for that matter) popchips.

However, they sent THREE coupons, not just ONE!  So, I want to share with you!

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— Tell me what flavor PopChips you like best?

— Follow @PopChips on twitter!

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The prize: ONE (1) coupon for a FREE bag of PopChips!

Good luck! :)

**This giveaway is hosted by me, and me alone.   US entries only, please!**

Mayo vs. Sour Cream {UPDATED}

I make this dish >>

Broccoli/Ham/Cheese Casserole:

1/2 cup Mayo

2 cups fresh Broccoli (chopped)

1 1/2 cups (6 oz) shredded sharp cheddar cheese

1 1/2 cups chopped ham

1 1/2 cups corkscrew noodles, cooked and drained

1/2 cup milk

Mix all except 1/2 cup cheese.  Spoon into 1 1/2 quart casserole dish.  Sprinkle with remaining cheese.  Bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes.

My family LOVES it!   (James, eats 2 helpings every time I make it.)

Now, my question is – could I substitute sour cream for the mayo?  Would it still be as creamy?  Or does sour cream lose its “creaminess” when it’s heated?


UPDATE:  A friend of mine told me to use Greek Yogurt rather than Mayo – so I did … at it does NOT alter the flavor of the dish AT ALL!!   (I bought the Plain Greek Yogurt made by Stonyfield.)  Anyway – if you try it, let me know how you like it!  Enjoy!

Getting Organized

I don’t usually PLAN for breakfast – I have fruit, cereal, eggs, yogurt, toast, and “breakfast-y” foods in the house all the time.  For lunch, it’s almost always sandwiches – peanut butter and jelly or lunch meat and cheese.  I do keep chicken nuggets and popcorn shrimp in the freezer just to switch things up a bit.  Now, for dinner, I have this great notepad (purchased at Michael’s Craft Store):

So we sit down as a family every Saturday, decide what we want for each day of the following week.  Then I list out what I need to make those meals and I do the shopping on Sunday (so that I can go ALONE!).

How do you plan your meals – or DO you plan them?