What did we do before the magnificent world wide web? I, for one, had a much less interesting career. But inquiring for the masses, what did we do without access to such vast insights on any topic of our choosing? Take Kale for instance. It would have taken much longer for me to discover that kale does not belong to the leafy lettuce family but rather, it is a cabbage (of the species Brassica Oleracea which also makes them cruciferous cousins of cauliflower, broccoli and brussels sprouts). And while I would have surely come to try a few recipes, it would have taken much longer to reach the good ones that my social network so proudly boasts. Thanks to them I have enjoyed this cabbage kidling sauteed with sesame oil and garlic, as a salad base with golden beets. and juiced with apple, carrot and ginger. The blogosphere has taken traditional kale recipes and tweaked them to perfection. Their friends rated them and their friend’s friends concurred. If it wasn’t for this network of digital foodies I wouldn’t be here bringing you my favorite dark, leafy creation of them all, Baked Kale Chips.
Now I can’t deliver the goods until I tell you that from a nutritional standpoint, kale is a no-brainer. We’re talking antioxidants, cancer preventing phytonutrients (particularly tough on breast and ovarian cancer) and its vitamin A count is through the roof. I did some experimenting with kale recipes last week and, as a result, enjoyed a meal of of sauteed kale, mashed potatoes with kale and a bunch of the stuff sauteed. The next day in the office, someone commented that I looked well-rested and a friend kindly announced that I appeared to be glowing. I’ve since learned that kale is also loaded with vitamin C which does many things beyond keeping the common cold at bay. It also helps to keep skin healthy and slows signs of aging. So on my good skin day, I blame the kale.
On to the chips! Please try these, I promise you won’t be sorry. They’ve quickly become my new favorite Netflix night snack and the recipe couldn’t be snappier.
So give ’em a whirl and let me know what you think.