Baked Kale Chips

Wondering what to do with all of that end-of-season kale?  Well, here is an easy fun recipe that even my picky 12 year old likes.

Ingredients

  • 1 bunch kale
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil (optional – if you have a seasoned baking stone, you don’t need it)
  • sea salt
  • pepper

Directions

  1. Preheat an oven to 250 degrees F.  If you are not using a seasoned baking stone, you might want to use some parchment paper on your pan.
  2. Wash and dry kale and cut into potato chip sized pieces.
  3. Toss with olive oil if needed.
  4. Place on the baking pan in a single layer, adding ground sea salt and pepper to taste.
  5. Bake until they dry out and become chip-like.

Low cal, salty, and tastes like eating something naughty!

Vegan Butternut Squash Risotto

This is rather labor intensive for such a mellow dish, but it’s fabulous fall comfort food!  I adapted the recipe from a variety found online after being inspired by a twitter post (must remember whose) to try it again.

Vegan Butternut Squash Risotto

~1 butternut squash
~2 T olive oil
~ sea salt (1/4t for squash and 1/2t for risotto)
~ fresh ground pepper
~ 1 onion, diced
~ 4 cloves garlic, minced
~ 16 oz Arborio rice
~ 8 cups vegetable stock (I made with veg. bullion)
~ 1 T lemon juice
~ 1/4 cup white wine

Heat oven to 400*F. Cut squash in half (lengthwise).  Place inside down on baking sheet.  Bake until fork tender, probably around 40 minutes.  Allow to cool.  Turn over and scoop out seeds and then scoop squash into a bowl.  Add 1 cup vegetable broth and mash (leave it somewhat chunky).

Bring vegetable stock back to simmer. Heat large frying pan and add 2 T  olive oil, onions, and garlic.  Stir until garlic and onions are soft and translucent.  Add rice and stir to coat with oil.  Add 2 ladles of broth (enough to cover rice) and stir continually while cooking until the pan looks almost dry.  Repeat several times until rice is cooked (it should take most of the stock and around 30 minutes).  Add wine and stir to absorb.

Combine risotto, squash puree, lemon juice, pepper and salt and stir to mix evenly.

Delicious!

Easy Vegan Sesame Noodles

Super Easy Vegan Sesame Noodles

Photo by D. Sharon Pruitt

1 lb thin spaghetti noodles (cooked al dente and rinsed in cold water, drained)

1/4 cup toasted sesame oil
1/4 cup soy sauce
3 tablespoons chili oil
3 tablespoons black or balsamic vinegar
3 tablespoons of brown sugar (can use raw, but it will be harder to mix in)
1/4 cup roasted sesame seeds

Wisk liquids and sugar together until sugar melted. Toss with noodles. Add sesame seeds. Chill.