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My Favorite Kale Salad

Happy Thursday!!

I told y’all things were turning green around here 😉 Isn’t that kale green beautiful? I typically cook those leaves down after cooking a big batch of bacon. BUT when it starts getting a tiny bit warm, I like serving them massaged and tossed with some lemon. It is so easy!

Easy Kale Salad

What you need:

  • 1 big bunch of kale
  • 2 lemons or use concentrate (measure out the equivalent!)
  • ~3 to 4 tablespoons of high quality olive oil
  • Salt/Pepper

What you do:

  1. Strip the kale from the stem. You can save the stems for your next batch of broth or feed to your animals 🙂
  2. Wash the kale really well! Dirt will hide all in those curls.
  3. Either chop the leaves up with a knife OR tear the leaves into bite-size pieces. Toss in a large bowl.
  4. Add your lemon, olive oil, and salt/pepper. Now MASSAGE it into the kale. That is right… massage it in.

Serve it with your eggs in the morning… with grilled chicken and roasted potatoes for lunch (apple on the side is a nice touch)… or solo as a side salad. Or however you want! It is really tasty. I have been making a big bowl at the beginning of the week and just using it throughout the week. A nice way to get some greens in. The lemon just makes it all better… it actually helps it start to break down, making it easier to digest.

Do you do kale? What is your favorite way?

Baking with Tripp: Valentine’s Day Prep

Yes. It happened! Tripp LOVES to help in the kitchen, so as long as I give him a job, he stays pretty involved and happy. Sometimes it plays out great and sometimes… not. But it’s always worth the extra effort to let him hop in. Isn’t that the constant struggle in raising a tiny human… remembering to SLOW down and just let them hop in to learn?!?

That little proud smirk in the top right says it all. He was so excited to help make these hearts for some of his special people. He thinks the mixer is almost as cool as the blender… but that oven, yall, he wants to know why it has to BE SO SLOW. Hahah… another step that he really liked, pressing the cutter into the dough. And his ULTIMATE favorite step, testing the dough (top left… caught in action). Ha 😉

I used the “Cut Out Cookie” recipe that is in the book, Against All Grain (here it is on Amazon). A similar recipe is on her blog, here. This recipe calls for almond flour, but if you need a nut-free version, she has that on her blog (right here!) too.

We decorated ours with sun butter and freeze-dried fruit (Tripp’s blueberry-sun butter cookie above!) and then I decorated one with a little strawberry jam (so I could eat it for breakfast, basically!). Last year, I crushed up freeze-dried raspberries and sprinkled on top for a pop of color (serve as sprinkles).

We are leaving the hearts for others plain, so they can decorate/flavor it up however they want. But honestly, I love to eat them plain! I crafted up (if you know me, you might laugh at the thought of that line) a little parchment paper bag. Tripp loves his lacing toys, so we punched holes and he laced some baker’s string through the holes. Crayons aren’t the best on parchment, but we made it work. Each little bag had to have a blue tractor and a red heart 🙂

I hope you all have a great Tuesday.

Are you going to bake something tonight or tomorrow? Or do you like crafting little happies? Y’all don’t go crazy with the parchment paper bags… haha I know those are going to take off in craft land!!