Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food. ~Hippocrates

Among my errands on this oppressive day was my weekly stop at Stone Gardens Farms in Shelton, to pick up my weekly share of fresh farm produce, which I share with a friend. It seems every week’s crop includes kale. She doesn’t like it, so I get a double portion. Truth be told, I don’t like it steamed either. It has to be “hidden” in a soup for me to get it down. I know how nutritious it is however, so I was determined to find a way to ingest the stuff.

Owing to the wonder of the internet, recipes abounded. The one that appealed to me was kale chips. I made a batch. Mmmm, delicious! Two more batches immediately followed, since I ate the whole first tray myself. So, here is the recipe. Try it. It really is good!

Wash and dry the leaves thoroughly. Remove the center stems. Tear leaves into large chip size pieces (they shrink a little). Toss in a large bowl with olive oil, grated parmesan cheese and a little salt, unless you must limit sodium. You can add garlic powder too if desired. Coat well, spread in a single layer on a baking sheet. Cook for roughly 10 minutes on 400 degrees, but watch it so it doesn’t totally dry up to ash! Yum. Enjoy.

Comments on: "Trying New Vegetables and Ways to Prepare Them" (4)

  1. Lisa S said:

    Hi there! I tried kale chips last year when I was in a similar situation with my CSA. It was not a successful attempt. This year I prepared kale the same way I do spinach, steamed and sprinkled with red wine vinegar and some red pepper flakes. For a meal, I mix the prepared greens into cooked polenta, love it! Thankfully, we are at the stage in the CSA where we can choose want we want in our basket, so I won’t choose kale anymore.

  2. Which CSA are you using? We have no choice, which was for me, part of the adventure. But so far, kale (lots of it) has been in every week’s delivery!

    • Lisa S said:

      We belong to Sherwood Farm on Sport Hill Road in Easton. This year we split our share with a friend and we are alternating weekly pick-ups. I like to choose because it helps me plan my meals, but the first month or so they give you whatever is ready. It has helped me try new things, for instance, kholrabi. Have you tried it? It’s in the broccoli family and comes in white, red or pink. Never had it until last year!

      • Yes, my first too, and I like it. I am getting way too much summer squash too. This week we were warned there will be a lot in our delivery. There are only so many things I can do to it to get my family to eat it. I’m sure if I turn it into cake, it will be eaten, but that defeats the purpose doesn’t it!

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