May 14, 2010

lemon kale chips. & life.

so lately a lot has been going on. all happily revolving around my sweet husband.
lots of exciting things. including graduating from school forever & ever!!!!!

i love being excited with him about these things. it makes my heart so very glad :) the lord has been awesomely good :)

in the midst of all these things i've been reading Emma like theres no tomorrow so as to be done in time to start the book i have picked out for our cruise: redeeming love by francine rivers. i was told some time ago that a coleman woman isn't quite complete until she begins to read francine rivers. aaand about 8 people have told me i must read it. so i am. i borrowed it from a friend & am soooo excited :) books & boats & frozen yogurt & sushi & most wonderfully - spending lots of time with daniel!

with all of the study time i've had lately to work with - i've been able to research lots for our month of raw foods - perfect timing after our pre-determined week of gorging ourselves with delights :)

so i found this website:

Elena's Pantry

& at first i was like 'okay, this will be the website i use for EVERYTHING. it all just looked so good. but i started researching a lot of the ingredients she uses (aka almond flour, agave nectar, coconut flour, etc…) aaaand almond flour is about $25 per POUND. i'm sure you can get it cheaper in bulk, but, umm….that is not happening right now. we are delightfully not-rich people. so i thought i had a plan. trader joes supposedly had almond meal which i found out was almond flour - just a bit courser & it can be substituted in place of regular flour for up to half of the called for amount - and for only $2.25 a pound. WAY better, but when i went to TJ's & asked where it was, they told me it was a discontinued product :( soooo if anyone happens to see it, let me know. Basically, i decided that Elena is awesome for things like lemon kale chips (below) but we just can't afford to cook with all of the stuff she's using right now. Soooo…i kept on looking. & i will post about my other findings soon. this is already getting too long.

Elena's Pantry DOES have some yummy recipes though. i have so far only made her kale chips. SO yum. i meant to save them as a before dinner snack when daniel got home, aaaand i ended up munching on about, half of them before he even got there.

Lemon Kale Chips

you need:
1 bunch of kale
2 tablespoons of olive oil
1 1/2 tablespoons of lemon juice
¼ teaspoon of sea salt

no. 1 Preheat oven to 350°Chop kale into ½ inch pieces
no. 2 Place kale in a large bowlWith hands massage oil, lemon juice and salt into kale
no. 3 Place on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper (if you don't want a big mess - it didn't seem like the chips would stick to the bottom of the pan if you didn't but don't blame me…)
no. 4 Bake at 350° for 12 minutes (perfection) your kale should be dark green and crispy. when in doubt - try one :)
 no. 5 eat eat eat. fyi - these aren't super filling. they're just fun. & make for good mid-afternoon snacks!

I will post again before we leave. Hope you all have a beautiful weekend!


  1. Looks yummy! Redeeming Love is by far my favorite book ever, save for the bible. I recommend it to everyone, even my husband read it. Its the best.

  2. where is your cruise going to!? i wish michael and i could make it to daniels graduation! give him a congrats hug from us.

  3. Hey girly, how awesome for Daniel to be done with school!!!

    I totally sympathize with the budget issue :( I haven't done this, but-just so you know-I'm pretty sure you can make your own almond flour by buying blanched almonds in bulk and grinding them yourself. I hear it's a major pain to do with normal food processors or blenders, but the wondermill junior (a manual grain mill) grinds nuts and seeds in addition to grains. If almond flour baking is something you really want to do, you might want to invest in one.

  4. I stumbled upon your blog from somewhere, and wanted to tell you Trader Joe's DOES carry the almond meal. It's right by all the nuts. The only thing to note about it is that it's unblanched almonds, so they have their skins on them. Personally, I think that tastes better than blanched, but blanched (which are so much more expensive) taste more properly like a flour substitute.

    You can also make your own, if you can buy raw almonds, pulse them in a food processor until it's the texture of cornmeal (not too long or it'll turn into almond butter!). There are websites detailing all this as well.