The Sweetest Crumb

Not Enough Time and a Kale Addiction

Does anyone else have this problem where they feel like they want to accomplish so many things and there’s just not enough time? That’s what I’ve been feeling lately… Like there are a million ways I want to spend my time, but there’s just not enough of it.

I want to eat healthier, to exercise more, to spend more time with those I love, to bake more and blog more, to spend a year in pastry school in France, to become more involved in the Green community in Edmonton and to be an advocate for the environment, to pick up more garbage (I’m not kidding, I love the Capital City Clean Up), to learn more and give more and just to sit and relax and do absolutely nothing sometimes. Basically, you name it and I probably want to do it ;)

I feel like to accomplish all that I need one of those magic time stopper things which Hermione from Harry Potter had (while I’m at it, I’ll also take her magic powers, please!). And what I find is that with so many things on my mind, and with so little spare time, I just get overwhelmed. In the end, that makes me way less efficient and no closer to getting anything accomplished. So my advice to anyone in the same, unpleasant boat, is not to try and conquer everything at once, but instead to just focus on doing one more thing that you are currently doing. I first heard that advice in the Clean Bin Project movie (which I loved!) and it really stuck with me. I’m going to try to incorporate just one more yoga class into my week, and one more bowl of organic greens into my meals and maybe pick up just a few pieces of trash on my way in to work. Hopefully, if I’m not trying to conquer all my goals at once, they will be more manageable!

So in the spirit of doing one more thing for your health, here is an amazing recipe for kale chips!

Ok, it’s not really a recipe since its super easy. They are seasoned with just olive oil, sea salt, fresh ground pepper and lemon juice. You can add these to taste as well as any other seasonings or spices you like. The chips are so addictive and healthy that you just have to try them – trust me. They are light and crunchy and way better than I could have possibly expected. I made a batch on Sunday for the first time and then ended up making 3 batches within 24 hours. Basically the only reason I’m not currently eating some is that Safeway ran out of kale (possibly because of me).

The key to having crunchy, perfect chips:

  1. Don’t drench your kale leaves in liquid. After you wash your kale, let it dry thoroughly before dressing. Then, put very little olive oil or other liquid seasoning on the leaves. You want the leaves to just be lightly covered in the oil. If you put too much, they will get soggy rather than crunchy when you bake them.
  2. When baking, the leaves turn very quickly from crunchy and perfect to burnt. Watch them closely in the last few minutes of baking to make sure you take them out at just the right time.

Let me know if you guys love these as much as I do – I’m addicted and totally see what all the hype was about. (They were also a hit with my family and I couldn’t make a batch last more than a few hours.)

Oh and I’ve had a few requests lately for recipes which aren’t all sweets and butter so I will try posting more of those in the future. I guess it makes sense to balance things out since I sadly can’t sustain myself on cookies and cupcakes alone. So stay tuned….

Kale Chips

By Genia Rodnyansky Published: February 20, 2013

    Does anyone else have this problem where they feel like they want to accomplish so many things and there's just not enough time? …

    Ingredients

    • 1 large bunch kale
    • 1 tbsp olive oil
    • sea salt to taste
    • fresh ground pepper to taste
    • lemon juice to taste

    Instructions

    1. Wash and thoroughly dry your kale leaves. Remove the thick stems and cut leaves into bite size pieces.
    2. Preheat your oven to 350F. Lay out your leaves on a baking sheet lined with parchment. Leave a bit of space between the leaves so they crisp up nicely. Drizzle with the olive oil, sea salt, fresh ground pepper and a big squeeze of lemon juice. Distribute the seasonings evenly - I find its easiest to just use my hands.
    3. Bake at 350F for 10-15 minutes until the chips are crispy and the edges are just starting to turn brown.

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