Kale Chips with Homemade Seasoned Salt

I’ve heard about kale chips from a number of people.  They talked about how good they are.  How easy to make.  How you just want to keep eating them.

I was skeptical.  Very skeptical.

In fact, I bought kale once and let it go bad in the fridge before I tried making them.  Finally, I decided I would give it a go.

They are good.  I don’t have the urge to keep eating them.  But my youngest son did.  He loved them.  This is my pickiest kid.  The list of things he won’t eat is pretty long.  But he loved kale chips.  He keeps asking me to make them again.

Wow!  I didn’t expect that.  When a kid asks for veggies, that’s a good (and rare) thing.

I used my homemade seasoned salt to flavor them.  You can use salt and pepper or any other seasoning you like.  Here’s what you’ll need:

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Olive Oil and Italian Herb Roasted Chicken with Carapelli Olive Oil

This is a Sponsored post written by me on behalf of Carapelli for SocialSpark. All opinions are 100% mine.

Did you know that fine olive oil can be tasted, like a wine or bourbon tasting?  Neither did I!

Recently, Carapelli Olive Oil asked me to do a tasting of their premium extra virgin olive oil.  I have to admit, the process was different but the taste was divine.

It’s best to use a blue glass when tasting olive oil.  This disguises the color of the oil, which is not an indicator of quality.  I didn’t know that either!  I always thought that the better quality oils had a darker color.   A myth of olive oil exposed.  [Read more…]


Chicken Shwarma in the Slow Cooker

I ran across a recipe for Chicken Shwarma on the blog, Jersey Girl Cooks.  Lisa roasted her chicken in the oven and it looks fabulous.  But being the lazy cook that I am, I decided this would work in the slow cooker.

Hot dog!  I was right!  My family loved this meal and I know I’ll be making it again.

I only made minor alterations to Lisa’s recipe.  I changed the cooking method and more than doubled the recipe so it would feed my family.  I never could find tahini, so I served it with cucumber-yogurt sauce instead.  If I ever find tahini paste (Walmart, are you listening?) I’m going to try Lisa’s sauce.

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Italian Parmesan Herb Chicken and Potatoes in the Slow Cooker

I put this together before church one Sunday morning.  It smelled (and tasted!) fantastic when we got home.  If you have garden fresh tomatoes, they make a wonderful side dish.  A simple tossed salad would be good too.

I don’t have an ingredient picture this time.  I think I was too busy getting ready for church, cooking as fast as I could.  I forgot to snap the photo.

I did use frozen chicken tenders and skipped thawing them.  They cooked just fine.  You can also save time by estimating the herb measurements instead of measuring.

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Summertime Tuna Tomato Salad

This is not your typical tuna salad.  There’s no mayo.

Instead, the tuna is served over avocado slices and topped with tomatoes, cilantro and a simple vinaigrette dressing.  The flavors are out of this world.  For complete happiness, serve it with good, crusty bread.

Oh yeah, you don’t need to turn the oven on for this dinner either.

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Cucumber and Tomato Salad

It’s cucumber season!

I can’t actually tell that from looking at our garden. We don’t have any cukes yet, but I have noticed that people have been searching “Cucumbers and Onions” a lot lately.

In case you are blessed with many cukes, here’s another delicious way to eat them.  [Read more…]

Ravioli with Tomato and Onion Sauce – 5 Ingredients!

Dinner doesn’t get simpler than this.

If you’re blessed with tomatoes growing in your backyard, you could start the water, pick a couple tomatoes and have the sauce finished by the time the ravioli is done.

I didn’t have fresh tomatoes for this, so I used canned.  The sweetness of the onions goes well with tomatoes.  Cheese ravioli is a perfect base for the sauce.

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Chipotle Lime Chicken Scampi

A sprinkling of fresh, chopped parsley would have done wonders for that photo.  Smart food photographers probably keep parsley in their fridge at all times.

Food photography faults aside, this dish was wonderful!  I based it off of a recipe for Chipotle Shrimp Scampi, from my friend Joyce’s new recipe blog. (Her photo is better than mine.)   One of my kids doesn’t like shrimp, so I decided to use the grilled chicken I had sliced and frozen.  Since I was using meat that was already cooked, I didn’t need to use the chipotle rub that the original recipe called for.  I used the sauce from chipotle peppers in adobo sauce that I had stored in the freezer.

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Roasted Sweet and White Potatoes

Roasted potatoes (or nearly any kind of veggie) is a favorite side dish around here.  The other night, I decided to toss two sweet potatoes into the mix.  We ate this with Garlic Lime Tilapia.  There’s something about eating sweet potatoes with fish that makes me feel really healthy.  If that’s an illusion, please let me live in my happy ignorance. [Read more…]

Sweet Potato Fries

sweet potato fries done

I have wanted to make these for a long time.  I’m not sure what I was waiting for.  They are delicious!

We ate them alongside grilled hamburgers with plenty of bbq sauce dripping off the burgers.  Yum!

Here’s what you’ll need:

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