47: Baked Kale Chips, or, “Holy crap I just ate 2 bunches of kale and LIKED it!”


Ahh, Kale. It’s such a love-hate relationship. I’ve always been romanced into making a kale salad by virtue of it’s sheer beefy-ness when it came to how healthy and fiber-rich it is…only to be disappointed halfway through because it’s just too bitter for me.

Then this recipe came along. It magically transforms shreds of kale into thin, crispy, and tasty pieces of healthy goodness. The flavor is similar to roasted pumpkin seeds. Don’t be surprised if you end up mowing through a whole bunch. I know we destroyed 2 whole bunches in less than 10 minutes.

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Recipe 44: Pepperoni Calzones


A different take on pizza. Same ingredients, but this time wrapped in an aromatic and chewy envelope. Calzones are a pretty close precursor to the infamous Hot Pocket, but lack the power to make you want to save them for a hangover craving.

A basic pizza dough recipe follows, which can also be used to make focaccia if you feel like something different. :)

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Recipe 35: 5-Minute Hummus


Garnish with paprika, parsley, and a bit of olive oil...

Hummus is really easy. So easy that I now refuse to buy the preservative-laden store variety. It’s a basic “pile everything into a blender and BOOM, you’re done” type of recipe. We’re having a party tonight, so I figured it would make the perfect dip, and the ingredients are a cinch to keep on hand.

This is a double recipe ¬†especially for those times when you’re entertaining. It makes about a quart (4 cups) of deliciousness. If you want less, just half it to scale back to only 1 can of garbanzo beans.

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