The Right Way to Eat Kale (Recipe)

There is a right way to eat Kale, and a wrong way.

To clarify, this is the wrong way. Raw. Boring. Bitter.
Eating Kale

You can sometimes hide Kale in a smoothie, but you’ve got to be careful about how you do it. Less is more. For the record, I can barely tolerate Kale when eating it the wrong way. However, there is a right way to eat Kale, and when done properly, is fantastic!

Here is the right way to eat Kale. You make Kale Chips!Kale Chips

Ingredients:

  • Some Kale
  • 1/2 Tablespoon Grapeseed Oil
  • 1.5 Tablespoons Nutritional Yeast
  • 1 Teaspoon Garlic Powder
  • 1/2 Teaspoon Chili Powder
  • 1 Teaspoon Dried Red Onion
  • 1/2 Teaspoon Smoked Paprika
  • 1/4 Teaspoon Fine Grain Sea Salt
  • Pinch of Kelp (optional)

Mixing Kale

Directions:

  1. Preheat the Oven to 300 degrees
  2. Wash and Dry the Kale
  3. Tear the Kale into large pieces and place in bowl
  4. Place all the seasonings in a bowl, and mix
  5. Sprinkle the seasonings over the Kale and mix thoroughly
  6. Line a baking pan with parchment paper
  7. Spread out the Kale
  8. Bake for about 20-25 minutes

If you have any leftovers, simply store them in a lidded container. But you probably won’t have any left…

Eat and enjoy!

How to Make Homemade Chocolate (& Why You Should)

Taste TesterDon’t worry, this isn’t a lecture, I promise.

If you reach for chocolate for the energy boost, chocolate from the vending machine won’t quite cut it. You know you’ll get a short boost, followed by a sugar crash, but what else can you do?

You can make chocolate at home ahead of time (it will taste wonderful), and it will give you a much better energy boost! Also, to be clear, homemade chocolate is REALLY easy to make. Anyone can make it, since no cooking is required! It takes about 5 minutes to make this chocolate, and then just needs to chill in the fridge. I don’t think it gets any easier than that!

Oh how I wish I knew about Medium-Chain Triglycerides in the early days of fighting Gastroparesis, but I know NOW, and now I can tell you. MCTs are a great source of energy because they do not need to be digested in order to be absorbed, and utilized by your body. This means for those of you with digestive difficulties, MCTs are the best friend you will ever have. And where can you find MCTs you ask? In coconut oil! And you can easily hide coconut oil in CHOCOLATE. I told you this wasn’t a lecture. Chocolate is actually good for you, see?

There are several variations around the internet providing instructions on how to make homemade chocolate. This recipe is one we created after testing a lot of recipes. It’s the easiest one to make that (we think) provides the best results. And as far as taste-testing chocolate over and over… you’re welcome.

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup natural organic cacao powder (we use Navitas brand)
  • 1/2 cup coconut oil, melted
  • 1/4 cup pure raw honey
  • 1 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • pinch of sea salt
  • OPTIONAL: ¼ cup shredded coconut or nuts

Directions:

  1. Place all ingredients in a bowl and mix
  2. Place mixed chocolate in a container, cover, and refrigerate
  3. Enjoy your awesome chocolate (after it’s been in the fridge for a few hours)

It’s important to keep in mind, this chocolate will melt in your hands. Even though you can get fancy and use candy molds, that really creates pretty messy snacking. Coconut oil melts at 76 degrees, and your hands are warmer than that – just something to keep in mind. If you want to take it to work as a snack, a small plastic container with a lid (and a fork) may be your best bet.

By the way, did you notice? This recipe is Dairy-Free and Allergy-Friendly! 

Happy snacking!

The Secret to Making Cabbage (Recipe)

If you’ve struggled with how to cook cabbage, that’s because you haven’t found the right recipe yet!Dave Cooking

This recipe for Braised Red Cabbage with Bacon has become a staple in our house. Of course, we have a few ingredient substitutions…

Ingredients We Use:

  • 1 large head red cabbage
  • 1/2 pound of bacon (Organic smoked beef bacon with no sugar)
  • 1 large yellow onion, thinly sliced
  • 1/4 cup maple syrup
  • 4 tablespoons yellow mustard
  • 1/2 cup Bragg’s apple cider vinegar
  • 2 cups of homemade beef bone broth

Using the ingredients above, then follow the instructions here. It smells fantastic while it’s cooking, so you’re going to want to have some the night you cook it, but it gets better when you reheat it in the oven, so be sure to save some for leftovers!Cabbage Cooking

Dave serves the cabbage with rice. However, he doesn’t just make rice, he makes yummy rice.

Here are the ingredients you need to make yummy rice:

  • 1 cup rice
  • 1 cup homemade beef bone broth
  • 1 and 1/4 cup water
  • Kelp granules (for iodine since we use salt without iodine)
  • Sea salt
  • Dried garlic
  • Dried red onion
  • 1-2 Tablespoons butter

And with that, dinner is done!Braised Red Cabbage with Bacon

3-Ingredient Peanut Butter Fudge – First Impressions

This recipe has been on our “to make” list for a while, and today became the day! This was the first time we’ve made anything from Blissful Basil so I was excited to give it a go. There are a number of recipes on that site that look amazing so I’m happy to say, this recipe worked just as described, and yes, the fudge is indeed AWESOME.

Peanut Butter Fudge Ingredients

This “3-Ingredient” fudge, REALLY is a 3-ingredient recipe. All you need is Peanut Butter, Coconut Butter, and Maple Syrup. Seriously. THREE items, that’s all. Continue reading