kale + wine

by Holly on February 10, 2011

in dinner,gluten-free,rambling,recipes

Let’s be real, vegetables aren’t always tasty.

I mean, have you ever eaten raw zucchini?

Or perhaps cooked carrots?

Don’t even get me started on fennel, radishes or turnips.

As I’ve humbly grown into the mature Everythingtarian I am today however, I have learned one very important lesson: it’s not the vegetable; it’s how you cook it.

You see, I eat my zucchini sauteed in olive oil, garlic + a pinch of salt, and it’s delicious.

Roasted carrot fries are to live for.

And well, if you find any recipes that make fennel, radishes or turnips taste remotely edible, please enlighten me. I still think all three are abominations for my usually non-picky palate.

But what about kale, you ask?

The crunchy, slightly bitter green vegetable full of vitamin K, A and C as well as antioxidants that will keep your skin looking fresher, tighter and younger than even Nicole Kidman’s botoxed face of yore. Bonus? Your face will actually move when you talk and laugh.

While I’ve been introduced to the delicious world of massaged kale salads, kale chips are and will forever be my favorite way to eat this most glorious green. Hypothetically speaking, I can come home from a depressing day at work, chug a 1/2 bottle of wine and revel in the beauty + deliciousness of these 15-minute crunchy wonders…

And so can you.

Kale Chip Recipe #1: olive oil, seaweed gomasio (sesame seeds, salt + seaweed) + garlic powder

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.

Take 1/2 bushel of kale and roughly chop it into chip-sized pieces. Toss in 1 T olive oil, 1 t garlic powder, 1 t seaweed gomasio + a pinch of salt. Roast until edges are slightly browned and kale is crisp. DEVOUR.

Kale Chip Recipe #2: olive oil + nutritional yeast + cayenne pepper

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.

Take 1/2 bushel of kale and roughly chop it into chip-sized pieces. Toss in 1 T olive oil, 2 T nutritional yeast, 1/4 t cayenne pepper+ a pinch of salt. Roast until edges are slightly browned and kale is crisp. DEVOUR.

I’m not going to lie: Recipe #1 was tasty, but Recipe #2 is my to-go to kale chip recipe.

It never fails.

Go make it.

Like now.

And, if you are going to eat a whole bushel of kale chips for dinner like moi, I highly recommend pairing your 5+ servings of green veggies with a lovely fruity malbec. If you can manage to open the wine bottle with a screwdriver AND without splattering permanent red stains all over your kitchen, more power to you. It’s something this Everythingtarian has yet to master.

Keep the cork in, and serve your wine in a coffee mug.

It’s classier that way.

Kale + wine…it’s what’s for dinner.


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Matt @ The Athlete's Plate February 10, 2011 at 8:43 pm

I love me some kale ;)

Jenn L @ Peas and Crayons February 10, 2011 at 8:45 pm

bahahaha i love raw zucchini and radishes and cooked carrots! I’m a crazy nutritionsit though =) You’re making me want kale chips nowwww! Yum!!

love this post <3

Sarah (Running to Slow Things Down) February 10, 2011 at 8:59 pm

Mmmm….I love kale. And this sounds so perfect. I’m convinced that I need to pick up the Eden’s sea salt blend. It sounds fabulous. :D

sarah (sarah learns) February 10, 2011 at 9:00 pm

you don’t like radishes?!? they’re so spicy & delicious! i just eat them raw. :)

love the kale chips, though! i make them with just evoo, sea salt + garlic powder. mmm.

Jessica February 10, 2011 at 9:24 pm

Mmmm kale. I don’t think I knew kale existed 5 years ago and now I love love love it.

dana @ my little celebration February 10, 2011 at 9:57 pm

Alright, I seriously need to try those chips. I’ve only had massaged kale salads before, but those look irresistibly delicious! Thanks for the recipes, friend! Here’s to having a lovely Friday and an even more wonderful weekend. Ta ta!

Bonnie February 10, 2011 at 9:59 pm

Kale chips! Why have I not tried these yet? You just planned my lunch for tomorrow (but maybe I’ll wait to bust out the wine until at LEAST 4 pm..). ;) Glad to hear another person doesn’t like cooked carrots either – blech! Happy weekend!

Erica D @ Gratitouille February 10, 2011 at 10:08 pm

Ugh, you just made me squeamish at the thought of raw zucchini. Or raw squash. But the thought of kale and wine…together…makes me feel good again!

Sarah @ onelovesarah February 10, 2011 at 10:23 pm

wine in a coffee cup = always classy. I have a bunch of kale in my fridge and might just have to make your recipe

Averie (LoveVeggiesAndYoga) February 10, 2011 at 10:24 pm

I love kale chips!

I make mine with nooch, red pepper, cashews, lemon juice all blended and then massaged in before bakingd/dehydrating.

i adore kale chips.

and wine :)

Kate (What Kate is Cooking) February 10, 2011 at 11:20 pm

Haha, I actually like raw zucchini and cooked carrots! There are a lot of veggies I don’t care for, but I do like kale :)

elise February 11, 2011 at 12:27 am

i agree with you about fennel. blech. i love kale in any and every form though. looooooove it. good thinking pairing it with wine :)

Nikki February 11, 2011 at 1:25 am

Ha! I love the wine in the coffee mug.

Carrie (Moves 'N Munchies) February 11, 2011 at 3:10 am

i haven’t had kale chips in so so long!.. thanks for the reminder ;)

Little Bookworm February 11, 2011 at 3:25 am

Love kale – never had it in chip form though! Can’t stand raw courgette (zucchini), but I have heard that roasted fennel is nice?

Lauren February 11, 2011 at 5:52 am

Haha I LOVE raw Zucchini and raw mushrooms. Two veggies usually people hate to eat raw. But I do agree with you that Roasted Kale is off the hook!!! I wish there was a way to convince more people of this.

Liz February 11, 2011 at 7:07 am

I slice fennel and mix it with olive oil, salt and pepper, and then spreadh it in a casserole dish and top it with bread crumbs and pecorino cheese and bake. It’s definitely yummy!

Nelly February 11, 2011 at 7:32 am

Turnips are pretty tasty! You just have to pick the right ones: as small and firm as possible; you can get bigger ones but you’ll have to cut out the woody core, and still take care to pass over any that are at all squidgy-feeling.

I cook them like so: cut them up into rough chunks or slices about as thick as your thumb, then simmer them in salted/seasoned water, just enough to almost cover, until they’re tender. Then, drain them or gently blot them with a paper towel and pan-fry them in a little EVOO or coconut oil until they get golden (flip them around so all the sides get taken care of). Enjoy! They’re great on their own or with fried apples and onions.

leslie February 11, 2011 at 7:44 am

kale + wine? i think you just described the “leslie diet.” i’ve never made kale chips though! i’ve thought about it, but i just adore the stuff raw.

also, um, i think raw zucchini is delicious. and yesterday i ate a salad that, ironically, included raw turnips, radishes, and fennel. and loved it.

it’s ok. i’ve accepted that my tastebuds are weird.

Tessa February 11, 2011 at 7:46 am

Girl, I swear we’re on the same wavelength. I’ve been rockin the kale chips, wine AND carrot fries for a week straight. Happens pretty much every day. So good!

Erica February 11, 2011 at 8:20 am

Heyyyy! How are you? I couldn’t agree more- I’ve tried raw zucchini a number of times and ick. Kale is yummy. I actually just recently started cooking with it and I love it. Hope you’re doing well! sorry I’ve been MIA! Finally back with a post today!

Maya February 11, 2011 at 8:26 am

I get major cravings for kale. When I come home from school I eat it almost every day. Fennel is delicious! The Barefoot Contessa introduced me to it. I suggest roasting the fennel. I don’t mind it raw, but when it’s roasted it gets caramelized and delicious. Try it!

Sami February 11, 2011 at 9:24 am

agreed! it’s not about the vegetable. it’s the way you prepare it! steamed kale is great if you refrigerate it and then use it as a base for salads, too! <3 wine sounds like the perfect compliment ;)

rebecca lustig February 11, 2011 at 9:26 am

Wine makes anything taste better, no?!

I love kale though.

Carolyn @ Lovin' Losing February 11, 2011 at 10:48 am

I made Kale chips once and enjoyed them. The husband didn’t seem to mind them, but I think my mistake was pairing them with baked tofu. It was a little too much health food in one sitting. ;)

Kacy February 11, 2011 at 10:50 am

There is currently a splatter of red wine on my ceiling from a failed Cab opening. I left the cork in as well. Fiber?

Megan (Braise the Roof) February 11, 2011 at 11:02 am

Ahaha, I totally see the cork floating around in the wine bottle! You are one classy lady, m’friend. That’s the malbec I brought, isn’t it?! How was it?

Laura February 11, 2011 at 11:28 am

Oh, man. Thank you for the tip-off about carrot fries. We’ve gotten so many carrots from our CSA lately that I’m about to weep . . . but I haven’t done carrot fries yet. This will have to happen!

I’ll cross my fingers for some kale this week, too.

Rachael February 11, 2011 at 11:34 am

I’d forgotten about kale chips….if I make an extra salty version, it might make my beleagured stomach happy! God knows I still have tons of it from the last of my garden’s bounty.
Wine and kale is good combo of the fancy and the downhome. And happily, I have a midwife who encourages a glass of the red stuff once in awhile. I love alternative medicine :)

glidingcalm February 11, 2011 at 11:50 am

you sho cute.

ive never made kale chips!
the horror!

chelsey @ clean eating chelsey February 11, 2011 at 12:06 pm

Surprisingly, I’ve never had kale. However, I am intrigued and I’vew been meaning to make kale chips forever!

Eliz@The Sweet Life February 11, 2011 at 12:22 pm

Looks like a delicious recipe-I’ve been intimidated by kale!

Katie February 11, 2011 at 12:46 pm

Mmm, I haven’t had kale chips (or wine for that matter) in so long…I could use both in my life, but I’ll stick with the kale until May-ish.:-)

Also, I’m sorry to say I love cooked carrots. Love so much. And once I made parsnip fries I didn’t hate them. Didn’t LOVE them, but didn’t hate them.

Katie February 11, 2011 at 12:47 pm

Oh, I just realized you said fennel, turnips, and radishes. Not parsnips. I’m an idiot.

emily (a nutritionist eats) February 11, 2011 at 1:12 pm

Kale and wine are like my two favorite things!!! Eating some right now actually.

kathleen February 11, 2011 at 1:43 pm

Mm. Kale chips. I can’t believe I’ve never put nooch on baked kale chips. Duh. I’m going to have to look up that seaweed somasio. Never heard of it though it looks intriguing.

Michelle February 11, 2011 at 2:10 pm

Haha, I love that last picture. Who says you have to drink wine out of a glass? I’m definitely going to try that second kale recipe tonight!

Jess February 11, 2011 at 3:36 pm

I MUST try some kale chips–yet another addiction to my ever growing grocery list. Ha!

julie February 11, 2011 at 3:45 pm

people think i’m weird when i tell them i’m craving kale. i’m glad you understand. which reminds me i need to get my butt to the store for moooooooore.

also you need to make turnip fries. then you will love you some turnip this i promise

Andrea@WellnessNotes February 11, 2011 at 4:27 pm

Love the cork in the wine bottle! :) And I love kale! And radishes, too (but I’m weird!).

Jen February 11, 2011 at 6:47 pm

The only way I’ll eat vegetables is raw, I can’t stand anything to be mushy.

Michele February 11, 2011 at 7:17 pm

wine+coffee mug=awesomeness that i cannot even handle.

Kelsey @ Snacking Squirrel February 11, 2011 at 9:12 pm

yummm lots and lots of cayenne and garlic powder for me! what a great recipe!! <3

Julia February 11, 2011 at 10:30 pm

I’ve been scared of kale, but you have convinced me to give it a try!

Laura @ Sprint 2 the Table February 11, 2011 at 11:20 pm

I am a firm believer that red wine goes with anything, and can be served out of anything. Cheers to the weekend (and to kale chips)! :)

Melissa @ For the Love of Health February 12, 2011 at 1:49 pm

haha great dinner! :-)
Am I weird for liking radishes? LOL

Simply Life February 13, 2011 at 4:18 pm

Looks great!

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