15 kale recipes from Cooking Light
White Pizza Dip - Pizza Party Kale Chips - Kale Salad
15 kale recipes from Cooking Light
Whoa, it's cold out! *shivers*
Seriously, when the hell did Winter happen?!?
It wasn't anywhere near as freezing out two or so weeks ago.
I hate winter.
But anywho, as I had mentioned in my previous post, I while I don't make new years resolutions per say, I encourage goal setting and I do my fair share of reflection on a regular basis, thus I did my fair share of reflecting on the ups (most of which transpired at years end) and downs of 2012 and have concluded it to be a year of life lessons that I needed to relearn, or at least be reminding of. In hindsight, I have come to realize that reluctance and denial resulted in the same scenarios playing out over and over and over again.
In 2012, I (re)learned that ....
Reliving the same situations with the same circumstances, and having the same experiences with the same people with each time being equally miserable if not worse than the last is one of the worst feelings ever. Why it took so damn long for the little light bulb above my head to switched on is beyond me, but when it did a wave of insight and self awareness washed over me. I was stuck - and the only way to get unstuck was to see the reality of the situation(s) and learn from the experience, otherwise there would be no moving forward. Life as a whole was stale, my progression in life stagnant, and as I reached each breaking point, I lost a little more of myself in the struggle. The time had come to let go and/or let be. Intuition had been screaming for months, telling me to stop thinking, stop excusing, stop trying and hit the god damn eject button on this miserable existence. Each and every time, instead of listening to intuition, I would ignored it and more often than not, would end up doing the exact opposite. Seeing how far that's taken me over the past year (and through the two years of my last relationship), and accepting that I had nothing to lose, I wasted no time on looking (or for the new year) and instead lept... right into the most significant lesson of them all -
Follow Your Intuition
Its safe to say I have my work cut out for me with this whole intuition thing more so that what is typically anticipated due to the fact that I've been ignoring it for years. Fortunately I love a challenge and developing my intuition is a goal I haven't worked on in ages. Oh and speaking of goals, the following four resources are worth checking out -
** I am super excited for the new Thrive program and encourage everyone to give it a go. The information is applicable to health & nutrition as a whole thus making it an invaluable resource for all.
* 52 Small Changes is another excellent resource, particular because its non-intimidating.
** Green Smoothie Magic & the Healthy Gluten - Free Life are new reads for me. Hopefully I remember to post a review
Is it just me or did 2012 fly by at an alarming rate?! Not that I am complaining - in fact, I'm happy to see it end - but hot damn, this year went by fast!
Tis the season for reflecting upon the past and setting New Year's Resolutions for the year ahead.
New Year's Resolution
A commitment that a person makes to one or more personal goals, projects, or the reforming of a habit. A key element to a New Year's resolution that sets it apart from other resolutions is that it is made in anticipation of the New Year and new beginnings.
Cyberspace is buzzing with sugar coated pep talks encouraging readers to set their annual New Years resolutions, which more often than not, pertain to lifestyle a change, but I know you aren't expecting to find that fuckery here. Not that I frown upon committing to the achievement to ones personal's goal, cause I don't. And its' not that I don't believe in you, cause I do. And I have total faith that you can achieve whatever it is you set your mind too, cause you can, but I am realist and thus calling it like it see it (and by it, I mean New Year's Resolution Success Rate Statistics) ....
Disheartening statistics and anti-resolution speeches aside, it should be noted that I whole heatedly agree with the reflecting on the past aspect of the new year, as it serves as a means of re-evaluating ones needs and assessing whether or not the direction your headed in is complimentary to getting said needs met. Along with this, I'm all for setting personal goals, thus if the new year is when you would like to do your reflecting and setting then by all means ...
As for myself, I did my fair share of reflecting on the ups and downs of the past year, and while I wouldn't say 2012 was a bad year, it wasn't much to write home about either.
I won't bore you with a rehash of the gruesome details but it's worth noting that life slapped me around with several valuable - and much needed - life lessons along the way, one of which I seem to have had a diversion to initially learning. That particular gain is worth writing home about., or at least worth blogging about, as I can honestly say I feel good about it.
and on that note, I'm off like a prom dress!
The cookies you see to the left are the end result of a spontaneous Kitchen Adventure which transpired on 12/23/12 at 3am.
Instead of measuring and taking notes, I haphazardly through ingredients into a bowl and hoped for the best.
Yeah, I know. *smacks self* I should know better at this point and I apologize for my lack of judgement. Truth be told, I anticipated them totally sucking due to difficulty keeping the dough together as I scooped it out onto the pan. Instead, they were phenomenal.
And by phenomenal I mean crispy, not too sweet, & not your usual seasonal cookie.
I plan to make another batch following the measurements below and will report back upon sampling. However, it should be noted that cookie recipes are often forgiving so don't even think about not trying this recipe! Until then, I'm off like a prom dress ;-)
Oatmeal S'mores Cookies
Vegan, Gluten Free
Makes 12 - 18 cookies, depending on size
3 oz brown sugar, packed
4 Tbs sugar in the raw
1/3 ish cup semi sweet chocolate chips
2 handfuls (vegan) mini marshmallows ** see notes
1 - 1 1/4 ish cup old fashioned rolled oats
1/2 - 2/3 cup all purpose flour ** see notes
1/2 ish tsp guar gum, maybe a little more. ** see notes
Several shakes of apple pie spice
Shake of salt
1/2 ish tsp baking soda
1 tsp bourbon vanilla extract
1 eggs worth egg replacer ** see notes
1/2 - 3/4 cup (soy free) earth balance vegan buttery spread, half melted
Preheat oven 350F and prep your baking sheets.
Combine dry ingredients in large mixing bowl
Add the wet to the bowl and stir until well combined.
Shape heaping teaspoons of dough into balls and place on prepared baking sheet.
Press the top down to slightly flatten.
Bake at 350F for approx 11 - 13 minutes.
Remove pan froom the oven and let cookies cool down (and firm up) approx 5 min.
If your dough is too wet, slowly add additional flour.
If your dough is too dry, add splashes of water.
If you are having trouble handling/ shaping the dough, put it in the fridge to firm up a bit or get it to the pan and shape it
I used King Arthur Gluten Free All Purpose
Not gluten free? Omit guar gum and use regular all purpose flour
Not vegan? Use standard mini marshmallows and an egg
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O M F G - this dip is amazing, and by amazing I mean make this IMMEDIATELY!
I stumbled upon this recipe for White Pizza Dip on La Phemme Phoodie and it was love at first sight. I used to adore white pizza and even made a few vegan pies post-break up with dairy. However, white pizza in dip form was a new deliciousness that I had yet to explore and to the top of the kitchen adventures bucket list it went. I hit Trader Joe's later that day for vegan cream cheese (Note: Joe's brand is, in my opinion, better than most of the other vegan cream cheese brands. However I would describe it as good not great) and was indulging in what's now my new favorite dip before sun down.
I halved the original recipe (which can be view here on Veggie Converter) and made it slightly more complicated via incorporating a homemade vegan cheese sauce AND I made a small pizza dough, which I used to make a batch of fresh bread sticks. Well worth the extra effort in my opinion. However, you can skip the cheese sauce and instead increase the mozzarella and cream cheese as well as dip with store bought crackers/bread of choice. Along with this, I added more kale than the original called for as I really needed to use up what I had. If you hate kale - or don't have any on hand - instead of omitting it out entirely, substitute it with a different green vegetable.
1 (small batch) recipe Pizza Dough
1/3 pint grape tomatoes, tomatoes cut in half
salt & pepper, to taste
4 ounces cream cheese, softened
5 ounces mozzarella cheese shreds
3 garlic cloves, minced or pressed
Italian seasoning, to taste
4 ounces steamed and shredded kale
1 recipe Nutritional Yeast Cheese Sauce *recipe below
Begin by prepping the pizza dough and set aside.
While dough rises, preheat oven to 400F. Place tomatoes on baking sheet. Spritz with olive oil pepper, and salt, then roast until bursting (approx 20 min).
While tomatoes roast, mix cream cheese with roughly 3 oz of the cheese shreds. Prepare nutritional yeast cheese sauce and immediately add it to the cream cheese/shreds mixture, along with the seasoning, garlic, cooked kale & the roasted tomatoes. Stir to combine. Transfer mixture to an oven-safe baking dish, sprinkle with remaining mozzarella shreds, and set aside.
By now the pizza dough should be ready to roll out onto a baking sheet (depending on the side of the pan it will only take up half, thus allowing you to place the dip onto the empty side of the pan). Once the dough is rolled out, scour into sticks, place oven safe dish on the baking sheet. Bake dip for 25 minutes, or until top is golden and bubbly. and bake sticks until golden.
I'm grateful for
the herd ...
the genuine people & positive energy in my life ...
recent business opportunities ...
steady work ...
the roof over my head ...
snuggle parties ...
my blog readers ...
my list goes on, but I have to dash off as I'm working today at the Country Club.
Until next time, I'm off like a prom dress
Positive vibes & feelings of gratitude to all