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RECIPE | Salt & Vinegar Kale Chips

Salt & Vinegar Kale Chips

Edith was begging for a snack this morning so I listed off her options – applesauce, banana, crackers- I got a no after every option. Since we are lacking in the grocery department right now I tried to rack my brain as to what other options we might have in the house. I thought about baking muffins and then I remembered we had a few bunches of kale in the crisper. I proposed the idea of making kale chips to her and she jumped up and ran to her Learning Tower ready to make kale chips (I took that as a big ol’ yes!)

Tots in The Kitchen - Salt & Vinegar Kale Chips ingredients

I usually go for a cheezy kale chip or just plain olive oil with a dash of salt but today I decided to make salt & vinegar.

What you’ll need:

  • Salt & Vinegar Kale Chips
    Serves 2
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    Prep Time
    10 min
    Cook Time
    40 min
    Total Time
    50 min
    Prep Time
    10 min
    Cook Time
    40 min
    Total Time
    50 min
    Ingredients
    1. - 1 bunch of kale
    2. - salt
    3. - apple cider vinegar
    4. - olive oil
    5. - salad spinner and towel (to try the kale)
    6. - gallon plastic zip bag
    7. - large sheet pan
    Instructions
    1. Pre-heat oven to 300F.
    2. De-stem your kale, rip into chip sized pieces and then wash and dry completely; this will ensure a crispy chip.
    3. Pour about a tablespoon of olive oil and ACV into the zip bag along with a pinch or two of salt.
    4. Add the kale to the bag, push out the air and zip close and then massage your kale with oil, vinegar and salt.
    5. Pour out onto a sheet pan and toss into the oven for 30-40 minutes until crispy.
    6. Allow to cool for 5 or so minutes on the sheet pan before gobbling up.
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Tots in The Kitchen Salt & Vinegar Kale Chips

Also make sure you have a cute helper and taster on hand. You can see more photos of E helping make these kale chips over on Naturally Family.

Tots in The Kitchen - Salt & Vinegar Kale Chips muncher

What are you favorite kind(s) of kale chips? I love cheezy kale chips made in the dehydrator but when I’m in a pinch I like to do olive oil, tamari, nutritional yeast and a dash of pepper (same directions as above) and toss them in the oven for quick crisping.

Summer Entertaining with Blue Diamond // Antipasto Plate with Almond Cheese Stuffed Peppers

Disclaimer: This post was sponsored by Blue Diamond Almonds. As always all opinions are my own. 

Neil and I have always enjoyed entertaining whether it’s a pizza party, a potluck or our annual pumpkin beer tasting dinner. My favorite time to entertain however is during the summer when the days are longer, the sun is out and there is little need to do much cooking. I prefer to whip up some salads, grill veggie burgers and of course set out a few snack plates to start off any gathering.

Blue Diamond Almonds - Stuffed Peppers

I am particularly partial to antipasto platters because there is little work involved for me and they just look beautiful. I head to the grocery store pick up a few varieties of olives and various other antipasto bar items including peppers (hot and sweet), artichokes, roasted garlic, marinated tomatoes and basically anything else that looks good. I will finish off my platter with toasted bread, pita chips, crackers and hummus. Since I don’t like to do everything store bought I usually add in my own little treat and this time I made almond cheese stuffed peppadew peppers.  Blue Diamond Almonds - Stuffed Peppers 2

What you’ll need for the almond cheese:

  • One 6oz tin of Whole Natural Blue Diamond Almonds, soaked in filtered water overnight
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons nutritional yeast (this provides the cheesy flavor)
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoons sweet white miso
  • 1 tablespoon water
  • salt and pepper to taste

Simply toss all of the ingredients in a high speed blender or food processor and process until smooth and then stuff your peppers and enjoy!

Blue Diamond Almonds - Stuffed Peppers top Share you summer entertaining tips below! One of my top tips is to keep it fresh and simple so that you can also enjoy the party!

 

How to Navigate the Baseball Stadium (the healthy way!)

It’s baseball season! Who else is excited? Neil and I are big Yankees Fans and are getting Edith into the game as well. Unfortunately we never seem to live in a city that has a major league team so we watch most of our games on TV but when we do head the park we are always thinking about what we are going to get to eat. We are hoping next year to make it up to Seattle for a Mariners/Yankees game and we already know we will be getting ourselves a Field Roast Frankfurter when we do. That’s one of the great things about ballparks today – you can find healthy options that are often vegan, vegetarian and/or gluten free
yankees I have to say when we went to Yankee Stadium our options were more limited so we chose to eat before heading to the field and while we did share fries at the game, however we decided to head to Candle Cafe post-game for dinner. We could have easily had junky food like veggie burgers, beer and more fries but decided to treat ourselves to a healthy tasty dinner after the game <–best decision.

So consider these healthy tips before heading out to your next ball game:

  • Drink water! Lots of it! While having a beer or pop might seem like a good idea you should really limit your caloric beverages. Keep yourself hydrated especially at those hot summer games. Additionally, drinking water will help flush out toxins and extra sodium that you might take in if you are unable to find or bring healthier food options to the ballpark.
  • Do you research. Many ballparks have a list of concession offerings on their websites.  Check them out before you head to the park so you can know whether to eat something healthy before you go or whether or not you can bring something with you.  If you are going to plan on eating at the park regardless this will give you the opportunity to scope out the best options and their locations before you get there.
  • Choose the healthiest option. While peanuts and Cracker Jacks might sound good they are not going to leave you nourished or satisfied so when heading to the ballpark look to choose the healthier option. Many parks offer veggie burgers, salads, and even sushi which are all better options then say a hot dog, garlic fries (yeah I know these are so good though), or pizza.
  • Bring food with you! I know that this isn’t always an option but some parks do allow you to bring in outside food.  Pack yourself a tasty meal filled with foods that satisfy you and make you feel good (don’t forget your ice pack if it’s a hot day). If you can’t pack a meal you could always throw some healthy snacks in the bottom of your purse such as baby carrots, an apple or a KIND bar.

baseballlindsay So what parks have healthy food options:

  • Fenway Park - Red Sox -(part of me is cringing as I  type this – DIE HARD YANKEES FAN HERE) is now offering a healthier culinary line up this season which include the addition of KIND bars to concession stand stalls!
  • Nationals Park - Washington Nationals- is offering up tons of healthy options and for my vegan friends lots of vegan options which even includes veggie sushi and vegan crab cakes!
  • Citzens Bank Park - Philadelphia Phillies- This park has been said to have the best vegetarian options and not only do they have vegetarian, vegan and gluten free options they are also on the healthy side.  Healthier food options include include a variety of salads, veggie burgers and veggie dogs.
  • Coors Field – Colorado Rockies – Concessions here are your standard fare however if you look a little closer you can find yourself at their build your own salad bar stand. If your more in the mood for a veggie sandwich or veggie burger you can find those too.
  • Petco Park – San Diego Padres – Through their FriarFit program this park has worked to worked improve the nutritional value and availability of healthier food choices at the ballpark. Concession items have now been added or upgraded on the menu, plus a healthy option Kids Meal is available throughout the ballpark.*

I could highlight so many other parks but these are just a few of the options out there.

Disclaimer: This post was sponsored by KIND. As always all opinions are my own. I received free product in exchange for this post. There was no additional financial compensation.

*FriarFit Reference

What do you order when you go to the ballpark? Any tips or suggestions?

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