Thursday, June 27, 2013

Grape Slushy Pops

It's popsicle season people!  Whatever name you have for them (ice pops, freeze pops, popsicles, frozen treats, you get the idea) there isn't much better on a hot summer day.  Guess What??  It's easy, healthy and affordable to make your own.  We use reusable molds, I highly recommend getting some (we found ours at our local Whole Foods Market and on Amazon).  You can also use disposable cups and popsicle sticks but be sure to add the sticks after about 45 min to an hour of freezing so they don't tip to the side.  The girls and I made these the other day and they were wonderful, refreshing and have a great slushy texture. I cannot wait to share more of our creations this summer.

Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Sweet & Salty Kale Chips

If you haven't tried making Kale Chips before, now is the perfect time.  You can pick up tons of kale cheap at your local Farmer's Market right now.  This recipe is so easy and so tasty.  The kind of chips your kiddos will ask for seconds of and you will have no problem saying yes to.  Both my girls love them and they make a great addition to a lunchbox (Yours or your kiddos)!

Sweet & Salty Kale Chips - 10 Months+
1 large bunch Kale (I like using curly for chips)
1/2 tbsp Coconut Oil (melted)or Olive Oil
1/2 tsp Paprika
1/2 tsp Nutmeg
Salt & Pepper 

Preheat your oven to 325 degrees F.  Wash the kale and be sure it has time to dry well.  Chop or tear kale into medium to large pieces (it will shrink down to chip size in the oven), removing any large thick stems.  In a large bowl toss kale pieces with the remaining ingredients.  I find using salad tongs works great (but your hands work great too).  Spread the kale out evenly on parchment paper lined baking sheets.  Bake the kale chips for about 12 minutes.  Gently stir/ flip them around the baking sheet and return to the oven for another 5 minutes until crispy.  The spice combination and natural sweetness in the kale makes a sweet and salty chip without even needing any sweeteners.  I'm not sure how long these chips last since my husband, daughters and I finish them up in a few days. Every time.  

This recipe is Vegan, Gluten-Free and AWESOME:)