Crispy Kale Chips

I admit it. I was once a kale hater. Then I found a few ways to make it and now it’s a regular item in my house. Kale is one of the most nutrient-dense foods you can eat. Just one cooked cup has 36 calories and provides a whopping 1,180% of your daily-recommended intake (DRI) of vitamin K. That’s more than any other food on the planet. Crazy!?

One of the ways I love to make kale is seared with shallots, garlic, chicken stock and red pepper flakes. Once it’s cooked I drizzle it with balsamic vinegar and goodness, is it ever amazing.

I also love to have kale chips on hand when I am wanting a little snacky crunch.

Kale chips are a delicious, easy, and inexpensive way to get more greens into your diet. Try this recipe for original flavored kale chips or spice them up with other herbs and essential oils for more options. I like garlic powder, Parmesan cheese, and Lemon oil for an Italian twist, or cumin and Lime oil for Mexican-style chips.


1 large bunch kale, washed and torn into bite-size pieces
2 tablespoons olive oil
2 drops Lemon Essential Oil
Salt & pepper


  1. Preheat oven to 200° F.
  2. Wash and dry kale thoroughly.
  3. Combine olive oil and Lemon oil in large mixing bowl.
  4. Add kale and toss. Make sure kale is well coated with oils.
  5. Once coated, place on baking sheet in single layer.
  6. Sprinkle with salt and pepper.
  7. Bake on the center rack for 45–50 minutes or until crispy.

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I hope you’ll learn to love eating kale like I did. It’s truly one of the greatest foods you can eat and once you find a few ways to make it, you’ll be hooked!

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Acknowledging the Goodness

In recent weeks I have been coming up with strategies to ease my aching heart about the obviously very different Thanksgiving celebration that this year will hold. On one hand, I am incredibly grateful for the health and happiness within my family and close friends, but I am also allowing myself to feel the very real disappointment and sadness that is present when I face the grim reality that I won’t be spending this years annual holiday surrounded by food, festivities, and of course, family.

In the big picture I realize that it is just one day. One measly 24-hour period that can easily be made up when this all passes with a bounty of food and connection.

And yet, I also have a strong need to acknowledge the sadness and emptiness that the lack of tradition brings to my heart. There is in fact a hole that is empty of the connection that regardless of how busy our lives are, people come together for one day of family.

I will miss that.

I have given myself a few days to notice the missing parts of the tradition that I love so much. I love the hectic amount of cooking, the matching orange, brown and red table decorations, and even the ridiculous turkey shaped salt and pepper shakers. I love to see my sons interact and jive each other while their sister tries to sheepishly engage. I love to see the history of our lives be woven together again for a few short hours.

Now that I have had my time to feel what I feel, I am ready to rumble with making new traditions. I decided to switch up my classic food items a bit and prepare a few new dishes. After spending some time prepping yesterday I came to the realization that cooking for two is much easier than fourteen, so there is some beauty there. I also realized that my kids are making their own traditions and that is what I always wanted. I had always hoped that they would grow up to truly own their life and create experiences for themselves that nurture their unique spirit.

As the turkey gets put into the oven today, I am reminded of all the good. I have raised two fantastic men, I have a warm ad cozy house, my career fulfills me and I am truly loved. Those are the things that matter. The memories and traditions will be locked into my heart space with fondness, and today I choose to take abundant breaths and soak in the quietude of the day knowing that all is well.