Sunday, February 6, 2011

Foods I am Obsessed With

Currently right now I am in love with the below:

Kale, can not get enough, chips, frozen, sauteed, I like it all

Collard Greens, revisiting my southern youth perhaps?

Sweet Potatoes, at this point sweet potatoes and I are getting serious

Persimmons, I went to 3 different grocery stores looking for these, and of course the last one closest to my apt had them. They are UNREAL. Super sweet, the one fruit you could have instead of dessert,

Brown Rice, boring but so easy to make tasty, found this tasty marinade at whole foods with 15 calories per tablespoon, and it makes the rice into takeway sluttiness.

Black Bean Veggie Burgers, I prefer morning star's or make my own,

Semi-Sweet Chocolate Chips, measured out I keep these on hand for sweet related meltdowns

Peanut Butter in my oatmeal, w/half a banana, dear lord it is wrong how good that is.

Hummus but made with no oil and lots of lemon, amazing and has less then 1 gram of fat per 2
tablespoons, I especially like whole foods brand.

Red cabbage, braised, pickled, in a salad, I seriously can not get enough,

I have been cooking more and more at home, and I am really enjoying it. Below are some of the things I find I keep making again and again.

Kale Chips

Kale is a total and complete super food. Packed with antioxidants, it's detoxifying for the body, and has some major vitamin and mineral punch. It's also good for reducing your risk against numerous cancers. While this is all fine and well, I find it delicious and you can make faux potato chips out of it. Super nutritious and it can be chips, it does not get better.

1 Bunch of kale

1 tablespoon olive oil

1/4 teaspoon kosher salt

Preheat oven to 350 degrees

Wash kale and cut stems off

Dry the bejesus out of kale, true story, I wish I had a salad spinner, needs to be completely dry

Drizzle 1 tablespoon of olive oil over kale

massage kale with oil, I ended up massaging the the bowl and then making sure each leaf got some love to make sure it was properly coated. If you wanted to I think you could use less oil the more you make sure they get it on them.

Place kale leaves on a lined baking sheet

Bake for 12 minutes, I turned mine at 6 mins.

It should be crispy to the touch, but not brown. If it goes brown it will be more bitter.

Dust with salt and any herbs you please. I added a little smoked paprika but ended up preferring the plain ole kosher salt ones the best.

Super Green Saute

1 cup diced celery

1 cup shredded red cabbage

1 Meyer lemon ( you can use any kind, I just happened to be theses cause they're in season)

1 bunch of collard greens, sliced into ribbons

1 bunch of kale , sliced into ribbons

Chopped garlic, not sure, 1/2 teaspoon? Tailor to your tastes

Smoke paprika to taste

2 teaspoons olive oil

Spiced pecans, I used sweet and spicy ones, about 1/4 cup, can use more or less to taste

Heat olive oil in pan

add in garlic

Once you smell the garlic add in celery

Let cook 2-3 minutes, add in a dash of water

Add in red cabbage

Add dash of salt and pepper, cook for a few minutes

Add handfuls of greens and cover so they steam and wilt down. They will fight the power. Should take a few minutes.

Once greens submit and are cooking with everyone else, squeeze half of meyer lemon

add salt and pepper to taste, and smoked paprika

Allow to cook for several minutes, taste

Add more lemon, and paprika if you wish. I am a big acidity fan so I used the whole lemon. I also am obsessed with smoke paprika so I hit it up hard with that.

Add in spiced pecans, I smashed mine up to get more bang for my buck

This makes several servings so it's nice to have for the week.

Hummus Pitza

1 pita not the pocketed kind, but more flat bread-esque, look for one that is low calorie, and high fiber and as whole grain as possible. It will not only give you more nutrition but taste better.

2 tablespoons hummus, can use whatever kind you like

1 tablespoon reduced fat crumbled goat cheese

4-6 Kalamata olives, you can leave whole or cut up, up to you, I like mine whole

spread hummus on to pita, add crumbled goat cheese, dot with olives

Toast until goat cheese melts

Slice into quarters and try not to become obsessed. This is my friend Avery's creation and I could eat it every day despite how thirsty it makes me. When you are feeling salty it will make you oh so happy.


  1. Jessica- It's so nice when things are tasty and healthy. Love your blog by the way!