Kale Chips

_MG_4461Confession: I did a juice cleanse last week. As an avid lover of butter, wine, and pretty much anything crunchy, I'm not going to lie -- it was REALLY hard. (And probably nearly as hard for Ari, who had to listen to me whine, "I'm so hungry!" for three days straight. Why do such a thing, you might ask? Turns out, too much fried chicken, cake for someone's birthday, and butter can catch up to you, and I felt like my system needed a break. While the juice itself was good, I'm not sure if I'll be committing to one again -- but it did make me think more about what I eat on a day to day basis. These super simple kale chips give me the crunch I love while still being a much healthier alternative to potato chips. Plus, they taste better and are much cheaper than the ones you can buy at the store._MG_4477 _MG_4480

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Kale Chips (adapted from epicurious.com)

10-12 kale leaves, center rib removed and cut into 2-inch pieces (Trader Joe's sells pre-cut bags which are really great)

2 tablespoons olive oil

1/2 teaspoon onion or garlic powder

1 teaspoon salt, or to taste

1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper, or to taste

Preheat oven to 250 degrees. Toss kale leaves with olive oil, onion powder, salt and pepper in a large bowl. Lay flat on a baking sheet, and roast in oven for 30 minutes, until crispy. Store in an airtight container for up to 5 days.

Super Bowl Roundup

I can't say that I've ever really been all that into the Super Bowl, but I can of course always get down with the food. This year, however, I will be actually watching the game (and, obviously, the Beyoncé half-time show) in addition to enjoying some delicious snacks. Ari is a die-hard 49ers fan (though perhaps "fan" is somewhat of an understatement) and he'll be in New Orleans for the game, which means I'll have to fend for myself here in New York. That said, if I were hosting a Super Bowl party, I pulled together a few recipes from my archives that I would make:

_MG_3583Chicken Lettuce Wraps

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_MG_2802Harvest Focaccia

_MG_1668Avocado and Corn Salsa

_MG_3691Turkey & Pork Ricotta Meatballs

And for something a little sweeter..._MG_3796

Lemon Bars, my go-to recipe for parties

_MG_2534Or this quick Orange-Olive Oil Cake, which is easily transportable.

What are you making for the Super Bowl? Are you rooting for either team? (Go Niners!)