Tuesday, May 14, 2013

What would Gwyneth do {redefining my food mission}

For Mother's Day I was given an awesome cook book. It's a book I have had my eye on and I couldn't wait to pry the pages open once it was mine. It's Gwyneth Paltrow's newest cookbook It's All Good.

 And I must say I want to eat whatever she's eating that makes her look so unbelievably simple, healthy, beautiful, and glowing. I literally lounged around in bed for an extra hour skimming through all of the recipes on Sunday morning. I have been on such a mission lately to get my family eating as many foods that are rich in vitamins including as many leafy greens, vegetables, and fruits in every meal. We've been replacing meals with kale, banana, pineapple and almond milk smoothies. Eating lots of Greek yogurt, berries, fresh salads and trying to infuse simple things with flavor and color. Yesterday afternoon while taking a break from a DIY project I'm going to share this week, I decided to make a snack for the little man. After asking myself WWGD (what would Gwyneth do) and scouring my pantry and fridge for ingredients, I decided to make Kale chips which she says her kids gobble up. So here is a little glimpse of my culinary mission.

You simply wash some fresh Kale and break into small chip like pieces discarding the center stems. Toss in Olive oil, sea salt, (I added a little pepper). Then place on a baking sheet in a 400 degree oven for 12 minutes or until they are brown. And If i'm being completely honest, when I say brown...I mean looks rotten and somewhat burnt. 

Not the prettiest thing I've ever cooked....but remember I'm trying to trust Gwyneth. I decided to let mine cool on a layer of paper towels. I sat the little man on the counter, busted out a little bit of ketchup and told him these were chips. I tasted one and thought it was pretty good except it had a bit of an after taste. A cross between cabbage and spinach. He tried one and the look on his face was priceless. He was not interested. I must admit I was super bummed. I wanted to be the Mom who got her boy to love Kale chips instead of potato chips. I don't know what I was thinking....wait, I know...I was channeling my inner Gwyneth. So for now the Hubs and I are the only one trying to rock some Kale chips at meal time to get some extra greens into us...and I'll stick to hiding it in the boys breakfast smoothies without him knowing.
But I'm not giving up! I believe in a lot of these recipes and I am going to try out a new one (I'm hoping once a week) because I believe this gal has it all figured out when it comes to what we are putting on our plates and in our bodies.
I thought it might be fun to share the journey with you. So grab your own copy of the cookbook if you don't already have one and let's do this thing together.

Do any of you cook your Kale chips differently? I think I might try adding some lemon next time.
See you guys tomorrow!


  1. Sounds great, I'd love to follow along with you and try some new recipes :) I bought it a few days ago and I'm so looking forward to scouring the pages and exploring that amazing photography too! I'm a photographer so I'm totally into the beautiful imagery :) Look forward to seeing what you make next!

  2. I actually tried making kale chips for the first time last week and loved them. The recipe I found had me turn them over half way through and not cook as long--only till they were brittle but not brown. Maybe he would like them better?

  3. I just picked up this book from the library this week, can't wait to try some recipes of hers.

  4. I use to do mine like that but i didn't care that burnt sort of taste. I put mine in a bowl, coat lightly with olive oil, a bit of vinegar, and a pinch of salt and cook then at 225 for almost 2 hours... Or until crisp. It's not quick, but SO with the worth the wait. They are the most delectable chips ever!

  5. We are visiting your state this week. I was so excited that there was an orange tree in the yard of the cottage we are renting. Orange trees are not something you see in Missouri! I tried channelling my inner Courney and took a series of pictures: the fruit-laden tree, the freely- picked oranges on a cutting board, orange slices artistically arranged in a bowl .... The last picture in my series? The oranges going down the garbage disposal! Those oranges were AWFUL! I am glad you are willing to give kale chips another try because the jury is still out on whether or not I will ever eat an orange again!

  6. I've been searching for kale recipes b/c of an overabundance in the garden here. But I just can't seem to enjoy any of them! I totally with your little guy on the kale chips. I haven't tried it in a smoothie yet, though. Maybe I'll give that a go!

  7. KP & jessica I am going to try y'alls suggestions! xoxo

    LuRae you crack me up! I hope you find some delicious oranges in the very near future.

    Christine Use one cup of kale with almond milk, plain vanilla yogurt, pineapple, banana... it is amazing and you don't even taste it. i do recommend straining it though.

    To all of you sweet peeps I am so glad we are all trying to do this healthy food thing together. xoxo

  8. I LOVE kale chips, girl! I've made them with teriyaki and black sesame seeds and they are yummy! Sometimes I'll add molasses to this mixture. SO. GOOD.

  9. I am so going to try that combo Carmen! Yum! xoxo

  10. My husband makes them and they are so good. Sometimes he makes them spicy. Our daughter (7) always talks about how gross they are but will always try one. The last time my husband made a batch she ate most of them all while talking about how gross they are. We all had a good laugh after she ate so many and admitted they weren't so bad after all. Just keep doing it and the kids will follow in their own good time.

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