Crispy Kale Chips with Cheddar

Crispy kale chips  made even better with a dusting  of cheddar.

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Disclosure: I received a free delivery from the Produce Box,  that is mentioned in this post. I  am also member of the Cabot Cheese Board, and receive periodic free shipments of the World’s best cheddar, that is mentioned in this post. I was not expected to write a review  for either The Produce Box or Cabot Creamery. I was not compensated for my time. Opinions are my own. 

Call me a laggard. Kale peaked in popularity  back in 2014. Americans have now fallen out of love with kale… before I even once posted on the vegetable. Geez!

This is why getting a produce box is helpful. In case you too need some help getting out of your comfort zone and getting a  chance to taste produce that you might not ordinarily try.  This week, Robyn, the area manager for the Produce Box, brought me a gorgeous Sprout Box…

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and a few extras…

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Do you see that kale in there? When I first spotted it, I saw kale chips in my families future.

I quickly remembered my husband’s motto,

Make anything, just make sure it tastes good!

 No pressure here! So I decided on a chip ( you cannot go wrong). And of course, everything is better with cheddar!

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And that’s how these happened…Crispy Kale Chips

I’m in love; and I predict you’ll fall back in love with kale when you add some cheddar!

Kale Chips with Cheddar

by Diane Boyd

Ingredients (6-8 servings)

  • 1 bunch of kale, washed and stems removed
  • olive oil
  • minced garlic
  • fresh lemon juice
  • Himalayan salt
  • Cabot’s Cheddar Shake! Powdered Premium Cheddar Cheese

Instructions

1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.

2. Use paper towels to pat dry kale leaves.

3. In a bowl add 6 kale leaves. Drizzle with 1 tablespoon olive oil, 1 minced garlic clove, the juice of half a fresh lemon. Use your hands to massage into kale.

3. Repeat above procedure until you have used all kale.

4. Place kale on baking sheets (do no not over crowd.) Sprinkle kale with Himalayan salt.

5. Place in oven and bake for about 12 minutes.

6. Remove from oven when crispy. Serve chips on a platter after dusting with cheddar shake.

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Feeling Faster: Newton Running Shoes

Putting on my Newton Kismet running shoes makes me want to move!

Newton Kismet Running Shoe; #feelNewtonDisclosure: Newton Running is supporting our 2015 Cabot Fit Team and providing a new pair of running shoes for the race. I was not expected to write this post. I was not financially compensated for my time. Opinions are my own. 

Is it better to be faster than slower? This question reminds me of the AT&T commercials, and  who doesn’t want faster service? But what about running? Should you try to run faster? I’ve already mentioned in previous posts  (here and here) that  I’m jumping on the faster (running)  bandwagon in hopes to set a  PR at the Beach 2 Beacon Road Race in Cape Elizabeth, Maine running with the Cabot Fit Team.

I’m about 4 weeks into my new training and so far I have managed to avoid one of the biggest risks of running faster: injury (knock wood). But I  haven’t avoided ALL the cons of running faster: the work, the sweat, the pain. It’s not fun.

Here’s what’s  helping me push through my slowness ..

1. Faster tempo music. Please stay tuned for an updated playlist!

2. These:Newton Kismet Running Shoe. #feelNewton

Newton Kismet running shoes are making me feel faster. It’s a feeling I can’t explain, but it’s there. Why did I starting running in this shoe after 20+ years in another brand? It was shear serendipity. That’s right,  I never shopped  around for a different shoe. A better shoe. A faster shoe. But when Newton running asked members of the Cabot Fit team,

What’s important to you in a running shoe?

here’s what I told them:

I need a stability shoe, a wide toe box, and I run 25 miles weekly, but I’m trying to cut it back and improve my speed.

I have to say, they nailed it!  I love the support for my significantly pronated gait! These shoes are moderately soft, comfortable, much lighter than my previous trainers, and make me feel energetic. The fit  is perfection;  not too tight but not too loose, and plenty of wiggle room for my piggies.    I logged 14 miles in these my first week and  I have had NO break-in blisters or discomfort of any kind. A terrific transition to a terrific shoe .  Don’t take my word for it, discover for yourself  what they  mean when they say #feelNewton!

What attributes do you look for in a running shoe?

Have you ever worn Newton running shoe?

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