Kale with Toasted Almonds and Italian Cheese

I realized that lately I’ve been eating a lot of kale. It probably has something to do with the fact that we buy a huge bag of it from Costco so I basically feel forced to consume it with every meal so we eat it all before it goes bad. But that definitely isn’t a bad thing and it’s fun to think of ways to incorporate it into my meals. For example, this morning I made a smoothie bowl for breakfast and added kale to my smoothie. For lunch, I made a tossed salad with it and for dinner, you guessed it, this kale almond cheese concoction. 

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Arrabbiata Lentil Pasta with Chicken Sausage and Kale

Please tell me I’m not the only one that completely stuffed their face last night.. And when I say stuff my face I mean I could not even control myself. I was like an unsupervised kid in a candy store. I think it’s because I’ve been so good lately and have been really trying to be stricter on myself in what I eat. I told myself that last night would be my cheat meal and that I deserved it. And I took FULL advantage of it. But thats okay. It was back to the grind this morning and I was fully okay with it. 

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Ground Turkey, Kale and Sweet Potato Skillet

Happy New Year!!! 

I hope the first few days of 2017 have been great to you so far! If you read my last post I talked a little bit about our NYE plans. Well if you’re wondering, the fried turkey was a success! And oh the relief we felt. We were pretty nervous about it because it was our first time cooking a whole turkey (which is always intimidating) and also because it was our first time using the infrared fryer we bought. I have to say it’s a bit risky to decide to throw a dinner party where you’re cooking something you’ve never cooked before using a piece of equipment you’ve never used before to cook it.. but I had full faith in us and we pulled through! I also made the traditional New Year’s sides like collards, black eyed peas (with brown rice), cornbread and I also added in mashed potatoes. A true southern feast! I think this might be a new tradition. Bringing in the new year with really good friends eating really good food and having a really good time.. nothing beats that.

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