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VEGAN CHICKEN NUGGETS (AKA ROASTED CAULIFLOWER) & KALE CHIPS {healthy post monday} …

I couldn’t resist sharing one more pic of my girl’s new hair-do she gave herself Monday night after we tucked her into bed. You can read the story and see more pics here. Never a dull moment around here and I love it. 

If you’ve read “Healthy Post Monday” at all the last several weeks, you know my new fav food blog is Chocolate Covered Katie.  She has awesome vegan, healthy dessert recipes, as well as non-dessert recipes on her cute blog. We tried her healthy vegan "Cauliflower Chicken Nuggets" the other night and they were a hit! We are having them again this week …

I made Kale Chips to go with the “nuggets.” We have them at least twice a week. My kids love them.

They are so light and crispy, they literally in your mouth.

Kale Chips are not like tortilla chips or potato chips. You can’t dip them in salsa or bean dip. They are too fragile and crispy.  

To make Crispy Kale Chips, all you need is:

1 bunch of Kale

Extra-Virgin Olive Oil to taste

Sea Salt and Pepper to taste

Bake at 350 degrees for 10-15 minutes.

A couple tricks I have found when making Kale Chips are to use a big knife to remove the stalk from the leaf. I then stack the leaves on top of each other to cut bite size pieces all at one time. I place them flat on the baking sheet, close together so the olive oil pours on the leaves, not the pan. In order for each piece to be perfectly roasted and crispy, they must not be piled on top of each other, but be in a single layer across your pan. Drizzle a little olive oil over the Kale, lightly sprinkle a little salt & pepper to taste, then bake. Best if eaten immediately.

Kale is EXTREMELY healthy. It is a superfood, meaning it has a super-duper amount of nutrients and health benefits. We always use it when we juice raw fruits and vegetables. You can also add it raw to a mixed salad. It is an excellent source of antioxidant vitamins A, C, and K. It also contains calcium, vitamin B6, and magnesium. It is a good source of minerals copper, potassium, iron, manganese, and phosphorus. Choosing super-nutritious kale on a regular basis may provide significant health benefits, including cancer protection and lowered cholesterol.

Research has been linked to many health benefits of cauliflower including possible cancer prevention, better digestion, antioxidants, anti-inflammatory (helps to prevent chronic inflammation that leads to conditions such as arthritis, chronic pain, and certain bowel conditions), B vitamins, heart health, and weight loss. Before this new recipe, I used to always eat it raw. I want to try to mash them like potatoes next. Yummm. Doesn’t that sound good?!