Thursday, October 8, 2009

Dinner That is Easy, Healthy and Tastes Good

New plan. Instead of naming posts with misleading words like "edition" in the title, I will name posts after Google searches that I would like to lead people here. And then be only slightly less misleading because for every Cooking Light recipe or farmer's market trip, there's an all-butter crust just lurking in the darkness.

What? This doesn't look evil to you? Of course it doesn't. It is fresh kale that has been lightly tossed in extra virgin olive oil and the juice of half a lemon. There is nothing wrong with this picture beyond the portion but, never you worry, it cooks down.

See? 10 minutes at 425. Seasoned lightly with sea salt and pepper then piled as a mountain on a plate. It is flanked by the slices of a freshly picked apple and a few thin slices of extra sharp white cheddar cheese. The only diabolical thing here is that it tastes. so. good. Crisp kale with a lemon zing. Crunchy sweet apple with creamy cheese. It is hardly gourmet but it is dangerously good.

Like pie is good. Like cake is good. Like croissants and bechamel sauce are good. Cue Linda Blair.

I don't mean to be evil. I really don't. I want to be inspired and collected and self-disciplined. It's just that pie occasionally gets in the way. Pie and my cat. I'd blame the couch but the couch is mostly innocent this time. If I don't get up off it, it's the fault of HC putting her paw in my outstretched hand, creating warm spots all over this chilly apartment.

Alas, she refuses to be held accountable. Typical. Thus, I must bear my own burden. It's time to get back to the gym. It's time to deep-dive into these beautiful fall veggies. It's time to make time. Tasty, flaky roadblocks are allowed so long as I'm in good enough shape to jump over them.


janine said...

I'm with you on this. I just returned from a Missouri farmers market trip where I had apple pie at lunch and gooseberry pie at dinner. Gooseberry pie, I say. But kale is great too!

Kenneth and Kristin said...

Hey Jessie,

Just started reading your blog and I love it, it's so you! :) I think it's fantastic that you incorporated your cat into your post (I'm guilty of the same) and I'm looking forward to stealing some recipes since I'm a miserable cook!

xo Kristin (Riekels) Bishop

TKTC said...

Janine- Gooseberry pie. At least is your case, you can do these things as part of a great "mission." What a fantastic mission it is!

Kristin- SO FUN. I love that my offline friends sometimes read my online ramblings. And I clearly need to become a regular on your blog because it clearly involves your adventures in Asia and the finding of kittens!!

RebeccaC said...

I have an unnatural allegiance to krispy kale...though I've never tried it with lemon juice. The bunch in my fridge is destined for this treatment now.

Amanda @ Cakes and Ale said...

Yum - kale chips are divine. Not to mention sharp cheddar cheese!

Doniree said...

I am always looking for new ways to cook greens - I typically sautee them and always end up with too much oil... this looks WAY better! :) Thanks!

TKTC said...

RCA- Pretty sure you're the person that introduced me to kale chips...I just "Hellenized" them with the lemon")

Amanda- It's October in the Midwest. There's more divine than I can personally keep up with but that won't stop me from trying:)

Doniree- I find eggplant to be my great oil-eater. I love it but wish the dehydration process wasn't so time-consuming. Those suckers are little sponges!

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