Kale Mary!


Summer is here, temps are high, so cooking extreme meals isn’t really the most appealing thing to do.  I love kale chips but right now don’t feel like turning on the oven so was looking for something else to do with that health-benefit-bearing kale.  Though I don’t really enjoy it raw when it’s in large pieces, I learned a couple years ago to take it to the food processor!

Was trying to clear out some stuff from my kitchen and came up with the following combo based on my mood:

-kale
-frozen mangoes (chunks — love the ones from Trader Joe’s)
-peanuts
-basic seasoning of garlic, onion powder, lemon juice, S&P, olive oil

So, I just put the kale (stems removed) in the food processor bit by bit to get it to the texture I like.  Then I threw the frozen mango chunk in there and just pulsed a couple times and it got them into smaller, yet still good size pieces.  Threw the spices in and perfect.  Removed it from the food processor and stirred the peanuts in.  Then tossed in some canned tuna.  So good, very filling and healthy.

What’s great about this quick recipe is that there are so many options.  You just need the base of kale and can change the rest around:

-Any fruit, fresh or dried (have used apricots and cherries before)
-Any nuts (almonds, walnuts, etc)
-So many spices!
-So many meats, if you even want them.  How about a nice grilled chicken breast or seared tuna steak to serve on the side?

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