Thursday, May 31, 2012

Toasted Italian Bread Crumbs

I decided to make toasted breadcrumbs for a couple of reasons.  I had leftover homemade wheat bread and it was getting stale.  Also, I toasted them because most times that I've used soft breadcrumbs in recipes I've been displeased with the results.  I have only used these on baked chicken so far, but they seemed to go over well in my house.  You can adjust the seasonings to your taste, but I used ingredients on the back of the 4-C whole wheat breadcrumb can as my guide.

First I put cut up pieces of bread into my food processor in batches. I used my Ninja, which I love! 

 Then I put the crumbs in a bowl and added the seasonings and Parmesan cheese and stirred to mix.

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Kale Chips

Kale Chips.  They seem to be all the rage, and really, they are delicious!  I love Kale Chips and so does my daughter.  My husband and son are not interested, but that's OK with me!  That just means more for my daughter and I.  These chips are very easy to make.  I just buy a bag of washed and cut kale for about $2.50.  It's a huge bag so it really seems like a great buy. I bought mine at Wal-Mart.

In addition to the kale, you'll need olive oil (extra virgin or regular), salt and a big bowl.

I preheated my oven to 375.  Next, I put about six or seven cups of kale in my large bowl.  You will have to remove the ribs from the kale if you want it to cook evenly.  Then I stirred in just enough olive oil to coat the leaves.

Friday, May 4, 2012

Knox Blox

 My kids really like jello, but I thought I'd give a try at making a healthy version.  On one website I recently saw the idea to make jello using pineapple juice.  So out to the store I went and bought some pineapple juice and Knox Gelatine.

Instead of needing to look up the recipe online, all I had to do was flip the box over to discover their recipe for Knox Blox.  It's their version of Jello Jigglers and I'm assuming it's been around a lot longer.  I've never really worked with plain gelatin so this was a first for me.


I started by measuring three cups of juice.  I then put this in the microwave and heated to boiling.