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Q&A With Dream In Green Girl

Q&A With Dream In Green Girl

I’m really excited to share with you all a Q&A I did with Katie from Dream In Green Girl.  I hope you enjoy taking a peak into how Love and Lentils began, what my food philosophies are, and even healthy grocery shopping tips.

Enjoy!

Thanks for reading,

Sophia

“Cheesy” Kale Chips

When I first started writing my blog, my first post was a super simple kale chip recipe which to this day is probably the most popular.  As delicious and nutritious as they were, I decided to jazz up the flavour and nutrient content with this new ‘cheesy’ recipe.  For those of you who loved the original recipe, I warn you, you’ll be devouring these!  The ‘cheese’ found here is nutritional yeast.  With such an unappealing name, somewhere down the line of nutritional yeast lovers, the nickname ‘nooch’ was born and caught on over the internet.  Nooch is a staple in my home.  When I adopted a vegetarian diet, my first health check showed a deficiency in vitamin B12.  B12 is not naturally found in plant foods.  It must be added as a supplement, as it is in nooch, making it a wonderful addition to a vegan/vegetarian diet.   The particular brand I use (Bob’s Red Mill) contains 300% percent of your daily recommended value of B12, but it is important to note that not all nutritional yeast contains B12 – so, read the labels (as always!)   Nooch is made up of many other healthy nutrients, but I mainly eat it for it’s yummy cheesy, nutty flavour and for the B12 content.  So, what exactly is it?  Nutritional yeast is an organism grown on beet and cane molasses, which is then harvested, washed, dried and deactivated with heat.  Since it is deactivated (killed), it won’t make your bread rise!  You can add it to just about anything to give your meal a cheesy flavour; roasted veggies, mashed potatoes, popcorn, and pasta sauces, to name a few.  Okay, back to the chips…

“Cheesy” Kale Chips Recipe

"Cheesy" Kale Chips ingredients

Ingredients:

  • 1 bunch kale (about 1 lb), washed, dried well, thick stems removed
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher sea salt
  • 2 tablespoons nutritional yeast
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil

Kale Chips with Nooch

"Cheesy" Kale Chips

Directions:

  • Preheat oven to 350°F.
  • Cut out the thick stems then wash the kale well.  Cut into large chip size pieces.  Dry it very well, using a salad spinner.
  • In a bowl, add kale, sea salt, nooch and olive oil.  Use your hands to mix it all well and get the kale covered in the oil and seasonings.
  • Spread out the kale on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper.
  • Pop in the oven for approximately 15 minutes, careful not to burn!
  • Remove from oven, and enjoy this nutritional snack!

"Cheesy" Kale Chips

Carrot, Apple, Ginger Juice

One word – delicious!  I whipped up this juice in minutes, and probably drank it just as fast.  Rich in vitamin A and C, beta-carotene, and other nutrients, it’s also a fantastic feeling knowing how healthy this is for you.  Ginger is amazing for your gut health, helping in digestion and also absorption of important nutrients in your body.

So, here it is!

Carrot Apple Ginger Juice

Carrot, Apple, Ginger Juice Recipe

Serves 1

Ingredients:

  • 3 washed carrots
  • 2 washed gala apples
  • 1 inch peeled ginger

Directions:

  • Process all ingredients in your juicer.
  • Pour into your cup and drink immediately.
  • Enjoy the deliciousness!

Super Good for You Chips

We’ve all been there, craving a late night salty snack.  Well, I like to skip the potato chips and indulge in these super-good-for-you crispy kale chips.  I love them, my three and a half year old son loves them, and even my dog loves them.

I absolutely love kale in general.  A nutrient powerhouse, one cup of kale has zero fat and only 36 calories and is high in vitamins and antioxidants.  Any time you see a dark green such as kale, it is a sign that it is highly concentrated with nutrients.
Here are just some of its wholesome features:

  • Super rich in vitamin K (which translates into a super antioxidant!)
  • High in fiber (assists in gut health)
  • High in iron (per calorie, more iron than beef)
  • High in vitamin A (great skin, yes please)
  • High in vitamin C (great for your immune system)
  • High in calcium (per calorie, more calcium than milk!)

Super Good for You Chips

Kale Chips Recipe

Ingredients:

  • 1 bunch of kale, stems cut off and leaves washed thoroughly
  • 1 tbsp. olive oil
  • a small pinch of kosher sea salt

Directions:

  • Preheat oven to 350°F.
  • Cut the thick stems from the kale leaves and then cut (or just tear) the kale into chip size pieces.
  • Wash the kale thoroughly, and dry the kale very thoroughly using a salad spinner.
  • Lay the kale out on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper.
  • Drizzle the olive oil over the kale and top with a pinch (go lightly) of sea salt.
  • Pop in the oven for 10 minutes, remove and ENJOY!