Hi there. Welcome back! We’re doing a weekly series that publishes every Tuesday wherein we are cooking through one of our FAVE cookbooks : Eat Happy! If you missed the intro post you can click on over here to read that.
We are starting with the very first recipe and working our way all the way through to the end. We will not be sharing with you the actual recipes that we cook. We WILL be sharing our experience during the whole process and our opinion of the outcome. So thanks for stopping by…and let’s dive in to this week’s recipe shall we?
Today’s post is a joint effort. Rhonda is handling the Kale Chips and Ashley is going for the deviled eggs. 🙂
I am no stranger to kale chips. I hate the ones you can buy in the store, but have always enjoyed making them at home for a crispy snack. When I looked over Anna’s recipe, I thought, cool… I just need to buy kale and White Balsamic Vinegar. Easy, right? LOL.
Truth be told, my kale chip experience was supposed to go up last week, but I have struggled to find the white balsamic. I have gone to every store in my area. I finally gave up and decided to use the regular balsamic that I have at home.
Listen, the recipe calls for washing and drying and cutting up a bunch of kale. Ain’t nobody got time for that when the store sells it in giant bags already prepped. I used to eat a lot of kale and I have never bought it in any other form.
One thing that makes cooking more enjoyable for me, along with having a drink and dancing to some loud music, is having cooking tools that I enjoy. I recently got these copper pinch bowls at Target and am pretty much OBSESSED. I also got a new set of measuring cups and spoons because we were missing so many. That mixing bowl? Yep, it’s new too because I never have any the size I need!
Anyway, these were quick to prep and they cooked in half the time, thanks to me using prepped kale. The pieces are smaller than they would have been if I had used a bunch and cut it myself.
I have made kale chips probably 30 times, and loved them every time. These were on another level though and I will absolutely be making them again. I mean, I do have a giant prepped bag of kale to go through now.
Sooo, deviled eggs? Listen, I’m southern so I for sure love some deviled eggs. They’re like a staple in our diet around here. Granted – typically they are loaded with unnecessary things like cornbread or some other form of bread crumb BUT we are still down with the deviled egg here in the south.
I baked my eggs instead of boiling them. Y’all – it’s so much easier. Thank you to Rhonda for introducing me to that life hack.
Besides the absence of some kind of grain being stuffed into these bad boys – Anna’s Deviled Eggs are missing that usual key deviled egg ingredient : mayonnaise. If I had to admit any kind of apprehension when making these, it would be that I was for sure that without mayo these bad boys wouldn’t taste quite right.
I literally had an internal battle raging the entire time of… maaaaybe I could just put like a dollop of mayo in the mix. I repeatedly had to tell myself to trust Anna – cause she hasn’t let me down yet. 🙂 OH and the green onions. Cause I’m just not a raw onion (of any kind) fan. Again, I trusted Anna.
I ‘got fancy’ as Anna said and put my deviled egg filling in a zip lock baggie to dispense it into the egg halves. Why? In actuality, it was because that was way less messy than spooning it into each egg half. Also, I may or may not – ok actually I did – eat some of the filling straight from the zip lock bag when I was finished filling all my eggs. It’s so good man. So good. I didn’t even miss the mayo! Nor did I mind the green onions. I was shook.
Now, because I’m from the south I couldn’t resist sprinkling the filled eggs with some kind of red spice. Typically people use paprika – I like things real spicy so I grabbed some chili powder. To be fair, I did taste one without the chili powder and it was delicious. 🙂 So good – and so good for you cause there’s no pesky grains or sugars added to these babies.
If you want to read through our other Eat Happy posts…I’ve got them all lined up for ya!