kale chicken ceasar salad

If you thought I would post this last week and not follow through on it, clearly you haven’t learned a thing about me. As soon as I saw this, I knew I would make it. I wanted to add salmon and be real fancy but we didn’t have any so I decided chicken would do.

I followed this recipe with a few minor changes and it turned out great. Even the pickiest of eaters (my boyfriend) liked it. And that says a lot. I made bigger croutons and topped them with cheese then put them under the brolier. I highly suggest this. I suggest making the croutons and just eating them also.

KALE CHICKEN CEASAR SALAD (adapted from here)

1 bunch of lacinto kale
2 roasted chicken breasts or rotisserie chicken from the grocery
1 cup olive oil
1 large egg yolk
2 lemons
6 cloves of garlic
salt & pepper
freshly grated parmesan cheese (the good shit, okay?)
1/2 loaf french bread

Step 1: Cut kale into 1 inch pieces. Easier said that done. You want to remove the stalks, because they are quite unpleasant, and then cut each piece. Be sure to wash kale very well and dry completely. I did assembly line style and dried a few pieces at a time.

Step 2: Slice bread into 1/2 inch slices and brush each side with olive oil and lightly salt. I toasted mine in the toaster oven and as the second side was nearly toasted, I added the shredded cheese. You could do this in a 400º oven as well but be sure to keep an eye on them!

Step 3: While the bread is toasting, make the dressing! Add the juice from the two lemons to a blender with the egg yolk, garlic and salt and pepper. With the blender on, slowly stream the olive oil into the blender. Be sure to do this slowly or you will screw it up and you will more than likely cry. The dressing will be really thick when you’re all done.

Step 4: Chop or shred your chicken breasts.

Step 5: Dress the kale. You won’t need all the dressing but be liberal with it. I went as far as to massage my dressing into the kale and let it sit in the fridge for about 15 minutes. You don’t have to do this, I just really hate raw kale.

Step 6: Add chicken to kale, add remaining cheese and throw on some croutons. You’re all set!

gingerbread house

This year, like the past few, I conned my boyfriend into making a gingerbread house for with me. And like the past years, he agrees and gets way too into it and I’m put on frosting duty.

What I’ve learned is that you don’t try to get between a man and his house.

I would have got some pictures of him assembling the actual house but I was in my place, in the kitchen, making more icing. I do what I’m told…sort of. And yes, that is a hot glue gun. Obviously we take this shit seriously. Which makes me wonder why the hell you would ever do something like this with children.

I was in charge of exterior illumination (read: chicklets), eating cookies, peep snowmen and decorating the front yard.

All in all, I’d say this turned out pretty damn well. We had trees and snowmen in the front yard with a candy cane archway and peppermint retaining wall. There are WAY more photos but I figured looking at 6 would be plenty.

feliz cumpleanos, madre!

I’m bilingual, didn’t you know?

Today is my Momma’s birthday but I won’t tell you how old she is because she would more than likely get on a plane and kick my ass right proper. Or disinherit me, whichever was more convenient.

Mom, I hope you love your gift card and put it towards something you really love that we both know I cannot afford.

For all curious, yes, that baby who looks like a little boy is yours truly. I had a faux hawk before it was a thing. Look at me, setting trends in 1985. I think I had more hair, but it all fell out so we were working on the re-growing of my fabulous mane that I now call mine today.

sayonara, sugar.

Yesterday was my first official day without sugar. Do you believe any of that shit? But seriously, we even had a cookie swap at work and I didn’t even eat a single cookie or think about eating a cookie. I’m giving up sugar because I don’t want to die. Okay, that was dramatic, but I don’t…want to die. Or have an MRI with blood work but the latter I cannot control.

What does this mean for you? Well, it means not a lot of treats. I can hear you rejoicing, Rita! You’ll be seeing more savory things around these here parts. I even pulled a few recipes I’ve been eyeing to whet your appetite. See how nice I am?

We’ve really been trying to stick to a mostly paleo diet because I honestly feel so much better eating paleo and three of these recipies (if we hold those croutons) are paleo. OBVIOUSLY mac and cheese isn’t but it’s one of my favorite things. My grandma made the best mac and cheese ever and I wish it was a recipe and I wish I had learned how to make it. Like, so good. No sauce just some flour, salt, pepper, and sliced cheddar and shells. Grandma Rose was a cooking genius. But I digress.

I just saw this Kale Caesar Salad yesterday and I’m already dying to make it. I know it’s going to be delicious. Maybe you haven’t heard but roasted vegetables is the tits. It’s like the best thing ever and surely this roasted cauliflower will not disappoint. This goes without saying, but if you don’t like mac and cheese you’re not American and may. Braised anything is delish but something braised that I can eat a multitude of ways is great for lunches which is why I’m real excited about the Mexican Braised Beef.

So what do you all think? Are you okay with this change or will you cry diabetic tears on your keyboards?