Goals with Kale Chips

Happy New Year everyone! I hope you all had a bit of a break where you could spend time with your friends, family, ate lots of good food and cozied on up in front of the fire with a magazine.

You might be surprised to know that I don’t believe in New Year’s resolutions. I don’t. I believe that the hype around resolutions sets you up for failure – so I’ve never made them. I heard on CBC Radio 2 the other day that only 8% of people who make resolutions keep them for the year – so that tells you something right there.  What I do believe in is making goals. In my final year of University I had a wonderful private voice teacher who taught me one of the most valuable lessons in my life. Write out your goals. And not just “one day I want to be…” kind of thing. She made everyone in the studio sit down and figure out our goals for the year, for 3 years and for 5 years. Specific goals. It was one of the scariest project I had ever had to do. Partly because (and I said this to her when I was struggling with the task) I was afraid that if I didn’t accomplish what I had written on paper that I would be considered a failure. But I know now that is not true. Since then I have continued to write out my goals and revisit them throughout the year to stay on track.

Brought a smile to my face & a reminder about perspective.

I thought I would share with you some of my goals for this year (also sharing with you makes me even more accountable…errr…I mean motivated to accomplish them). Some people like to write them out as I do but you could also make yourself a vision board. Check out what Angela has done for this coming year as an example of a vision board.

1. Train for and run my first half marathon.

2.  Grow my own herb garden on my balcony.

  • Not only would this shed some dollars off the grocery bill, it would make sure that we have more organic produce in the house. Which brings me to goal number three…

3.  Switch to more organic produce.

  • Although many of you may be aware of the recent study that shook up the organic advocates this year saying that organic does not have more nutrients then conventionally grown produce – the truth of the matter is that eating organic means that you don’t eat something that has been genetically modified AND you are not putting harmful chemicals into your body (chemicals that could cause Cancer). I am going to start with the dirty dozen that I eat and juice a lot with – leafy greens, apples etc..but I will find the BEST deal in town so that it still fits in our budget! I’m determined.

4. Make home-made nut milk.

  • If my brother can do this then so can I. Right now we spend about $3 a carton on organic nut milk and I believe that we can cut this from the grocery budget by making our own. Plus I think it would be really fun!

5. Eat even more plant-based foods and create amazing recipes for my family (and my awesome readers ;) )

  • A lot of this inspiration comes from wanting to push my abilities with food even further and from Thrive Forward! If you haven’t signed up for this free online resource and you want to start pushing your limits in the kitchen, sign up!

6. Volunteer more.

  • I want to find an organization here that I can volunteer my time and abilities! There is always someone who has less than you and sometimes all they need is a helping hand.

7. Grow my own sprouts at home.

  • HA! I saw that face! Half of you think I am crazy and turning way too hippie for you, but never fear! This is a great way to get fresh enzymes and minerals into your diet and can be tremendously good for your digestive system.

8. Learn more about holistic nutrition.

  • I have learned so much already about how food can heal the body, but I would like to take some courses at The Canadian School of Natural Nutrition. They offer part-time and online options.

9. Create more natural beauty care product recipes.

  • Last year I switched to making my own deodorant (recipe to come!) and I would like to make more natural beauty care recipes and share them with all of you!

10. Go to Hawaii for my 10 year anniversary.

  • That’s right! October 2013 marks my 10 year anniversary of being cancer-free and I REALLY want to go to Hawaii to celebrate! It is going to happen – I am determined!

Well, that is what I am going to share with you. I have my long-term goals as well, but I will not bore you with those details. Hopefully sharing this will inspire you to write your own goals for this coming year! Now for today’s recipe!

When I was trying to find ways to eat more kale and get more leafy greens into my diet, I came up with this recipe. Although eating the kale raw is better for you then heating it, this is a great place to start if you are trying to get this amazing vegetable into your diet. And let’s be honest…

I need to get more kale into my meals!

I had to work with kale A LOT before I found recipes that I liked. The key with kale is that you need to massage the oil into it. Once I learned this trick, I was in kale heaven. I have now created enough recipes that I can have it in my diet almost everyday! Don’t worry, I will share them all with you!

Kale Chips with Feta Cheese
  • 1 bunch kale, washed, taken off the stem & torn into pieces
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • Juice from 1 SLICE of lemon
  • pepper (to taste)
  • 1 oz of feta cheese
  1. You have two options. Preheat oven at 200 degrees to cook slowly for several hours until crisp. Or, preheat oven at 425 degrees to cook more quickly. The first option there is less chance of burning with more chance to keep nutrients in the chips. Option two is sometimes what you have to do when you are in a rush but you run the risk of burning so PAY ATTENTION ;)
  2. Take cleaned and torn kale and massage olive oil until kale is soft and supple.
  3. On a large baking sheet lined with parchment paper, spread kale evenly.
  4. Take the slice of lemon and sprinkle juice over the kale.
  5. Put some pepper in it.
  6. Place in oven. If going low and slow, cook for approx 2 hrs turning chips once. Place feta on near the end of cooking time so it melts and gets crispy. If going with high and fast option, cook for 15mins, turning once. Place feta over chips and cook another 5-10 mins watching very carefully until chips and feta are crisp.
  7. Enjoy as a snack or as a side for dinner!

What are your goals for the coming year?


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4 Responses to Goals with Kale Chips

  1. Aww thank you so much for the mention Suzanne!! I love that quote by Jon Acuff – so, so true. And a whopping huge CONGRATULATIONS on your 10 year cancer free status!! That is amazing and I’m so, SO happy for you! Hawaii sounds like the perfect celebration. I’d love to go there some day. It sounds like you’ve got some great goals set for the year and I’m sure you’ll do brilliantly at them. Can’t wait to follow along!

    • Suzanne says:

      Thanks Angela! I am very excited and looking forward to October 2013 when it is my true anniversary! Pinterest is so great for finding inspirational quotes (I’m becoming a little addicted…)! Thank you for following along, as I have always been inspired by your blog! Happy New Year to you! xo

  2. Stacey B. says:

    I was so happy to come across this post! This really was such an inspiration and I have to say you are quite ambitious for 2013. It seems every new years resolution I have ever made starts off strong and ends without success (same with my dieting!). I really like what you have said about making goals instead…. I believe it’s all about a lifestyle change, a change of mindset, an attitude adjustment! This year my lifestyle change is going to incorporate a gluten free diet! I have quite a few friends who are gluten intolerant and have heard from a number of them that there are some amazing gluten free recipes out there that are delicious and extremely healthy (and assist with weight loss!). They have opened my eyes to the wonderful world of gluten *and even dairy free cooking* and I would highly recommend the website http://www.ninacucina.com. I recently purchased her book, Nina Cucina: Your Healthy Gourmet and I have become addicted to gluten free recipes! I am not a great cook but I found this book (and website) so informative and so easy to follow. For every single recipe the author, Nina Pucillo, gives the nutritional value of each dish and step-by-step instructions on how to prepare the dish. All of the dishes featured in the book are totally gluten-free and Nina has included many recipes that are dairy-free too! Thanks for sharing! I hope my suggestion helps too :) Fingers crossed this new way of thinking and all of these new recipes help me out in the new year! Good luck to you (especially on that Hawaii trip!)!

    • Suzanne says:

      Thanks Stacey! I’ll have to check it out. You should check out thriveforward.com and sign up for their free online educational program. Changing habits that we have been doing for years can take time so just make small steps and you will get there!

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