Crunch!

September 12, 2010

After a lazy afternoon of reading, napping and lounging, we contemplated what to make for dinner. My Twitter friends were very inspiring! But we settled for a simple meal of my very favorite foods:

Kale

Sweet potatoes

Beans

Sharp cheddar cheese

Greek yogurt

[Where are the oats, pumpkin and peanut butter!?]

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It was an AMAZING combo. We simmered the beans in some BBQ sauce that got thick and syrupy. The potatoes were baked in the oven for an hour at 400* after being rubbed in olive oil and salt.

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The cheese + yogurt + sweet sauce + cinnamon was an excellent combo.

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Of course the kale was great – so I made a video!!

Crunch!! The Brain [Andrew] loved them.

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We had some tea to drink that Karen left.

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Movie time!!

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1 Jessica @ How Sweet It Is September 12, 2010 at 7:26 pm

Okay this is so gross, but I don’t ever wash my kale first. I always thought it would be too wet but never thought to add it to the spinner. Brilliant!

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2 Allie (Live Laugh Eat) September 12, 2010 at 7:54 pm

Jessica!! I think I saw them on the dirty dozen list at some point…wash, girl, wash!

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3 Jessica @ The Process of Healing September 12, 2010 at 8:04 pm

I buy the bagged washed kale… it’s a lifesaver!

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4 Gabriela @ Une Vie Saine September 12, 2010 at 7:28 pm

You definitely settled on a delicious dinner! I had a sweet potato with dinner tonight as well- so comforting as the cooler weather settles in.

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5 Errign September 12, 2010 at 7:28 pm

I JUST commented on your recipe page to say I made these for the first time tonight – coincidence! :)

I didn’t wash my kale either, Jessica, but I did pick it up from my local farm…it looked clean, lol!

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6 Sava September 12, 2010 at 7:29 pm

Now I’m craving Kale!
But unfortunately I ate the last of it yesterday and am not schedule for a grocery run for a day or two D:
Oh no!

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7 Bee Goes Bananas September 12, 2010 at 7:35 pm

I’ve never tried kale before, but I might have to try it now! I love your video and your accent! I’m from Canada and we speak a little differently up here! ;)

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8 Stacey September 12, 2010 at 7:35 pm

I have yet to try kale chips! It’s on my to-eat list ;) Enjoy your movie time!!

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9 Tracy September 12, 2010 at 7:37 pm

Hi Kath! Started reading your blog a few weeks ago and this is my first time commenting! I have to admit I’m still trying to catch up, a bit backlogged on all the entries (I think I’m on August 08 right now?) but love all your meal creations. :) Tried Greek yogurt for the first time recently and looved it, but I haven’t been able to try it with savory items such as cheese yet. Definitely will give that a shot when I can! Thanks for the posting and keep up the good work!

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10 Kath September 13, 2010 at 8:13 am

Welcome!!

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11 Estela @ Weekly Bite September 12, 2010 at 7:37 pm

This is making me want to put kale chips on my menu this week :)

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12 Mary @ Bites and Bliss September 12, 2010 at 7:38 pm

I loooveee savory sweet potatoes!! Looks like a perfect dinner.

Have fun watching the movie. :)

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13 stacey-healthylife September 12, 2010 at 7:40 pm

I love the simple idea of the beans simmering in BBQ sauce. I’m going to try that one. Beans and sweet potato is always a good match.

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14 Kristy @ KristyRuns.com September 12, 2010 at 7:43 pm

I still haven’t tried the bean + sweet potato combo. Looks so good!

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15 Valerie @ City|Life|Eats September 12, 2010 at 7:46 pm

oooh – love kale chips. I need to try roasting sweet potatoes. I always steam them by default.

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16 Lin September 12, 2010 at 7:49 pm

I’ve never made baked beans before but now I feel like I must! It looks so yummy combined with the sweet potato! I also love your kale chips video, I happen to burn my kale chips 50% of the time :-(.

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17 Nicole @ yuppie yogini September 12, 2010 at 7:49 pm

Kale and sweet potatoes are so yummy together. I like to steam my kale and drizzle a dressing of oil, apple cider vinegar, tamari, and Bragg’s over top.

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18 erica September 12, 2010 at 7:50 pm

i haven’t tried kale chips but that video makes it look so simple, i may give it a whirl!

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19 Allie (Live Laugh Eat) September 12, 2010 at 7:53 pm

Ahh you make me miss the South with your cute accent! Love your Alton Brown imitation :)

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20 Freja September 12, 2010 at 7:53 pm

I don’t comment much but had to this time on account of how hilarious the ending of your kale chips video was! I must try these!

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21 Allie September 12, 2010 at 7:54 pm

love the video- very cute. i never knew they were that easy to make!

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22 Katie September 12, 2010 at 7:56 pm

You can use any kale for chips, but the curly kale is the best, I think. I grow three kinds in my garden, but that is the one I always pluck for chips!

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23 Lee September 12, 2010 at 7:57 pm

That was a cute video at the end.

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24 Chelsey September 12, 2010 at 7:57 pm

mmm that looks delicious! I love the video!

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25 Detje Bea September 12, 2010 at 7:59 pm

Thanks for the video on the kale chips. I am going to make them tomorrow since I planted 4 kale plants in my garden and I have only used it in my soups and salads.

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26 Rhea (Greek Feaster) September 12, 2010 at 8:03 pm

I have that same spinner!
I may have to make some kale chippies this week.

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27 Jessica @ The Process of Healing September 12, 2010 at 8:05 pm

Sweet potatoes are definatley my go to dinner ingredient! I probably have several each week.. love them!

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28 Steph@stephsbitebybite September 12, 2010 at 8:07 pm

What a creative tater you’ve got there!! Looks so good

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29 Alex September 12, 2010 at 8:08 pm

LOVE the video! I never knew how to cook kale-chips, but now – problem solved! Now, I just have to find some kale…

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30 Erin September 12, 2010 at 8:08 pm

Cute video but I have to confess that I don’t like kale chips! Maybe I made them ‘wrong’ but they were so crispy, it almost felt like a knife cutting my throat and were, at the same time, crazily chewy…

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31 Julie @ Wearing Mascara September 12, 2010 at 8:13 pm

What a cute video! I actually never thought that I could make Kale chips without a dehydrator! Thanks for showing us that we can :-D

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32 Gina September 12, 2010 at 8:14 pm

I love, love, love sweet potatoes. The way you combined savory and sweet sounds perfect!

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33 Whitney @ Whitinspired September 12, 2010 at 8:18 pm

You totally made kale more appealing to me! I’m most definitely going to have to try those!

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34 Lisa @bakebikeblog September 12, 2010 at 8:24 pm

What a tasty dinner combination indeed!!!

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35 Heather September 12, 2010 at 8:30 pm

I love sweet potatoes and I was trying to convince my husband today that sweet potatoes would taste great with some chili on top – he disagreed!

Delicious looking dinner – sweet potatoes are one of my faves.

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36 Nancy @ The Wife of a Dairyman September 12, 2010 at 8:31 pm

That dinner looks fabulous! Good job Twitter peeps:) Hope you have a wonderful movie night:)

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37 holly @ couchpotatoathlete September 12, 2010 at 8:35 pm

I love sweet potatoes and your loaded SP looked excellent! Kale chips are delicious, but is that just plain ketchup on them?

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38 Kath September 13, 2010 at 8:14 am

Yup!

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39 Elaine September 12, 2010 at 8:36 pm

You’re KILLING ME! Baja Bean is one of my top 5 Charlottesville eateries, for real. I’m glad you liked it!!!

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40 Kris September 12, 2010 at 8:37 pm

I tried a sweet potato w/ baked beans for the first time tonight while DH had steak. He thought I was crazy, but it was really good (and now I have to show him the pic of your dinner). I sprinkled the beans w/ hot sauce. Now I just need to make the kale chips which I’m sure I will love since I like kale in all other forms :)

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41 Monique@She's Going The Distance September 12, 2010 at 8:40 pm

Your meals always look so gourmet :) Love it!!

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42 Michelle @ Give Me the Almond Butter September 12, 2010 at 8:46 pm

I haven’t had Kale chips in forever! Yummy :)

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43 Paige @Running Around Normal September 12, 2010 at 8:47 pm

What a simple, yet delicious looking meal combo! I haven’t had me some kale in a minute:)

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44 Heidi September 12, 2010 at 8:49 pm

I can’t believe I have never tried kale before! Ive heard so many raves about it, but for some reason it still intimidates me. It really is time to branch out, it seems like everyone on here loves it. lol Your dinner looks delicious Kath!

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45 Jean@RoastedRootsandPumpkinSpice September 12, 2010 at 9:00 pm

Haha I loved the video. You are so cute with your crunchy kale noise! Amazing looking dinner, by the way.

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46 Hillary [Nutrition Nut on the Run] September 12, 2010 at 9:19 pm

What is it that you put on your chips? Ketchup or Siracha? : )

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47 Kath September 13, 2010 at 8:14 am

Ketchup

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48 notyet100 September 12, 2010 at 9:24 pm

yummy platter as always

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49 Marisel September 12, 2010 at 9:35 pm

Mmm kale….I think I can eat kale every day in every way…anyway, looks like a really nice filling meal.

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50 Lindsey @ Gingerbread Bagels September 12, 2010 at 9:36 pm

I loved the video! I especially liked the end :) I really need to try kale chips, they sound yummy.

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51 Cara Craves... September 12, 2010 at 9:54 pm

I still don’t know what to make for dinner tonight…I hate feeling uninspired!
(I am a time-zone ahead, hence me thinking about dinner plans now)

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52 Heather (Heather's Dish) September 12, 2010 at 9:55 pm

i love your videos and your cute little accent :)

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53 lynn (The Actors Diet) September 12, 2010 at 9:57 pm

allllmost made kale chips tonight. but got lazy

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54 Camille September 12, 2010 at 10:00 pm

Mm, what a fabulous looking dinner! It is like a combo of all my favorite foods! :)

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55 Wei-Wei September 12, 2010 at 10:14 pm

LOVE the video. You’re too cute ;) Do you think it would work with any other kind of green?

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56 Kath September 13, 2010 at 8:15 am

It would have to be a really stiff green like kale. I haven’t tried it with others, but I bet it would work for some – perhaps mustard greens?

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57 steph @ goeatapeach September 12, 2010 at 10:35 pm

My roommate and I decided that Rev Soup was like a snooty boulangerie (sandwich shop/bakery) in Paris… bad service, closed whenever they feel like it (e.g. after 8 pm and every Sunday, in Rev Soup’s case), but the food is so good you can’t help but go back. It’s frustrating, but worth it.

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58 Laura (Blogging Over Thyme) September 12, 2010 at 10:48 pm

You have the strongest Southern accent, the first time on video it surprised me so much! :) I’m dying to make kale chips, I must get on that ASAP. Thanks for the instruction!

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59 Caitlin (EatFeats) September 12, 2010 at 10:56 pm

Cheese + yogurt = any meal is a great meal!

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60 [email protected] September 12, 2010 at 11:03 pm

Kale and Sweet Potato.. omg.. those two alone are me fuel for life <3

XOXO

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61 Aneesha September 12, 2010 at 11:08 pm

Dinner looks delicious, i hope i can expect Monson to come back a bonafide kale chip master!

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62 Kath September 13, 2010 at 8:15 am

He should be !!

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63 Hannah September 12, 2010 at 11:29 pm

How colourful! And yogurt and cheese is amazing – I’ll have to try it with cinnamon sometime :)

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64 SEM September 12, 2010 at 11:39 pm

Hi Kath,
I have loved reading your blog – thank you for sharing all that you do! As a dietician, do you have any ideas of where I could get resources for someone experiencing weight gain as a side effect of medication? The medication is Zyprexa… I’m not sure if its effect on weight is due to water weight gain, a slowing of the metabolism, or increase in appetite. I’m hoping to design a simple, not too expensive food plan. Thank you so much!

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65 Kath September 13, 2010 at 8:15 am

SEM, I’m afraid medication side effects are out of my scope of practice. I’d check with your doctor or pharmacist.

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66 Tammy September 13, 2010 at 12:54 am

Cute vid :) So… everyone on blogs seem to be makeing/loving kale chips so I was excited and made them a few weeks ago – but the flavor was SO strong… I tried them with ketchup the way you eat them and they were way better but I’m not a ketchup fan… so I tried mustard… :( Anyway so do you love kale steamed?? do you like the kale taste or are your chips not that kale-like??

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67 Kath September 13, 2010 at 8:16 am

What about BBQ sauce?

I do like the taste of kale, and like it steamed.

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68 Gracia September 13, 2010 at 2:01 am

That looks delicious! If only I could find kale over here… Maybe here in Spain is just not used, so they don’t sell it? It’s the exact same thing with rhubarb. I eat tons of it when I’m abroad so I can compensate for the total absence of it here.

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69 Freya (Brit Chick Runs) September 13, 2010 at 2:15 am

Oohh that sweet potato with the bbq beans looks INCREDIBLE!

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70 Stacey (The Habit of Healthy) September 13, 2010 at 4:12 am

Ok, I’m going to have to try kale chips. Good vid! :)

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71 Claire (www.saladmunchers.com) September 13, 2010 at 5:55 am

Oh, my! These look delicious, I am going to have to get to the store for Kale now!

Thanks Kath!

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72 Ally @ Girl in Her Kitchen September 13, 2010 at 6:28 am

This dinner looks amazing! It features all of my favorite things! I love kale chips and sweet potato and beans! I am just going to have to make this.

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73 Tracy September 13, 2010 at 6:40 am

Love kale chips!! Looks like a great healthy meal. Love it!

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74 Lauren at KeepItSweet September 13, 2010 at 7:03 am

yum love meals that are made up of typical sides

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75 Sarah (Running to Slow Things Down) September 13, 2010 at 7:41 am

I love kale chips! So yummy. I’ll need to check out some farmers markets soon. :D

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76 Amanda September 13, 2010 at 8:07 am

This meal looks delicious :)

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77 Astrid@ http://carfreeinannarbor.blogspot.com/ September 13, 2010 at 9:52 am

Great tutorial video! For a change of pace for seasoning options, Mama Pea of Peas and Thank You blog has a great BBQ spice mixture you might be interesting in trying.

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78 whitney September 13, 2010 at 10:04 am

I love all your Kale post. You really turned me on to Kale and not in a naughty way haha.

My father planted some in his garden this year because of you! and now we are going to have Kale and spinach out the ying yang. I can’t wait.

Thank you for all your awesome recipes and healthy ideas.

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79 Amber K September 13, 2010 at 11:02 am

I just can’t stand kale! I tried making these chips and they would taste GREAT at first (my seasonings are awesome) but then the aftertaste was absolutely awful. Just not for me!

But I tried roasted kohlrabi this weekend and it was amazing!

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80 Katheryn September 13, 2010 at 11:10 am

Cute video! Thanks for making it, I’ve been wanting to try kale chips, and now I don’t feel so apprehensive.

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81 Allison at WebWhatNot September 13, 2010 at 11:27 am

I made the kale chips last week according to your recipe, and they were way too salty! I’m glad I got to see the video today. I definitely added way too much salt. I’m going to try again this week and see if they pass the hubby test. :)

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82 Samantha @ A Blonde Behind The Bar September 13, 2010 at 11:40 am

he he, i LOVED your kale chip video! :D

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83 Julie September 13, 2010 at 12:11 pm

Thanks for the video. I’ve been wanting to make these and now I know how!

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84 Snehal September 13, 2010 at 12:17 pm

Awesome video!
Your blog is such an inspiration, keep it going :)

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85 Dee September 13, 2010 at 12:32 pm

Awww, what a cute video! I need a salad spinner STAT.

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86 Rebecca September 13, 2010 at 1:22 pm

Thanks for the video, Kath! I’ve been wondering how to make those for a while now. Easy easy!

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87 Lauren September 13, 2010 at 1:39 pm

Loooved the video!! Perfect timing-just bought kale to make your chips then watched this! Thanks Kath!

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88 Ashley M. [at] (never home)maker September 13, 2010 at 2:03 pm

Kale and sweet potatoes. I am a huge fan! I have these two things at least once a day. Best thing ever for athletes!!! Looks really good!

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89 Marci September 13, 2010 at 4:58 pm

I love your videos. So educational and fun. I went to buy kale to try it tonight!

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90 Chelsea @ One Healthy Munchkin September 13, 2010 at 6:01 pm

I’ve been looking for easy dinner ideas now that I’m back at school and have a lot less time to cook. This dinner looks perfect!

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91 Erika @ Food, Fitness, & Fun September 14, 2010 at 6:22 am

It amazes me how some people can just come up with a dinner by using a few ingredients they have on hand! I can’t… :-(

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92 amelia September 28, 2010 at 6:51 pm

!! I didn’t even think about the fact that you would have an accent! I am from California so it is an accent to me :)

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