i have a secret . . .

>> Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Now that the holidays are over. I feel like it's OK to share this bit of information with you all. You see, Stephen is an English teacher by school year. But he doubles as Santa on Christmas Eve.

I knew many of you wouldn't believe me, so I snapped some proof this year.


Shocking, I know. Even more shocking, though, is Santa's favorite lunch-time meal -- full of leafy greens. He cooks it every night before bed. Lucky girl that I am, he sometimes shares it with me.


COOKED KALE AND CHICKPEA SALAD
(Print this Recipe!)

What you'll need . . .
  • 1 to 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 4 to 5 large handfuls of fresh kale
  • 1 to 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • up to 1/2 cup water
  • Red pepper flakes, to taste
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
  • 1 can chickpeas, drained and rinsed
Method . . .
  1. In a large stock pot over medium heat, heat the olive oil and toss in the kale.
  2. Pour the lemon juice in and a bit of water (maybe 1/4 cup). Add the red pepper flakes, salt, and pepper. Cook until kale cooks down.
  3. Then add in the chickpeas. Cook for another couple minutes -- adding more water if necessary. (It should be damp, but not soggy.)
  4. If you'd prefer crispy kale, we've got a recipe for that, too!


Unfortunately, children are afraid of a skinny Santa, even despite his best attempts to fatten up (or fake it with a pillow strapped to his waist). So, it looks like Stephen will need another gig next year.

I know when I was a kid, I wouldn't have trusted a St. Nick who snacks on kale!

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