August...Gardens are in full bloom, cicadas are singing, sidewalks are sizzling and the humidity is so high my shirt is stuck to my back and my hair has never been more free spirited, But I LOVE it! It's what summer is all about.
August is the month for relaxing. Whatever that might be to you...people watching from a terrasse, chilling with friends on the patio or dangling your feet over the edge of a wooden warf into the calm water of a lake, its the perfect time of year isn't it? It's so... easy! No fuss hair, no fuss clothes, and no fuss entertaining!
To help you keep it that way, I'm posting have a couple of no fuss, low cal recipes. White wine Sangria and Crispy Kale chips. I can hear some of you groaning now....but just try them. I guarantee you will LOVE them. They're also delicious with an icy cold beer for the groaners amongst you!
Crispy Kale chips:
In addition to being delicious, kale is a rich source of the antioxidants lutein, Zeaxanthin, sulphoraphane and the Vitamins C and A. I first had it at a work party and was immediately hooked! (Thank you Grace)!
1 bunch Kale
1 Tbs Olive oil
Salt or other seasoning or grated parmesan
Preheat an oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper.
With kitchen shears remove the leaves from the thick stems and tear into bite size pieces. Wash and dry kale with a salad spinner. Drizzle kale with olive oil and sprinkle with salt or seasoning if using.
Bake 10 - 15 mins or until the edges brown but not burnt.
If you did not use salt or seasoning, sprinkle with grated parmesan...Enjoy!
Sparkling White Sangria
Sangria is a delicious fruit-based wine "punch" with its traditional heritage well rooted in Spain.
Typically, sangrias are made with red wine, fresh, seasonal fruit and a bit of bubbly water or citrus flavored soda. It is easy to make, easy to drink and a huge hit at summer get togethers.
- 1-2 bottles of crisp white wine (suggestion: 1 Sauvignon Blanc & 1 sparkling Vino Verde)
- 2 fresh or frozen local peaches, sliced
- 1 pint frozen raspberries
- 2 kiwis
- several sprigs of mint
- several sprigs of Stevia (both grow easily in a backyard garden)
Pour the wine into a large glass pitcher, add the sliced fruit and mint to the wine and add several sprigs of Stevia until desired flavour is reached. You might have to crush them a little to bring out the sweetness. Place the pitcher in the fridge for at least an hour to allow the flavours to infuse. Find a quiet spot outside to relax, sip, and catch up on a good book or chat with friends. A perfect way to end the day.