What constitutes a "successful" meal in your house? With two small picky eaters and a husband who tends to be as well, I call a successful meal one that leaves everyone at the table with a full belly. Full of something, anyway. Maybe not everything on the table, but something. When I made the Chicken Schnitzel I paired it with a couple of sides that were new to the taste buds of all of us. I did not have high hopes, but was somewhat pleased with the results:
Picky eater #1 tried everything (though I admit his bite of kale was minuscule and was sandwiched between bacon slices), but ate mainly chicken for supper.
Picky eater #2 crushed his kale chips, threw some chicken in the floor and ate mainly sweet potatoes for supper.
The husband tried everything but politely refused when I offered him more kale chips. 'Twas a texture issue for him.
I tried everything and enjoyed the kale in conjunction with the chicken a lot. I would have enjoyed the sweet potatoes even more if they had in fact been crispy, as a chip should be. I did enjoy the slightly sweet component they added to an otherwise savory meal.Sweet Potato and Kale Chips
adapted from Giada at Home
3 large kale leaves
2 sweet potatoes, unpeeled
salt and pepper
Put oven rack in center of oven. Preheat to 350. Remove the thick stem from the kale and discard. Cut the kale into 2 or 3 inch strips. Place in a large bowl and drizzle with olive oil. Toss well to coat each piece. Place in a single layer on a parchment lined baking sheet. Bake 10-12 minutes, until lightly golden and crispy. Season to taste with salt and pepper.
Using a mandoline or a sharp knife, slice potatoes to 1/8 inch thickness. Place in bowl and drizzle with olive oil. Toss well. Place in a single layer on a parchment lined baking sheet. Bake 12 minutes, then turn each slice over. Bake another 6-8 minutes, checking every 2 minutes and removing any chip that is already browned. Season with salt and pepper to taste.