Monthly Archives: August 2012

Kale and Bacon Risotto

Given that my family LOVED my Garlic Lemon Kale Pasta and kale is so good for you, I decided to experiment with another tasty kale recipe.

Risotto is one of my favorite dishes, and it’s really not difficult to make (you just have to stir it constantly, which means it’s not the dish to make when you’re home alone with the kids). But if your other half is available to run interference on the little ones, this dish is a great way to get a super healthy veggie into your kids’ tummies. Olivia ate her entire helping AND polished off the leftovers for lunch the next day!

Kale and Bacon Risotto

1 1/3 cups uncooked arborio rice
4 cups chicken broth
1 clove of garlic, minced
1 bunch kale, cleaned, de-stemmed, and rough chopped
1 tsp crushed red pepper
5 slices of bacon
2 tbsp grated Parmesan cheese
2 tbsp olive oil
Salt and Pepper, to taste

Cook the bacon until just crispy; crumble and set aside.

In a large sauté pan over medium to medium-high heat, drizzle a tbsp of olive oil and add the kale. Cook, stirring frequently, until the kale is tender; add the crushed red pepper, mix well, and then pour into a bowl to set aside.

Heat the chicken broth over low heat in a small saucepan.

In your sauté pan, add the rest of the olive oil and the garlic. Sauté the garlic over medium heat for just a minute, and then add the rice. Cook the rice for 1-2 minutes, and then ladle in 1 cup of the broth and stir constantly until the liquid is absorbed. Continue to add the rest of the broth 1/2 cup at a time, waiting until the liquid in the pan has been absorbed before adding more. Be sure to stir constantly while the rice is cooking.

When all of the broth has been added and absorbed, stir in the kale, bacon, Parmesan cheese, salt and pepper. Remove the risotto from the heat and serve immediately.


Get a Jump on Fall Fashion with Great Sales!

I haven’t even taken my summer vacation yet, but I am already getting ready for fall. Lucky for me (and you!), many stores are too. Most stores are putting new fall merchandise on sale to entice customers in the door, hoping that they’ll help to clear out the summer inventory as well while they’re there. Gap was having a 40% off sale the other day, and I snagged this great sweater for $24. From the look of things, stripes are going to be HUGE this fall, because they are showing up everywhere!

Gap Colorblock Sweater, $39.95

I also picked up a pair of jeans while I was at the Gap because my favorite pair are so well-loved that they have holes in the knees. The 1969 Sexy Boot jeans fit really well, and they’re just $59.50. I just can’t justify the crazy-expensive jeans I used to buy pre-Olivia. It’s way more fun to spend that money on cute new clothes for her!

Gap 1969 Sexy Boot Jeans, $59.50

A couple of days before that, I picked up a pair of skinny cords from Target. They are a bit darker in person than they are in the picture below (more of a mustard yellow), which makes them great for fall. And at $23, you can’t beat the price! While I love, love, love my Vintage Matchstick Cords from J.Crew, even at the outlet they’re just a bit more than $23, so I couldn’t pass these up. (Not that that will stop me from scoping out the outlets on vacation to hopefully pick up another J.Crew pair!)

Target Mossimo Cords, $22.99

Have you come across any great fall fashion deals? Be sure to share the details!