Garlicky Kale

OMGDear Monday, can you please just… not? I’d greatly appreciate it. I absolutely do not want to go back into the office tomorrow so please, please, please, I am literally begging you, let the weekend stay! Just another day. Okay, I understand I have to go to work tomorrow but there will come a day where I do not have to do that. Can’t wait.

Okay. Anyway – HAPPY FATHER’S DAY! Today is going to be a great day because it’s all about my dad & my grandpa! Ya know, I am really so lucky to have the family that I have. Sure, like all families, I can get irritated with them (except my grandparents… never get irritated with them!! PS HEY GRANDMA) and vice-versa. But holy heck, we are all pretty close with each other and I think that’s really cool, especially now that we’re all getting older and living further away from each other.

Friday evening and Saturday went by WAY TOO FAST. Matt and I had to go to Lake Forest to drop something off and I wanted to show him this super tacky house which then led us to checking its worth on Zillow. And then this led to us going to see Jay Cutler’s and Kristin Cavallari’s old home because we are #STALKERS (they’re NOT living there anymore) and WOW the outside is very underwhelming. But the kitchen is beautiful & it’s 100-yards from Lake Michigan so I guess that’s how the $4.75M price tag is justified? Not sure, all I know is: I won’t be living in that house any time soon (or ever, really). And once we got home, Matt went for a run and I went back to my old stomping grounds: THE POOL! It was teen-night and I gotta say…  I do NOT miss working that rental 😉

Saturday morning was weird because I woke up at 6AM. Wide awake. And confused. Confused because when I wake up at 6:15 during the week, I’m exhausted and discombobulated, and have somewhere to be. But on the weekends? Sure, body, wake me up at 6 feeling all refreshed. It’s fine. I spent most of the day doing a whole lot of nothing aside from my run & getting Thai food. I also saw Rough Night which is not as bad as Rotten Tomatoes says it is!

Garlicky Kale

OMG okay enough about my weekend; if you read that, I’m sorry. I can go on and on and on. It’s time to talk about this Garlicky Kale. And let me just preface this by saying: I am not huge on kale. I can do baby kale in my smoothies and that’s about it. But no. I actually was reading how Juli Bauer of PaleOMG makes her kale and was like, “omg, she makes kale sound delicious.” So I took a few liberties with the recipe; namely, I just prepared the kale in bacon fat, sprinkled in minced garlic, and topped with a healthy dose of sea salt. UM, YES. I’m a KALE CONVERT, Y’ALL.. Like, I still probably wouldn’t eat it raw, like in a salad. But toss it in some bacon fat and garlic and I’M IN THERE LIKE SWIMWEAR for Garlicky Kale. You can also toss your Garlicky Kale in with some sweet potatoes and top with an egg & BAM! You’ve got a great meal.

garlicky kale breakfast

Garlicky Kale

  • Yield: A metric crap-ton of kale
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 15 minutes


  • 3-4 slices of bacon (I grab whatever is cheapest, usually #ballinonabudget)
  • A few handfuls of kale, off the stalk and chopped (or ripped apart)
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced (or 1 tbsp minced garlic)
  • 2 tsp sea salt


  1. Over the stove, cook up your bacon the way you like it. I like mine nice and crispy 😉

  2. Remove bacon from your pan and drain most of the bacon grease out, but not all, before tossing in your kale and garlic

  3. Saute the kale until wilted - it tastes too much like dirt when it's still hard

  4. Combine your chopped bacon, kale & garlic and give a good mixin'

  5. Serve it up & sprinkle the sea salt on top!


No, this recipe is not vegetarian or vegan thanks to the bacon grease but you can easily omit the bacon grease and replace with something like olive oil! Or coconut oil!