I keep joking with my friends that if I keep up eating the way I have been I will need to change my website to chubbymommy.com

Can you say chocolate butter?!

I am serious. I ate chocolate butter a couple of  weekends ago when I went out to dinner with my friends.
I am an eater.
I love to eat.
It brings me so much joy.
It is making my pants seriously tight.
(Which is why I am sitting here wearing my elastic banded pants this afternoon ;).)

Anyway, after a horribly stressful week of trying to get my product manufactured for the first time, of cooking live for the first time, and having the boys by myself for many nights, I am so happy to be back in my routine, which includes a very healthly, yummy lunch like this one-Creamy Kale Ceasar Salad.

And just to be clear-I do not regret eating chocolate butter or the other happy indulgences this weekend.

80/20, my friends!

Here’s What You Need Salad: (4 Dinner Sides or 2 Lunch Entrees)
Bunch of lacinto kale
1/4 cup of grated parmesan
1/4 cup of evoo
1/2 tsp sea salt
1/2 tsp black pepper
1/8 cup pine nuts
Juice of 1 lemon
2 anchovies*

Here’s What You Do:
Blend all the ingrients from kale through anchovies until smooth. I like to transfer it to a jar to shake right before serving. Chop the kale and add the dressing and croutons right before serving. You can also add a good dash of pepper on the top and shaved parmesan if you like.

*If you like caesar salad, chances are you like anchovies in the dressing. Don’t be intimidated it is worth the site of the ugly critters to get that awesome umami flavor. Drop them into the blender and look away ;). And they are a great source of protein!

Preheat your oven to 425. Chop up whole wheat or whole grain bagels (3 small or 2 large) and toss with evoo (about 3 TBS) and season generously with seasoned salt like the one from Penzey’s. Bake for about 12 minutes, turning once.


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  1. Oh, I need to try making bagel croutons!

  2. Yum! That looks great! I’m loving kale salads right now.

  3. I love home made croutons, so much better than store bought. Great idea to use kale. Did you massage it a little first to make it softer?

    • Bree says:

      Hi Kathy,
      Me too! You know since I used the dino/lacinto kale I felt it really had the texture of a hearty romaine so I kept it as is and loved it!

  4. love the kale instead of regular lettuce. What a healthy but delicious salad

  5. Yum! Great idea. You are so good to keep up with blogging with all that you have going on! I still can’t believe you are having a product manufactured! So cool.

  6. I’m not a fan of cooked kale, but this looks like something I could get behind!

  7. Kale salads are go-to staples in my house and this one looks fantastic!

  8. The kale is a nice replacement for romaine ~ more nutritional punch too.

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