Dinner and a Movie

by Ally- Life as I know it, 5:00 AM
I've been eating a lot of kale lately so I'm always on the look out for new recipes. I found this one on The Coveteur as one of the meals that the models who are walking in New York Fashion Week will be eating. What's good enough for skinny ass models is good enough for me. Well, except chain smoking and eating cotton balls. Anyways, this was actually the first time I've cooked kale. I didn't realize how easy it was. The butternut squash and carrots give it a Fall vibe plus they're both really really good once baked in the oven. I don't like raw carrots normally but once cooked they get so sweet and yummy. Theo really liked this salad as well so it'll definitely be on repeat. We ate it with wild salmon grilled and seasoned with just salt, pepper, garlic powder, and Italian seasoning. 


2 bunches of kale, rinsed, dried, stems removed, and cut into 1 inch pieces
2 pieces of garlic cloves, sliced
4 tablespoon olive oil
1 1/2 pound of butternut squash, prepped (peeled, cut into half, seeds removed, and cut into 1/2 inch cubes)
3 medium sized carrots, peeled and cut into 1/2 inch cubes
1/2 small head cauliflower, cut into bite size rosettes
2 teaspoons fresh thyme leaves
1 lemon, juiced


Preheat oven to 450 degrees.
Heat 1 tablespoon oil in a gallon sized pot on high heat. Add sliced garlic and saute for about 30 seconds.
Add kale and cook for 10 minutes, stirring often, until kale is browned on the edges. Season with s&p.
Transfer kale to a plate and set aside.
In a bowl, toss carrots and butternut squash with 2 tablespoons of oil, 1/2 teaspoon salt, fresh pepper, and 1 teaspoon thyme. Spread mixture over a baking sheet and bake for 25 minutes.
Toss cauliflower with remaining oil, 1/2 teaspoon salt, fresh pepper, and remaining thyme. Spread over the squash/carrot mixture and cook for 10 minutes. All veggies should be soft at this point, if not cook for 5 more minutes.
Toss hot squash/carrot/cauliflower mixture with cooked kale. Add lemon juice and salt and pepper to taste.



Frequency was one of the first movies Theo and I watched when we first started dating. He always loved this movie and after I watched it I knew why. It's a mix between a murder mystery/sci fi and it's a tear jerker. Dennis Quaid plays the father who has passed away 30 years prior. His son, who's in the present, finds his father's old radio and somehow starts to communicate with his father in the past, exactly 30 years and 1 day before his death. The son is trying to stop his father from dying by changing the past. He then realizes that by changing the past he will also change other things that have happened. I know it's confusing, time travel stuff never makes sense. But it's a really sweet movie and like I said it has some mystery to it as well. It's one of those movies that gives you chills just thinking about it.
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  1. aww i liked that movie! i always thought jim caviezel was cute... and then he played jesus and that totally threw me off! xo jillian - cornflake dreams

  2. I'm a kale lover and can't wait to test this salad out!

  3. I love these posts Ally! I'm not a big kale person, but I bet I could substitute something else and it would be delicious! I don't think I've ever seen Frequency!

  4. OMG I watched Frequency forever ago and I completely forgot about it until you just brought it up! Now I want to watch it again! LOL!

    <3, Pamela

  5. That looks like such a healthy dinner! If only Steve would get on board with something like that! haha. I've never seen that movie but I love anything with jim caviezel. He was great in the Count of Monte Cristo!

  6. I'm such a huge fan of salmon and I love the way you incorporated Kale!! I haven't thought of that movie in years - but thanks for putting it back on my radar!

  7. OH MY GOSH. I love you for this post! Frequency is one of the best, most underrated movies ever!! My dad and I have watched it quite a few times and I was just telling Nick about it but I could not remember for the life of me what it was called! Was it on Netflix or did you rent it?

  8. I have never seen frequency, going to add it to my list of movies I need to watch. And yay for kale-always looking for different ways to eat it!

  9. Aww, Frequency! I haven't seen that movie in ages, actually I think we own it if I'm not mistaken. Anywho - your dinner looks AMAZING I love kale too and like to find different ways to make it. I need to keep this recipe in mind!

  10. Yummm kale. That movie looks like something I think we would both enjoy - we'll have to have a throwback movie night!

  11. That kale bake looks awesome. I've actually never had kale. Hope you guys had a great night!

    ~Ashley @ A Cute Angle

  12. Always love your dinner and a movie posts! I just bought a ton of kale at the farmers market and might have to try out this recipe!


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