Recipe Rerun. Garlicky Kale Salad

Repeating the recipe for the garlicky kale salad (just like the one on the Whole Foods bar) because several people have asked me for it recently.  It requires a few ingredients that you may not have handy, but if you like the salad, you’ll be using them plenty!

1 head of curly kale (the curlier the better)–look for a nice crisp head

3 cloves fresh garlic

3 tablespoons fresh lemon juice

3 tablespoons apple cider vinegar

3 tablespoons Braggs Amino Acids

3 tablespoons tahini

5 tablespoons nutritional yeast (available at your local Whole Foods or health food store)

a small amount of water to thin paste to a dressing

Wash kale (I use a salad spinner to wash and spin out the water).  Tear into bite size pieces and place into a very large bowl.

Place garlic in food processor and chop finely.  Than begin to add all the ingredients except the water.  Process until pasty.  Add drops of water, a few at a time, and continue to blend until it turns to a creamy dressing consistency.  Add to kale and mix really well making sure the dressing covers all the kale evenly.  Refrigerate and enjoy.  This makes about 4-6 servings.

Kale is probably one of the healthiest foods on the planet.  It only has 33 calories in a cup, when raw, but recognize that the tahini will add a good amount of calories, though the rest of the ingredients don’t add many at all.  Super high in vitamins, minerals and all the beautiful benefits that the dark leafy greens provide us, it is especially high in vitamin K.  If you are on medication to thin your blood, you might need to check with your physician before eating too much of this yummy salad.  I make it regularly as I admit I am addicted….

Wishing you all a happy and smooth hump day!

All About Energy

Last week I jotted down a recipe for no cook, no bake energy bars and though I haven’t made them yet, Rita did and they are easy and yummy.  I think they have way too many calories to be a snack, but might make a good meal replacement for someone who is on the go and burning plenty of calories.  They also seem like a great treat for kids.  They are wholesome and only require a few ingredients.  While they have no dairy, they do have honey.  Many vegans opt to keep honey out of their diets, but I definitely keep it in mine.

No Cook, No Bake Energy Bars

1 cup quick cook oats
1/3 cup tart cherries
1/2 cup natural peanut butter
3 tablespoons honey
1 tsp vanilla

Blend all the ingredients together and then press out into a small rectangle (in a pan if you have one that works–I am thinking the bottom of a bread or loaf pan—) lined with parchment paper.  Refrigerate and cut into long rectangles or any shape that you like!  I would guess you could substitute the tart cherries with raisins, craisins or most any dried fruit.

Congrats to the Seattle Seahawks on their huge win.  Talk about showing some energy!  Maybe it was the yoga :)  In any event, looks like they’ll be heading to Disney soon.

Good luck to Jolene who starts her new position this morning.  I know she will be a huge asset to her new office and the company as she brings her special energy to the mix.

Happy Monday.  For me that means saving some energy for back and chest after my morning of work.  Time to put the pushup bar back up.  Thanks, Mitch!

Hoping wherever you are, you will find some time and save some energy for fitness,…and of course, some time for peace.  Ommmmmmm

 

Soups on, Again…

English: mushrooms

English: mushrooms (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Winter, even here in South Florida, is a perfect time for hearty home-made soups.  Every time I make a pot, I am reminded of simple it is, and how far it goes.  This weekend, it was a big pot of lentil, barley and mushroom soup that was cooking in the kitchen.  After sautéing 5 stalks of chopped celery, 2 chopped onions and a few cloves of garlic for about 5 minutes,  I added 1/2 cup of barely and a full cup of lentils and let them toast just a little.  I added a mix of vegetable broth and water (I used 3 cups broth and about 6 cups of water) and after it came to a boil I let it simmer, covered, for about 30 minutes.  Then I added a couple of pounds of different sliced mushrooms (I used button and baby bellas this time, but you can really use any or all!) and seasoned with dried thyme, parsley, ground pepper and 2 bay leaves (make sure to remove the leaves before serving the soup).  I let it simmer for another 30 minutes or so and it was a meal in and of itself!  Packed with protein and fiber, void of cholesterol and vegan, it was a soup Mitch and I could both dig our spoons into.  It is such a hearty soup, that although it has more calories than some others, it is so filling it makes it hard to eat too much else, though I did make a super colorful salad to go with it.  If you are in a cold weather climate, it is definitely a comfort soup!  Best part of all is there is plenty of leftover soup and salad for meatless Monday.  More water may needed to be added to the leftovers, before reheating as the grains absorb a lot of the fluids, making it more of a stew (which can be eaten just that way)  then a soup after the first day.

Time to turn passive into active.  I am on it.  Hope you are, too.  Happy Monday.

Back in the Kitchen

A “HEARTY” VALENTINE’S DINNER

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those who question how to keep animal products out and taste in, last night’s Valentine’s Day dinner, which I made for Mitch and I (it was nice to be in the kitchen cooking on a Thursday) was almost entirely plant-based, with absolutely no deprivation.  I made stuffed mushrooms as an appetizer for our happy hour, simply stuffing them with sauteed mushrooms, garlic and breadcrumbs.  I used veggie broth to balance out the moisture, stuffed the caps and baked for about 25 minutes at 375.  There was a big salad, of course, dressed with lemon juice, balsamic vinegar and olive oil, fresh whole wheat pasta with a homemade sauce made of chopped tomatoes and garlic (sauteed until the tomatoes broke down) and some halved kalamata olives.  I cut up a head of broccoli and roasted it in the oven at about 420, till the ends started browning.  An Italian bread from Publix worked well for garlic bread, which I used olive oil and fresh garlic on, placing the bread under the broiler for a couple of minutes.  I must admit, that being Valentine’s Day, I wanted to do something special for Mitch, so I made him 2 little lobster tails on the grill (which honestly would NOT have been missed, but I know he enjoyed).  I also made us sweets…chocolate covered strawberries and homemade “raisinettes,” both happen to be vegan, as Ghirardelli Chocolate Chips happen to be free of animal products and crazy delicious.

It’s really just as easy to make awesomely yummy meals without the animal products as it is, with them.  It’s just a matter of stepping out ones comfort zone and relearning some basics that so many of us were raised on.  If you have any questions of need to learn substitutions, please feel free to ask via comment (which will take a day to appear) or directly via email through my contact link, where your questions and comments will remain private.  If you are still concerned about your protein needs, consider this quote…

“We’ve never treated a single patient with protein deficiency; yet the majority of patients we see are suffering from heart disease, diabetes, and other chronic illnesses directly resulting from trying to get enough protein.”

–Dr. Alona Pulde and Dr. Matthew Lederman

Hope you shared the love yesterday and will continue to each and every day.  Happy Friday.  I am off to start working off some of those TOO MANY calories.