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Food Babe’s Kale Salad

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I can’t believe I have not posted this yet…     this salad is amazing. 

Kale can be tough, literally. The reason why this version of the kale salad is so delicious because it is marinated in a light dressing, mixed with parmesan, and a hint of sweet with raisins. Make triple the batch and eat it for two days! This is the only salad I have ever kept the next day and tastes better.. I am also addicted to having it for breakfast under a fried egg. So versatile!

We have seen many different versions of this salad out there but Food Babe has been the best thus far. She calls is the “melt in your mouth kale salad” for good reason.

Food Babe's Kale Salad
 
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Melt in your mouth kale salad that you can eat for days.
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Recipe type: Salad
Cuisine: Lunch, Dinner
Serves: 2
Ingredients
  • Ingredients
  • 1 bunch of lacinato or dinosaur kale, stems removed, rinsed and patted dry
  • ⅓ cup currants (or chopped raisins)
  • juice of one lemon
  • 1 tbsp of olive oil
  • 1 tsp local honey
  • ½ cup pine nuts toasted
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 4 tbsp grated raw parmesan cheese
Instructions
  1. In a food processor, process kale into small chopped pieces
  2. To make dressing, stir lemon juice, olive oil, honey, salt and pepper together in a large bowl
  3. Add chopped kale, currants, pine nuts and parmesan to bowl with dressing
  4. Stir all ingredients together and serve
  5. (Optional - Save some pine nuts and/or parmesan cheese for top of salad before serving for presentation purposes)

 

Let me know what you think!

xo,

Mary

How to pick a loaf of bread at the grocery store!

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Okay…the bread aisle is enough to get anyone stressed out. Which brand should I pick? Should I get the honey whole wheat, the multigrain, the high in fiber, the added flax seed, the omega three, the rich in anti-oxidants, the whole grain , the 9 grain that’s natural…..??? You get the idea? It is confusing! It can send you over the edge!

SOLUTION:

1) Do NOT be fooled by marketers and be tricked into buying crappy bread because the front of the bag tells you it is “healthy.”

2) Read the ingredients and actually know what the ingredients are because you have them in your pantry.

3) Keep the ingredient lists less than 12 items.

4) The first ingredient should say “WHOLE” GRAIN FLOUR OR  WHOLE GRAIN WHEAT (unless you have gluten intolerance). It should NOT be enriched flour.

5) AVOID high fructose corn syrup, corn syrup, and partially hydrogenated oils at all costs.

6) Best choice…..Buy organic bread at your local bakery!

For a list of breads that will actually give you long lasting energy with real nutrient value and NOT a quick carbohydrate buzz, followed by sleepiness, check out this list from Food Babe.  If you don’t feel like reading the whole article (which does have good info if you have the time) then just scroll down to the good bread choices!

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Holy Hummus!

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So I am a HUMMUS freak and always feel pretty good about choosing hummus with raw veggies or pita as a snack.  It’s protein packed, has a lot of fiber, is delicious and is pretty clean.  Well Food Babe has dashed by dreams!  Read about the scary facts and ingredients about store bought hummus here.  So today I looked over Food Babe’s homemade hummus recipe and decided to make my own version.

Blonde Lemon Hummus
 
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Recipe type: Snack
Ingredients
  • 2 cans of white beans (I used what I had and did not have organic, use organic when you can)
  • 1 can of chick peas
  • 2 lemons (roughly peeled, I added a little bit of the rind for nutrients and flavor)
  • LOTS of sea salt and pepper
  • 1 TSP Tahini
  • 1 TSP minced garlic or one garlic clove
  • 1 small bunch of parsley
  • 2 T Chives
Instructions
  1. Blend in Vitamix or powerful blender. When you reach the texture you want, taste and add whatever else you think it's missing. Maybe more salt? Pepper? Throw in some cayenne? Enjoy with veggies, pita, as a sandwich spread, however you like!

 

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So EASY.  I am a convert for sure!  It is delicious, made a ton of hummus, and is super healthy.
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Food Babe’s Chia Pudding

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So we love Food Babe.  Duh, she is an amazing investigator of popular food items that we all put in our bodies or used to anyway.  Tiffany and Mary got to meet her when she spoke in Virginia this winter.  So cool!  But Food Babe is also a wonderful cook with fab recipes.

Douglas really has a sweet tooth so I wanted to make him something tonight that we could eat on for a couple nights after dinner to satiate him.  I found that in food babe’s chia pudding.  It wasn’t that sweet which was refreshing!  Mine was a little watery but I think it is because I used up the container of Almond Milk that I had and it was a little more than the recipe called for.  But, final verdict?  Sour, tasty, sweet, cinnamon…delicious.

http://foodbabe.com/2013/01/21/chia-seed-fruit-salad/
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