In enjoyment of the produce of summertime, and to offset the junk food that is inherent in summer eating, I have been cooking lots of veggie-driven meals. Corn on the cob, tomatoes, cucumbers, green beans, zucchini and melons have played a leading role our table.
Kale is one of the “super foods” I have been playing around with in the kitchen as well.
My friend Melissa mentioned this Kale Salad that she makes and I tried the recipe. It is super simple and just what I want for a summer lunch. I have been craving it so much that I have made it 4 times in the last few weeks! I also think it’s great as a side with a piece of grilled chicken or fish for dinner. One day I stirred in chunks of grilled chicken and feta and had a meal in a bowl.
Here’s how simple it is:
Chop about 6 cups of Kale in the food processor until it is fairly finely chopped
add 1 cup cooked quinoa
and 1/2 cup toasted slivered almonds
and 1/2 cup dried cranberries
Toss all of these together.
In a measuring cup make the dressing: 1/4 cup olive oil, 1/4 cup lemon juice, and a pinch of coarse salt and ground pepper. MIx well and pour over the salad, stirring and adding as much as needed.
It keeps well in the fridge for a few days.
Feel free to tweak the recipe as you like, putting more or less (or different ingredients) to make it the taste that you like.
The other thing we like to make with kale is Kale Chips.
They are one of my 9 year old’s favorite treats. They are simple to make and are a tasty way to “eat your greens”. I follow Smitten Kitchen’s recipe. So simple and yummy.
Smoothies are another almost daily request in our home and to get some good spinach nutrients into my kids, our featured smoothie has been the SNOT smoothie. (Aptly named for the beautiful green color. I usually give a big, dramatic “Ahhhhhhhh Choo!” as I am about to plunge the straws in to serve the smoothies to my gang!) The smoothies contain: fresh spinach, frozen bananas, frozen mango and vanilla yogurt. If it’s too thick to blend, I add some cold water to thin it. They are so delicious and beautiful too. (Much more beautiful than snot).
Another healthy thing we are trying to make sure we add to our “diet” is SMILING!
I saw this message at the Frothy Monkey a couple of weeks ago and had to take a photo to hold onto this reminder!
And in case you think we are super-food, super-healthy all the time, DO NOT BE DECEIVED! We have been eating lots of tacos and guacamole, burgers, egg and cheese wraps, and we have been eating our fair share of ice cream.