Thursday, September 22, 2011

Kale Avocado Salad

My new love:

This salad is super easy and so tasty you will want to eat it everyday... or um, at least a few times a week.

Cut one bunch of kale into small pieces (2x2 in. square), removing the tough rib, then wash:

Place the kale in a bowl, pour 1-2 Tbs olive oil over kale, add 1 tsp kosher salt then mix.  This is best part of making this salad, dig your hands in there and massage the oil and salt into the kale. Enjoy the feeling on your fingers and the smell in your nose!

After it is mixed I massage in mashed avocado, then add chopped tomatoes and chunks of avocado.

I also think this would be very good with some parmesan cheese and other herbs of your choice.  If you make this let me know if you add anything different and if it is super yummy.

How does it work:  the salt and oil draw the moisture out of the kale thereby softening it and bringing out tons of flavor.

Kale: One cup of kale contains 36 calories, 5 grams of fiber, and 15% of the daily requirement of calcium and vitamin B6 (pyridoxine), 40% of magnesium, 180% of vitamin A, 200% of vitamin C, and 1,020% of vitamin K. It is also a good source of minerals copper, potassium, iron, manganese, and 

Kale’s health benefits are primarily linked to the high concentration and excellent source of antioxidant vitamins A, C, and K -- and sulphur-containing phytonutrients.
Carotenoids and flavonoids are the specific types of antioxidants associated with many of the anti-cancer health benefits. Kale is also rich in the eye-health promoting lutein and zeaxanthin compounds.
Beyond antioxidants, the fiber content of cruciferous kale binds bile acids and helps lower blood cholesterol levels and reduce the risk of heart disease, especially when kale is cooked instead of raw.  Source.
I wish you enough!

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Hummus Avocado Lunch Wrap

I've been trying to find easy lunches that are quick to make, healthy, filling and that everyone will eat.  Eureka!  I've eaten several of these already this week and my husband and 21 month old love them too.

Ingredients Needed to Make One:
1 tortilla
2-4 Tbs hummus
1/4 of one avocado, sliced
cheddar cheese, sliced
1 handful spinach
salsa to taste

Place all ingredients in tortilla in following order:

Roll it up

Wrap it up

and love it! ....  any time of day.

I wish you enough!

Sunday, September 4, 2011

Peach Pie Oatmeal

As you know we have been eating A LOT of peaches.  The newest way is one full peach diced into a bowl of oatmeal.  Today we made it special by adding cinnamon, maple syrup and walnuts because who doesn't like eating pie for breakfast?

We cooked old fashion oatmeal as per directions, then added:
1/4 tsp. ground cinnamon
1 Tbsp. pure maple syrup
2 Tbsp. chopped walnuts
1 diced peach

The garden is on it's way out except for a few peppers, beans, corn, and melon.  Hurricane Irene put a hurt on our plants and will shorten the season for us this year.  The one thing we are not lacking is winter squash... but that's for another post.

I wish you enough!