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Kale and Cabbage Rainbow Salad

Cooking, Dinner, lunch, SaladMegan FaletraComment

Who else loses all motivation for creativity in cooking dinners when the humidity and heat is 200% outside? I know I am not alone here, and while I can honestly say that I absolutely love the heat, I don't particularly love cooking when its really hot outside. My kitchen just feels stuffy, washing dishes sounds exhausting (we don't have a dishwasher), and all I want is an iced tea and juicy summer peach in my hand, preferably at the beach.

But since I cannot live on iced green tea and fruit salad all summer long, I have been absolutely loving coming up with quick and easy dinners that can be contained in one-two pots. Honestly, most of the time these dinners are created based on what is left in our fridge from the farmers market that week, but they don't always come out to be share worthy. This salad on the other hand was incredible, it was such a nice surprise and when my sister and fiancé told me that I should probably enter into some form of Vegetarian Chopped I knew that we had a winner. I mean really, did my meat loving fiancé really just get excited over kale and cabbage? 

What I love about this salad is that there is no lettuce. This is where I want everyone to listen up. SALADS DO NOT NEED TO BE BORING. Nor do they need to contain lettuce, or leave you feeling hungry. They can be hearty, satisfying, totally surprising, and honestly I believe that far more people would eat lots of veggies if they could just step out of the salad box a bit. I promise that it is worth it, and a total lunch/dinner/life game changer. 

Kale and Cabbage Rainbow Salad

Ingredients

  1. 1/2 cup quinoa (always rinse first)
  2. 1 large bunch of kale
  3. 1/2 head of red cabbage
  4. 1 cucumber
  5. 1 cup grape tomatoes 
  6. 1/2 cup shredded almonds
  7. 1 tbsp chia seeds
  8. 1/3 cup scallions 
  9. 1 avocado
  10. 1 cup drained black beans
  11. 1/2 tsp black pepper
  12. 1/2 tsp sea salt 
  13. 1 - 2 tbsp olive oil

Directions

  1. Rinse and wash all vegetables. 
  2. Boil 1 cup of water and add 1/2 cup of rinsed quinoa, lower water to simmer and allow quinoa to cook for about 15 minutes, or until water has been absorbed by the quinoa. Then remove from heat.  
  3. Begin to tear kale away from the thick stem and place in a large (oiled) sauce pan. Massage 1/2 tbsp of olive oil into the kale with your fingers. 
  4. Dice scallions and add to the sauce pan
  5. Begin to cook on low allowing the scallions to cook and kale to wilt
  6. Cabbage can be shredded by chopping into thin stripping.
  7. Add cabbage to saucepan and allow to cook for 2-3 minutes, just to allow the cabbage to soften slightly, you want to remain some of the cabbage crunch. 
  8. Chop remaining vegetables into small bite size pieces. 
  9. Remove sauce pan from stove and add remaining vegetables, nuts, and spices. 
  10. Add quinoa to the sauce pan with vegetables and mix together. 
  11. Add salt and pepper to taste.

Enjoy!

Banana Free Green Smoothie

Drinks, Smoothie Bowl, BreakfastMegan FaletraComment

Wow it has been awhile since I shared a smoothie bowl recipe with you guys! Don't you worry though, I have a few good ones coming your way, and trust me with the heat that we have been experiencing (I'm not complaining I LOVE it) literally all I want is smoothie bowls, and watermelon...on repeat + a pitcher of unsweetened mango iced tea. 

Since Mike hates bananas, something I will never even remotely be able to understand, I have been trying to push my smoothie bowl box, and make some smoothies without my beloved, creamy bananas. Since bananas are pretty high in sugar anyway I like the challenge, and this smoothie bowl was a very pleasant surprise. I actually didn't miss the banana at all in this and the combination of ingredients I chose ultimately resulted in a very creamy, and slightly tart bowl of green goodness that totally hit the spot. 

By the way does anyone else remember when green smoothies first really started to pop up and they seemed so gross? I remember totally not being able to get my mind around drinking one, and now they are by far one of my favorite additions to my diet. It's funny to think back on what we did and didn't know right.

Banana Free Green Smoothie

Ingredients

  1. 1/2 frozen mango
  2. 1/4 cup frozen green grapes
  3. 1/4 frozen avocado
  4. 1  tsp lemon juice
  5. 1-2 heaping handfuls of baby spinach
  6. 1 scoop vegan protein
  7. 1 tsp matcha powder
  8. 1 cup coconut milk
  9. 1/2 tsp turmeric
  10. 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  11. 4 drops liquid stevia

Directions

  1. Add all ingredients to a blender and blend until smooth. Depending on your blender you may want to blend the milk and greens first, and then blend the rest of the ingredients to really make sure your greens get liquified. 

Toppings

  1. 4 ice cubes
  2. 1 tsp unsweetened coconut flakes
  3. 1 tsp cacao nibs
  4. 1 tsp raw gluten free oatmeal
  5. 1 tsp chia seeds
  6. A few frozen blueberries