Choosing Raw’s ‘Spicy Peanut Kale Salad’ & “Salad Massaging 101”

So, I’m off on my Alaska adventure still but I scheduled this to share while I’m away.  Its my ode to the Salad Massage created by Gena Hampshaw of ‘ChoosingRaw.com. This kale salad process has changed my salad life for good.  I can now eat an entire bowl, huge bowl, of kale in one salad instead of buying softer, more perishable greens and hope to use them up before they look like wet noodles in the fridge.  It really is a wonderful way of dressing a salad and maximizing your greens.     I’m not sure what initially drew me to this recipe of Gena’s first.  Was it the great flavor combinations?  The “made for me” dressing? Of course I know now.  It was to learn all about how to eat an entire bowl full of raw Kale with a technique Gena calls “Salad Massaging” The first time I made this beautifully raw and colorful salad, yes – I’ve made it so many times since that first experience, now I’ve lost count – but the first time: I couldn’t believe my eyes when I saw a full stock of about 30 fresh Kale leaves work down into two lovely bowls of…

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Fresh Summer Mango Salsa

Fresh Summer Mango Salsa

  Chop.  Stir.  Dip.   Eat…… My first attempt at cooking with Garlic Scapes.  Nice and mild in comparison with their sister Cloves.   Garlic scapes are the “flower stalks” of hardneck garlic plants, although they do not produce flowers. These stalks start to appear a month or so after the first leaves. They are usually cut off of the plant, since leaving them on only diverts the plants strength away from forming a plump bulb. If left on, they eventually form small bulbils that can be planted to grow more garlic, but it takes 2–3 years for them to form large bulbs. Many gardeners simply toss their scapes in the compost, but garlic scapes are both edible and delicious, as are the bulbils. Difficult to chop though with all the turns and curves! Have a safe weekend everyone.     Be sure that you’ve entered to win a copy of ‘Salad Samurai’.  Contest ends June 25th. Enter your email address below to receive all the fun filled recipes, life stories and free food ideas.Delivered by FeedBurner

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Baby Kale Creamy Coconut Detox Smoothie

Baby Kale Creamy Coconut Detox Smoothie

One year ago I gobbled up a  bowl of this:    Kale and White Bean Soup My Kale saga continues this October in a much more chilled state.  This baby Kale mixes with creamy coconut and berries and blends into my favorite smoothie of the season.  Its detoxifying properties are perfect to gin up the body’s healthy state prior to those Holiday meals just around the corner.  Plus, it tastes great.  I hadn’t used any ‘baby’ Kale until now…tons of baby Spinach but not Kale. Who would have ever thought that these beautiful delicate little leaves were related to the stuff thrown onto so many restaurant plates as an awful garnish?  It really seems like a different animal.  I’ve been nibbling on the fresh baby leaves since I got it home this week. It mixes its sweetness in with the creamy coconut to make a rich, thick & satisfying drink, loaded with good stuff! Baby Kale Coconut Cream Detox Smoothie 1 cup Baby Kale, 1 cup unsweetened Coconut shreds, 1 cup mixed berries (frozen), 1 cup sliced banana (frozen, about 2 medium),         2 Tbs. Fresh Ginger diced. Soak the Coconut in 2 cups of water overnight…

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Autumn Kale & White Bean Soup

Autumn Kale & White Bean Soup

Soup warms the soul.  Veggie soups warm my taste buds too!! These days, Kale is available just about everywhere. If you’re not quite sure just what to do with this King of nutrition, here’s a lovely simple, soup for you to try.   It’s perfect for any night of the week and fancy enough for any guest.  Fixes up in a flash and will make just about anyone a true Kale believer.        Enjoy!

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