Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Kick off 2014 with Kale

Hi! Long time, no blogging! Sorry! 
I got reallyyy busy in December between finals and making a 100+ page Shutterfly book of Courtney and I's Eurotrip for her Christmas present (worth it, it turned out so well!), blogging was kind of left in the shadows.
Luckily, I tried out an amazing salad when I was home and after fighting over the leftovers with my sister then remaking it to eat at school, I've been inspired to tell you about it. After all, it's been a while since I posted a recipe on here. 
For all of you who added something along the lines of "eat healthier", "eat more vegetables", or "learn to love kale" to your list of New Years Resolutions, this one's for you! It's filled with some crazy superfoods like kale (duh), quinoa, avocado, pomegranate seeds and almonds (oh and goat cheese, which may not be "good" for you but hey, everything in moderation, right?!) 
Helloooo new year, new you!
Plus, for those of you who pack lunches, this salad is perfect! Kale actually gets softer, not wilted, and better when you let it soak with the dressing, so whip up a big batch of this at the beginning of the week and you've got salad for dayssssss!
Superfood Kale Salad
Recipe adapted from Damn Delicious

For the salad:
4 cups of Kale
1 Avocado, diced
1 cup cooked quinoa (1/2 cup dry quinoa + 1 cup chicken stock or water)
1/2 cup pomegranate seeds
1/2 cup toasted, sliced almonds
1/4 cup goat cheese

For the dressing:
1/4 cup olive oil
1/4 cup apple cider vinegar
Zest of 1 lemon
Juice of 1 lemon - 2-3 tablespoons
1 tablespoon agave
 For the assembly:
Whisk together all the dressing ingredients, then toss everything together in a big bowl. Super simple. If you've never made quinoa before, I like to make it with chicken stock to add more flavor, but you can also just cook it in water. Take1/2 cup quinoa plus 1 cup chicken stock, heat until boiling, bring it down to a simmer and cover for 15 more minutes until quinoa is fluffy! Easy peasy.
Also, a picture of Milo, because he looks so cute in the snow with his Christmas scarf.

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