It seems like every January, when we ring in the New Year, many of us resolve to eat better, be more active, and make wiser decisions in order to be healthy. This year, I resolve to not resolve! That’s right. I didn’t make any New Year’s resolutions, but lifestyle changes instead. Since we live on a farm, we eat pretty healthy and don’t consume many foods that aren’t good for us. We don’t drink pop, we don’t have fast food joints to frequent, and ordering take out just doesn’t happen too often for us. This said, I’m making a concentrated effort to get back into my exercise routine and though we eat lots of veg, I’m adding even MORE into our meals. More kale, more leafy greens, etc. Fortunately for me, my husband and little one are on board, as they love their veg as much as I do. I’d love to add more quinoa, but it seems I’m the only one who loves it in this house! The others will eat it, but it’s not their favourite.
Another thing I’m going to continue to do is add chia seeds, flax, etc to everything. I add them to my baking, salads, oatmeal, smoothies, etc. Little One and hubby just don’t realize it most of the time.
Over the holidays, my aunt served us an amazing meal and I inhaled her kale salad! I totally did! I had two helpings of salad and when I returned to the Island, I found myself craving my aunt’s kale salad! I’m on a salad craze t hese days and have been eating either kale or spinach salads every day!
You won’t believe how easy my aunt’s Kale Salad is to make!
It’s pretty much the same salad I make at home. My aunt’s salad only has 4 ingredients. I add nuts and sometimes fruit to mine (pear or apple). Sometimes I use my homemade balsamic vinaigrette and other times just a little lemon juice and maple syrup. I love that my aunt just uses straight up lemon juice. So simple. So refreshing. So good.
I absolutely love kale. I love cooking with it, but most of all, I love eating kale raw. Little One loves it when I make her kale chips. Kale chips and sweet potato chips are the chips that Little One knows. Oh, when making kale salad, if you’re trimming the kale stems, don’t throw them into the compost! I keep mine and use it in soups or for other cooking purposes.
I’m not exactly sure of my aunt’s exact salad recipe, but here’s my adaptation –I’m going on memory and taste. Love how forgiving this salad is and that you can tweak it in so many ways and it always turns out delicious, refreshing, and healthy!
- 1 large bunch of kale (or 10 cups of kale), washed, stemmed, cut into bite size pieces
- 1 small onion, thinly sliced
- ½ cup - 1 cup feta cheese, crumbled
- ½ cup lemon juice, freshly squeezed
- Wash, stem, and cut kale into bite sized pieces
- Slice onion
- In a salad bowl, add kale and onion. Toss. Sprinkle feta cheese and drizzle with freshly squeezed lemon juice.
- Toss and serve.
Here’s another healthy, delicious dish for your family:
My Veggie ‘Noodles’ with Sesame Dressing. There’s eggplant, zucchini, carrot, cucumber (you can also add red, green, yellow, orange peppers). Sesame dressing has soy, sesame oil, ginger, garlic…
If you’re looking for more ideas on how to make your life more delicious, visit the Life Made Delicious page for some scrumptious inspiration!
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