01 August 2012

Herbed Navy Beans and Beautiful Kale!

Here's what's going on in my kitchen today! I know you're all dying to find out!

I've soaked some Navy beans overnight with a couple fresh Bay leaves from the garden(!). The beans are now gently simmering away in a pot of boiling water flavored with the following herbs and spices:
- Dried onion flakes
- Hungarian paprika
- Dried oregano
- Freshly cracked black pepper
- Nutritional yeast
- A pinch of baking soda (to soften the bean skins)
- Tamari
- Lots of freshly picked herbs from the backyard! Herbs like lemon thyme, Thai basil, oregano, rosemary and flat-leaf parsley! Mmmmmm mmmm! I'm a real lover of the fresh herbs!

Navy Beans

And for lunch, I'm enjoying leftover pizza from last night's pizza party! It's just my usual : amazing no-knead crust, green olives, cremini mushrooms, sweet onion, garlic olive oil and orange Daiya!


But the salad is where it's at. Seriously.

I've been eating kale salad pretty much everyday for the past couple of weeks. I'm obsessed. The real secret to great kale salad is to massage the kale leaves with salt and an acid (or your regular salad dressing will do) before adding anything else to it. The salt and acid break down the sometimes hard to masticate fibers in the kale, making it easier to chew and digest. The kale will also wilt down to about half it's original volume. Try it, you'll see!

Here's today's variation of my daily salad :
- Shredded purple kale (a little more delicate than regular green kale and has an almost floral characteristic)
- Baby arugula
- Sweet onion or green onion
- Avocado
- Bubbies sauerkraut
- Nutritional yeast flakes
- Hemp and chia seeds
- White miso, dash of balsamic vinegar, fresh lemon juice, flax seed oil
- Garlic & herb seasoning
- Himalayan garlic salt
- Fresh cracked pepper!

So delicious!

Some more ways to create a delicious kale salad  :
- Roughly mash diced avocado into the kale with a fork before adding your dressing. It's an instant healthy  creamy dressing!
- White miso mixed with balsamic vinegar is a GREAT salad dressing all on its own.
- Tahini based dressings pair really well with kale.
- Fresh squeezed lemon juice, Dijon mustard, nutritional yeast and garlic salt is probably my top choice for kale salad.

That's it, that's all. How do you like your kale?

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