Kale and bean salad

Black Bean, Kale & Quinoa Salad

Having good quality ingredients stocked in your kitchen pantry means always having a meal on hand.

I recently found myself somewhat stranded up north without a car or companion.

My husband and I arrived at our place in Collingwood late one evening with just a few things on hand.  We had planned to shop the following day but circumstances sent my husband home before we could get in to town to shop.  The only food that I had brought from home was the kale that I hadn’t used the week before and cream for my morning coffee.

So… I did a situationally imposed fast until dinnertime when my hunger got the best of me.  As a side note, fasts are something that you have to be mentally prepared for.

I wasn’t prepared for this one.

Moving on.

The recipe below is the product of the kale that I brought with me and things that I had on my pantry shelves.

As I continue to preach to all of my clients, a recipe is a template.  Kale could be spinach, black beans could be kidney beans and for a vegetarian meal tuna could just be eliminated from this recipe

That being said, this is a great tasting combo that I thoroughly enjoy!

Black Bean, Kale & Quinoa Salad

Serves 4

Dressing

¼ cup Extra Virgin Olive Oil

Juice of ½ a lemon

1 tsp. honey

1 tsp. Italian Seasoning

½ tsp. salt

¼ tsp. pepper

Combine all ingredients together and mix well.

Salad

2 cups of kale, washed and chopped (hard spine removed)

1 can (398g) black beans, rinsed

1 can tuna (210g)**

1 cup cooked quinoa

½ cup chopped red onion

Directions

  1. Make dressing
  2. Put kale in bowl and add dressing. Massage the kale to break down its fiber. Let rest 5 minutes
  3. Add remaining ingredients and toss to coat with dressing
  4. Let the salad sit for 5-10 minutes and serve

**omit tuna for a vegetarian meal

Enjoy!

 

7 FREE Healthy Salad Dressing Recipes

Salads are perhaps the perfect way to incorporate the best of all worlds when it comes to healthy food.  In one bowl you can pack in just so many nutrients, tastes and healthy fiber your cells will sing!

Your opportunity to create amazing side dishes and full on meals are limitless!

Think About It!

Go beyond your common lettuces!  Give peppery arugula a shot.  Add in some fennel for a new taste. Rip in radicchio for colour!

Make your taste buds pop by adding some fruit.  Strawberries, apple and grapes are the bomb for adding sweetness and more of a colour profile.

Meal Time!

Want to save yourself some time?

Care to be outside at this time of year instead of in the kitchen?

Make your salad a meal by adding great proteins.  Let’s talk nuts, seeds and beans shall we?

Add some chicken or turkey slices.

Oh my goodness when it comes to salads the possibilities are absolutely endless!

Take Advantage of the Season

This is the time of year when our options for fresh, local produce abounds.

Salads are refreshing and the perfect way to add summer time tastes to your dinner table.

Use vegetables that are new to you.  Try different colours of veggies that are familiar to you.

Visit your local Farmer’ Market. I wrote not too long ago about the benefits of shopping at local markets in this post Great Reasons to Shop Local and Support Our Farmers. Take a read and see their wonderful benefits.

7 FREE Healthy Salad Dressing For You!

I have put together 7 of my favourite Healthy Salad Dressing Recipes for you to help save you time and to help make your salad creations pop!

They are easy to make and all use wonderful healthy ingredients.

Don’t be afraid to put your own personal touches on these dressings.  You can swap out herbs for instance.  If you like a more lemony or vinegary flavour have at it!

Here is the link for the Healthy Salad Dressing Recipe.

Or hit the download box below.

 

Salad Dressing Recipes

Do enjoy!

 

Walnut & Avocado Pesto

May is Brain Cancer Awareness Month⁣.

Here are some facts:

  • The most common types of brain cancers are gliomas and meningiomas. Gliomas are cancers that grow from glia cells or glial cells, the supportive cells that hold neurons in place. Meningiomas are cancers that grow from the brain covering (meninges)⁣
  • Aspartame and long term cell phone use are being studied for their link to increased brain cancer risk⁣
  • It is estimated that 55,000 Canadians are surviving with a brain tumour⁣⁣

Two Awesome Foods to Support Brain Health

Walnuts

Walnuts are high in Omega-3 fatty acids and polyphenols.

Omega-3’s exhibit neuro-protective properties and are critical for normal brain function and development throughout all stages of life.

Polyphenolic compounds found in walnuts reduce the oxidant and inflammatory load on brain cells and improve interneuronal signaling

Avocados

Avocados contain monounsaturated fats.  This contributes to healthy blood flow, which carries over to a healthy brain. Avocados also lower blood pressure, and hypertension is a major risk for decline in cognitive abilities.

Walnut & Avocado Pesto

Pesto Sauce is one of my favourite things to do with basil. So because ⁣this is Brain Cancer Awareness month I thought I would experiment with my regular recipe to incorporate a these 2 brain healthy foods.

Let me know your thoughts!⁣

Ingredients

  • 1 Avocado⁣
  • 1/4 cup walnuts
  • 1 cup packed fresh basil⁣
  • 2 cloves of garlic⁣
  • 1/2 cup parmesan cheese⁣
  • 1/2 tsp. salt⁣
  • Juice of 1/2 lemon⁣
  • 1/2- 1 cup Extra Virgin Olive Oil⁣

Directions

1. Pulse avocado, walnuts and basil in food processor until smooth⁣

2. Add garlic, parmesan cheese, salt and lemon juice. Pulse until well blended⁣

3. Stream in the olive oil slowly while the food processor is running.  It is important to do this slowly to help it to emulsify.  Stop to scrape down the sides of the food processor when needed⁣

Resources:

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/24500933

https://www.webmd.com/diet/features/eat-smart-healthier-brain#1

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4404917/

 

 

Basic Recipe for Energy Balls

No bake energy balls are the perfect little pick me up when your energy is low or your tummy is a grumblin’!⁣

And once you have the basics in place you are only limited by your own creativity⁣.

The basics of a good energy ball include:⁣

☑️Oats⁣

☑️Nut or seed butter⁣

☑️A sweetener like honey or maple syrup⁣

☑️Boosters and Tasters.

And this my friends, the Boosters and Tasters, is where you set your energy balls apart from the rest.  Boosters and tasters include hemp seeds, chia seeds, cacoa nibs, coconut, chocolate chips, dried fruit and flavourings such and vanilla and mint⁣.

So here is your basic recipe:

🔅1 cup rolled oats⁣

🔅1/2 cup nut butter⁣

🔅1/4 cup honey or maple syrup⁣

🔅 2 Tablespoons of a Booster like hemp⁣

Directions:

Blend the oats in your food processor until a flour consistency then add the rest of your basic ingredients and your choices of Tasters. Form in to balls, place on a cookie sheet and then place them into the freezer for 10 minutes to set their shape⁣.

**𝒥𝓊𝓈𝓉 𝒶 𝓆𝓊𝒾𝒸𝓀 𝓉𝒾𝓅.  𝒮𝑜𝓂𝑒𝓉𝒾𝓂𝑒𝓈 𝓎𝑜𝓊 𝓂𝒶𝓎 𝓃𝑒𝑒𝒹 𝓉𝑜 𝒶𝒹𝒹 𝒶 𝓁𝒾𝓉𝓉𝓁𝑒 𝓌𝒶𝓉𝑒𝓇 𝓉𝑜 𝓂𝑜𝒾𝓈𝓉𝑒𝓃 𝓉𝒽𝑒 𝓂𝒾𝓍𝓉𝓊𝓇𝑒 𝓉𝑜 𝓉𝒽𝑒 𝒸𝑜𝓃𝓈𝒾𝓈𝓉𝑒𝓃𝒸𝓎 𝓉𝒽𝒶𝓉 𝓎𝑜𝓊 𝓌𝒶𝓃𝓉⁣

I keep a food journal when I make my energy balls to keep track of mixes that I like and those that I don’t.

Keep your energy balls sealed in a glass container or freeze them.

Enjoy!