Sunday, August 3, 2014

Week 31 of 52: Awesome Kale Slaw Recipe

If you have had the pleasure of speaking to me about food, then you will know about my long standing love affair with kale. I was officially introduced to kale through the lovely Sarah Cuff, a registered holistic nutritionist and personal trainer and marathoner (awesome!), whom I heard speak while training for my first half marathon.

Tasty kale! (photo from webmd)
Already on board with her nutritional philosophy, I'm certainly not a hard sell, I already know how much my healthy diet contributes to my overall well being. However, I frequently visit Sarah's Eat 2 Run website to get access to her non-complicated recipes, food ideas and run tips. If you are a runner or someone who would just like to eat more healthy, visit her site. You will not regret it! And if you do, I'm sorry we can no longer be friends. Actually, I would go as far as to say that if you are not on board with me and Sarah's nutritional philosophy, that would be a deal breaker. There is no future for us. I'm sorry.

As you are well aware (and if you have been keeping up with my awesome blog) you know I don't usually recommend anything so enthusiastically (except, of course, for my endorsement of myself as your benevolent dictator); so obviously, Sarah must be simply awesome.

Anyways, back to the awesomeness of kale! If you do not yet know about the awesomeness of kale, do you listen to anything I say?! Seriously, kale is a nutritional powerhouse yo! And with all the running/training I do, I can say that I rarely get sick now that I have made kale part of my daily diet. Just ask Google God, s/he will confirm the awesomeness of kale if you don't believe me.

So, this recipe was inspired by the kale slaw I picked up one day for my second lunch (yeah, I'm training, I need two lunches) from AJ's Organic Cafe. Apparently I'm not the only one obsessed with this kale slaw, as I have been told, that many have tried to replicate the recipe. The main ingredients are pretty straightforward; however, it is the dressing that is hard to replicate.

I've been told my dressing comes close to the original. Since I'm training, I'm only using natural sugars to sweeten, so maybe if you substitute the orange juice in the dressing for something else it would be more similar to the original. I won't be able to test that theory myself until after Thanksgiving, when I race that half marathon I'm training for (not sure if I mentioned that?!). Until then, this dressing is tasty and so is the kale slaw. Especially refreshing to eat when it's hot out!

Enjoy!
Tasty & colorful Kale Slaw! (photo from my iPhone)

Kale Slaw

Ingredients

The Slaw (Ripped off from AJ's Organic Cafe)

1 bunch of kale
1 cup pumpkin seeds
2 large carrots shredded
½ red cabbage shredded


2 tablespoons rice vinegar
1.5 tablespoons tamari
1 tablespoons toasted sesame oil
1 teaspoon ginger juice (made by pressing grated ginger through a strainer)
2 teaspoons orange juice (fresh)

Directions
  1. Wash kale, de-stem and rip into bite size pieces. Place in large bowl filled with cool water. Massage kale until it turns to a bright green (massaging the kale takes away the bitterness). Massage kale for about 5 minutes.
  2. Shred the carrots and cabbage with a grater and place into serving bowl. Add pumpkin seeds.
  3. Add dressing and mix everything together.
  4. Eat and enjoy!

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