January 15, 2017

Kale Greek Salad

This easy 9-ingredient loaded Kale Greek Salad is bursting with plant goodness! I'm feeling extra grateful for the incredible power of whole foods and vowing to eat even more dark greens this year 🌿πŸ’ͺ This salad feels so hearty, holds up well in the fridge for leftovers, and does great for take-along lunches. Plus there's a nice protein boost from the chickpeas and you could even sprinkle hemp hearts or other seeds on top as well. The dressing is incredibly simple, yet full of classic Greek flavor - I love the combo of red wine vinegar and lemon juice! Play around with the salad ingredients too; you could swap out the fresh red pepper for roasted, or add olives, artichokes, tofu feta, etc. Wishing you all the happiest, healthiest new year!

Vegan, gluten-free, oil-free
Serves about 8 as a side

1 large bunch kale
1 hothouse cucumber
8 oz. cherry tomatoes
1/2 small red onion
1 red bell pepper (fresh or roasted)
15 oz. can garbanzo beans
Optional: olives, pepperoncini, artichoke hearts, tofu feta

{For the dressing}
3 Tbsp. red wine vinegar
Juice from 1/2 lemon
1 1/2 tsp. dried oregano
1/4 tsp. salt

Tear kale into small pieces, stems removed. Add to a large bowl and lightly massage.
In a small bowl, combine dressing ingredients and stir to combine.
Pour dressing over kale, mix well to combine, and set aside to marinate.
Meanwhile, dice cucumber, bell pepper, thinly slice onion, and halve cherry tomatoes. Add to bowl.
Rinse and drain beans and add to salad. Toss to combine.
Taste and adjust seasoning if necessary - more lemon, vinegar, salt, etc. (I usually like a little extra vinegar.)
Can serve immediately, or refrigerate to let flavors develop even further.

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Keep the salads flowing! πŸ’š

December 17, 2016

Kale Salad with Sun-Dried Tomatoes & Roasted Chickpeas

This healthy kale salad with sun-dried tomatoes, seasoned roasted chickpeas, and lemony-garlic dressing is so simple, yet packed with tons of savory flavor. It disappears FAST in our house! I love that it's great anytime of year, but especially during the holidays because it has such a fun, festive feel. (It's almost like a Christmas tree in food form - green kale, dark red tomatoes, chickpea ornaments, and a sprinkling of sunflower confetti!) It makes a healthy, fresh alternative to the heavy comfort dishes that often surround the holiday season. 😊 Hope you enjoy as much as we do!

Vegan, gluten-free (with tamari)
Serves about 2-3 (or more as a side dish)

1 bunch kale
1/3 cup sun-dried tomatoes
1 clove garlic
3 Tbsp. fresh lemon juice
1 1/2 Tbsp. tamari (or soy sauce)
Optional: sunflower seeds, avocado for topping

{For the roasted chickpeas}
15 oz. can garbanzo beans
1/2 tsp. cumin
1/4 tsp. smoked paprika
1/4 tsp. garlic powder
1/4 tsp. onion powder
1/2 tsp. salt

Roast the chickpeas: preheat oven to 400. Rinse and drain chickpeas. Pat dry on a towel. On a rimmed baking sheet add chickpeas, spices, and salt. Toss to coat. Roast for 20 minutes, stir, then roast for about 15-20 minutes more.
While chickpeas are roasting, cut/tear kale into bite-sized pieces, stems removed. Add to a large bowl, and massage for a minute to tenderize.
Make the dressing: finely mince garlic. Place in a small bowl with lemon juice and tamari. Pour over top of kale and toss well to thoroughly coat.
Chop sun-dried tomatoes and add to bowl.
Top with roasted chickpeas (and sunflower seeds, avocado, etc. if desired.)

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December 4, 2016

A Very Matcha Holiday!

Note: This isn't a sponsored post - I simply adore Encha and their products πŸ˜Š

If you're looking for a unique and creative gift this year, consider the gift of matcha! As you may know, Encha is one of my favorite companies. They represent many of the values I hold dear and I'm continually inspired by their products. The high quality, attention to detail, overwhelming love and care they pour into their work is nothing short of incredible. Refreshingly authentic!

Besides the actual organic matcha (which is honestly the BEST matcha I've ever had) Encha expanded this year and have so many new fun bundles and products to take your matcha enjoyment to the next level. (I wish these pictures did them justice but I think until you get your hands on them, you can't fully appreciate the beauty. I'm in awe!) I'll share a few of my favorites here, then feel free visit their site for the full list of products and bundles. You can honestly find something for everyone - from a matcha newbie to a long-time fanatic!

Let's start with some serious green eye candy - how gorgeous is this gift wrapping! So much thought and delicate care. The tissue paper, ribbons, and boxes are sure to bring a smile as loved ones open the Encha joy 😊 (Check their site for details on how to request this free service right now!)

One of my favorite new additions is the "Encha Flow" matcha pitcher and two small blossom cups - how beautiful to see it in action, pouring that bright, green goodness! Perfect for sharing a special moment of health and love with couples, family, friends, or get-togethers.

The two blossom cups (named Sakura and Ume) are adorable and I love the texture! They're hand-crafted by potters in Japan, and are about half the size of a normal matcha bowl. So natural and earthy - let's take a closer look... 😊

Sakura (pronounced sah-koo-αΉ™ah) means "cherry blossom" in Japanese, and Ume (pronounced oo-me) means "plum". The Encha Flow and each blossom cup are sold individually, so you can mix-n-match depending on your preference and how many are needed.

If you're looking for some basic everyday tools, you can also find a whisk/scoop set, a whisk holder, and (my very favorite!) matcha bowl. This smooth, black "Encha Zen Matcha Bowl" is the one I use every morning. When I first started drinking matcha I used a soup bowl which worked great, but I found using a Japanese-style matcha bowl (called a chawan) really connected me to the tea. I feel more appreciative and in touch with where the matcha comes from, the tradition behind it, and most of all the farmers in Japan who work so hard to share their passion with the world πŸ’š

To learn more about matcha, visit my Matcha Page and be sure to check out Encha's website as well!


A holiday wish
May we all spread peace this holiday season and beyond. Encourage deeper connections and meaningful conversations. Open your heart and help unify the world with kindness and compassion. Raising a cup of matcha, and wishing joy to you all!
πŸ’œ ~Kaitlin