|Dinosaur Salad! ( Kale Salad )|
On to the Kale:
I'm sure you've noticed that junk food for kids is nearly always endorsed by some character from cartoons, movies, television, or video games. Kids love to buy & eat something related to their favorite character!
My little daughter is going through a phase of dinosaur fascination. She's a very good eater, but why not use this latest fascination to my (and her!) advantage?
|The bumpy surface of Dinosaur Kale ( Lacinato Kale )|
|Cutting Kale leaves Chiffonade|
I also surfed several other places for my research, and discovered that all the recipes I could find called for oil. And, I try to minimize my oil intake as much as possible for my heart health (I am VERY prone to hereditary high cholesterol - I need to minimize my oil intake in addition to my vegan diet to keep my cholesterol in healthy limits). I like Dr. Esselstyn, and even though I don't perfectly follow his advice about oil, I try to keep it low.
So, armed with my research, this is the salad I created. It was incredibly yummy - so much so that I ate ALL of it (except the portion my little one ate). And, after I ate it I had a bizarre & uncharacteristic burst of energy (my picture is normally by "sedentary" in the dictionary - though I DO try to walk every day - more on that in another post).
Not only is this salad packed with a HUGE amount of nutrition, it is also made with winter-friendly veggies & fruits - so it's easy on the budget.
You'll want to use your hands to make this salad.
Dinosaur Salad ( Kale Salad )
1 bunch Kale (I used Dinosaur Kale, but the plain sort would be equally good) washed, stemmed and shredded (cut Chiffonade)*
1 cup Shredded Cabbage*
1 cup Shredded Carrots*
Add 1/2 teaspoon of salt (if you prefer, you can use a couple of Tablespoons of dressing instead of the salt), and massage the vegetables for 2 or 3 minutes. They should reduce to about 1/2 their volume as the salt draws out the natural juices.
1/4 cup of my Non-Creamy Slaw Dressing, and massage briefly to mix and reduce volume a tad more
Handful of Raisins
1 Chopped Apple (or a Clementine or other Orange, if you prefer)
(A handful of nuts can also be good- roasted, salted peanuts are nice here)
Mix & Taste - you may want to add a dash of sweetener at this point if needed.
Then, DEVOUR! (you know - like Dinosaurs do - as my Little One can tell you, many dinosaurs were Herbivores, who ate literally TONS of veggies : )
*I use the slicer on my Salad Shooter to Shred the cabbage & and the shredder on my Salad Shooter for carrots. You could also use the slicing & shredding discs on a food processor or a good, old fashioned knife & box grater.
To remove the stems from kale, after washing the leaves, I fold them in half - as if the stem were the spine on a book. Then, I hold the top of the leaf, and take the sharp point of a chef's knife, and cut quickly between the flesh of the leaf and the stem - from the top of the stem to the base (the base being where it attaches to the dirt when it grows). It's really quick and easy to do it this way. If you prefer, you can just hold on to the stem and pull the leaf off - it works great this way if you don't have too many to do.
**If you surf to this article on Melomeals Blog you will see lots of great ideas for variations on this salad - adding nuts & seeds, different fruits, and different seasonings. This salad is VERY versatile : )
I'm sharing this on Healthy Vegan Fridays and Frugal Tip Tuesday and Fitness Friday