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Kale: 5 ways/5 days

For the next 5 days, I decided to share my all-time favourite kale recipes. I’m absolutely krazy about kale and I hope you all enjoy these yummy recipes that I’ve personally tried, tested and tweaked.

You might be asking, but why Chantale, why must I eat kale? Well, aside from it being exceptionally high in iron, loaded with vitamins C, A, K, fiber and manganese, kale also promotes stronger bones, strengthens the immune system, helps to prevent cancer and is an anti-aging superfood! Did I mention it’s also delicious? It’s delicious!!
So without further ado, I introduce kale recipe #1.

 Kale Stuffed Roasted Red Peppers

Kale Stuffed Peppers

Ingredients:

  • 3 red bell peppers
  • 6 cups of kale, chopped
  • 1 cup of brown rice
  • 1 small red onion, chopped
  • 3 cloves, garlic, minced
  • I medium tomato, chopped
  • 1 small yellow pepper, diced
  • 1 shredded carrot
  • ¼ cup of raw pepitas
  • ½ tsp nutmeg
  • ½ tsp cloves
  • ½ tsp cumin
  • 1 tsp sea salt
  • 2 tbsp coconut oil

 To prepare filling:

1. Precook rice until mostly cooked using 2 cups of water for 1 cup of rice (about 25 minutes if using brown rice).
2. Sauté onions and garlic in 1 tbsp of coconut oil for 2 minutes on medium heat in a large skillet. Add rice, kale and an additional ½ cup of water plus remaining ingredients and spices and gently simmer for another 15 minutes(minus the pumpkin seeds)
3. Preheat oven to 350°F. Halve peppers lengthwise through the stems, leaving them attached. Remove the seeds. Place cut-side down on a parchment paper lined baking sheet and bake until peppers are slightly tender( approx. 10 minutes).  Let cool slightly. Turn cut-side up.
4. Add pepitas to the kale and rice mixture and generously fill the peppers.
5. Bake for 20 minutes.

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The Amazing Anti-inflammatory Properties of Sweet Potatoes!

Anti-inflammatory, antioxidants, an abundance of beta-carotene, vitamin C, magnesium, potassium, B vitamins! Oh sweet potatoes how I love you so!

Studies have shown that after sweet potato consumption, inflammation is reduced in brain and nerve tissue throughout the body.

Sweet Potato Salad With Sweet Mustard Dressing

You will need:
1 large sweet potato
For the dressing:

  • 3 tbsp vegan mayo
  • 1 tbsp of Dijon mustard
  • 1 tsp maple syrup
  • 3 chopped green onions
  • Handful of raw pepitas and sunflower seeds
  • 1 tbsp of hemp seeds
  • dash of sea salt

Wash, peel and chop sweet potato into bite sized cubes. Boil for 5 minutes or until tender.
Drain, rinse in cool water, add all remaining ingredients and enjoy!

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3 Ways To Enjoy Your Juice Pulp!

No doubt, juicing can be an important addition to a healthy diet, but all too often I see people throwing away and discarding the pulp.

Pulp Fiction
I frequently see websites and blogs citing the following line from a popular juicing book:

“Pulp is merely fiber and fiber has no significant nutritional value”.

This information, however, is not accurate. Juicing does not molecularly extract the vitamins and phytonutrients from the fruit or vegetable being juiced.  It mechanically separates the juice from the flesh of the produce. What’s left behind after juicing is a nutrient dense pulp containing vitamins, antioxidants, carotenoids, flavonoids and phenolic compounds – according to a study conducted by the Department of Studies in Food Science and Nutrition by the University of Mysore.  Quercetin, an anti-inflammatory, cancer-fighting flavonoid that also protects from cardiovascular disease and hypertension, which is found in the skins of many fruits and vegetables, is highly concentrated in the pulp after juicing.

Juice pulp is also an excellent source of fiber. Diets rich in fiber can help improve blood sugar control, prevent the growth of some cancers, lower and control blood pressure, reduce the risk of heart disease and stroke, and can help manage appetite and weight.

So the next time you’re thinking about pitching that pulp, dream up some creative ways of incorporating it into a meal.  The following three recipes have been developed, tried and tested by yours truly.  I promise not to disappoint!

*All recipes are vegan/gluten-free using carrot, apple, beet, kale pulp

#1. Vanilla Almond Yogurt Adorned With Wild blueberries
Great for breakfast or late afternoon/evening  snacks!

  • 2 tbsp of pulp added to vanilla almond yogurt.

#2  “Tabouli Salad”

  • 2 cups of juice pulp
  • ¼ onion, chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 Tbsp of Dijon mustard
  • ½ cucumber
  • 1 chopped tomato
  • Handful of chopped parsley
  • Lemon/olive oil vinaigrette (juice from one lemon, 1 tbsp cold pressed extra virgin olive, dash of sea salt)

#3. Kale Pesto, Bean Sprout Wrap

Ingredients for Pesto Sauce

  • 1 tbsp coconut oil
  • ¼ onion, chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 cup kale
  • 5 fresh basil leaves
  • ½ cup unsweetened almond milk
  • ½ cup raw cashews
  • ½ tsp sea salt
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice
  • 1 tbsp water

Add cashews to food processor and pulse until finely ground and set aside.
Next, pulse kale, basil, lemon juice and water in food processor until smooth.
In a pot sauté onions and garlic in the oil on low/medium heat until softened, then combine all remaining ingredients together and gently simmer for 6 minutes.

Spread pesto evenly on wrap. Fill with a few tablespoons of the tabouli salad from recipe #2. Layer on some bean sprouts and roll. Serve with a dollop of honey-mustard dipping sauce, if desired.