clean eating

Raw Tuscan Kale & Quinoa Salad

On weekends, I like to prepare my food for the rest of the week otherwise I feel SUPER SHAMBLES. Weekday mornings are made are less frantic when there are healthy pre-portioned meals and snacks in my fridge that can be tossed into my bag before running out the door. This shredded raw kale salad only calls for a handful ingredients that you already have in your pantry and incorporates 2 of everyones favourite buzzwords foods: KALE AND QUINOA.

Raw Tuscan Kale & Quinoa Salad

Raw Tuscan Kale & Quinoa Salad (3-4 servings):
– 10 to 12 stalks of tuscan kale
– 1 1/2 C quinoa (uncooked)
– 3 C water or chicken stock
– 1/2 of a small red onion, thinly sliced
– a few pinches of salt to season
– 1 tbsp red pepper flakes
– A little less than 1/8 C balsamic vinegar
– 1/4 C olive oil
– 1/4 C shredded parmesan or pecorino (feta is also really good in this salad)

Instructions:
Cook your quinoa (I cook mine in a rice cooker 1:2 ratio of quinoa to water). Set aside.
Chiffonade/shred/fine chop the kale leaves and place in a large bowl. Add onion, salt, red pepper flakes, vinegar, and oil. Massage the kale with your hands, massage it real good! Doing this will make the kale sweeter, tender, and incorporates all of the flavours from the dressing & red pepper flakes. Once you’re done massaging your kale, add your cooked quinoa. Mix. Add the cheese. Mix. And you’re pretty much done!

For added nutrients, I usually add a sprinkle of sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds, hemp seeds, and crumble up some leftover baked salmon into it. It’s also really good with a poached egg (erhmahgerd dat oozy yolk, you guys), shredded chicken, canned tuna, or whatever protein you have in your fridge. It’s one of those “kitchen sink” salads where you can add whatever that’s in your pantry or fridge, and you’re sorted. Sometimes I add panko for a crunchy texture, or craisins (or blueberries if they’re in season) for added sweetness. Seriously really easy to adapt.

Anyways. Improve your life with dark leafy greens, meal prep some wholesome clean food, sweat at least once a day, drink as much water as possible… then watch your energy and concentration skillz soar.

XO, MC

Advertisements

baby kale salad with grilled chicken, white peaches, & honey ginger sesame vinaigrette

Warm September nights of weeks past called for simple, light, and refreshing dinners… I just couldn’t handle standing over a hot stove in the lingering summer heat! This salad was such an easy throw-together-meal (and nutrient packed with the baby kale, spinach, and hemp seeds) that I had to share… and who doesn’t like white peaches?!

baby kale salad with grilled chicken, white peaches, & honey ginger sesame vinaigrette

What you need (serves 1):

For the salad:
– A few handfuls of baby kale & spinach, or whatever greens you have in your fridge.
– 1 grilled or boiled chicken breast, sliced into strips
– 2-3 tbsp slivered almonds + whatever nuts/seeds you prefer. I had some pumpkin & sunflower seeds so I sprinkled those in there too for added protein.
– 1 tbsp hemp seeds
– 1/2 white peach, sliced into wedges. A pear would also work when peaches are no longer in season.

For the dressing: 
– 1/2 tbsp olive oil
– 1/2 tbsp sesame oil
– 1 tsp honey ginger balsamic vinegar**

Directions:
1. Throw greens into a medium sized bowl.
2. Put the oil + vinegar into a small jar, cover with a lid, and shake shake shake (or whisk whisk whisk in a bowl) until the mixture looks uniform.
3. Pour vinaigrette over your greens. Toss.
4. Add the chicken, almonds, and seeds. Toss.
5. Transfer to a serving bowl/dish & garnish with the white peach.

Et voila! In true #singlegirldinner style, I had mine with a glass of chilled white wine :)

baby kale salad with grilled chicken, white peaches, & honey ginger sesame vinaigrette

<3 MC

** (I buy my flavoured olive oils & balsamic vinegars from this fantastic store in Edmonton called EVOOlution. Their staff is incredibly knowledgeable, and they carry such an extensive variety of oils & vinegars with note cards that have suggested pairings, I honestly just want to buy the entire store. It’s dangerous.)