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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

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Breakfast Quinoa

Usually I put quinoa in my salads or substitute it for rice in my meals, so the thought of having quinoa for breakfast seemed kind of interesting. Last week, I was revisiting the recipes I had bookmarked and came across a recipe that prompted me to explore this ‘breakfast quinoa’ situation. I omitted the apple sauce & brown sugar but it tasted just fine with just blackberries, coconut, and almonds. Best of all, it’s super healthy so let’s high-5 to that.

I’m going to try it out with fresh mangoes tomorrow. UM, YUM.

<3 MC