Vegan Pesto with Avocado & Kale

Vegan Winter PestoPesto isn’t just for summer! Using avocado as the base, substituting greens for basil and nutritional yeast for parmesan cheese, this vegan recipe is flavorful, rich and can be enjoyed year-round. You won’t miss the cheese. Your body will love this heart-healthy, low-glycemic and fiber-rich ways to dress pasta.  Continue reading

Raw Kale Salad with Lemon Vinaigrette

Summer Kale Salad“Eat more kale”. I wish it had been MY idea to print this clever slogan on T-shirts. But, at least I can live the slogan. This is my new favorite way for its flavor and ease. The lemon vinaigrette actually softens the raw kale, which usually requires a separate step.

My mother made this salad for me during a recent trip home to SeattIe. I was pleasantly surprised to discover that what seems a modern combination of flavors was not, inspired by her latest Food Network marathon. Rather, the credit actually goes to her mother. I hope you will enjoy Virgie’s Raw Kale Salad as much as I do. It is irresistibly light and zesty. It is also rates high on the convenience factor. Feel free to make it in advance, as it will not wilt as quickly as other salads. Great job grandma!  Serves 2-4. Continue reading

Kale Chips

Kale ChipsKale chips are a quintessential healthy snack food. But, these nutritious and ubiquitous morsels will set you back nearly $36 per pound at your premium grocer! Why pay a premium when they are a snap to make at home for a fraction of the cost? Any kale will work, but most people prefer to work with Curly or Lacinato kale, also known as Dinosaur kale. These take only 15-20 minutes, assuming you are starting with clean and, this is the key, thoroughly dried kale. Continue reading

Raw Kale Salad with Lemon-Tahini Dressing

Tahini Lemon Kale Salad DressingFor detoxification, cancer-prevention and nutritional-density, kale is king! Juicing and steaming are common preparations. But, many people are hesitant to use it raw? Could there be such a thing as too much “crunch” in a salad? This simple and flavorful preparation changed my mind. The trick is letting the leaves soften before dressing and allowing the salad to “rest” before eating. Lacinato “dinosaur” or black kale work particularly well. Serves 2-4. Continue reading