Sesame Lime Slaw

SesameLimeSlawI’ve been slawed.

Bad joke?

Summer’s got me feelin’ all types of ways: it’s too hot, it’s too hot… oh well I guess I’ll just eat raw food until it gets nice and cool and I can dive into some warm, delicious curry or homemade stew. (Quit bitching, Casey. You can’t change what you can’t change.)

There’s just no reason to turn on the oven. When it’s almost 30 degrees celcius. And you aren’t a huge fan of summer. But on the bright side… raw food is delicious. And a nice change from the regular roster of dinners and sides. Easy, quick and tasty as all heck. Bring it to your next BBQ.. or eat it all yourself, same difference.

Sesame Lime Cabbage Slaw – Serves 4
4 cups green cabbage, julienned
2 stalks celery, sliced thin on a bias
2 carrots, peeled and shredded
1/4 cup cilantro, roughly chopped

Sesame Lime Dressing
1/4 white onion, diced
1 lime, zest & juice
2 tbsp maple syrup or agave
1 tsp apple cider vinegar
1/4 tsp ground ginger
1/2 tsp toasted sesame oil
salt & pepper to taste

1. Place all dressing ingredients in a high speed blender until smooth. Pour into a large bowl and set aside.
2. Process all veggies and place on top of dressing. Toss to coat & allow to marinate for at least 30 minutes. (This can sit at room temp to do this). Serve chilled or room temp. Will keep for 2-3 days.

 

 

Avocado & Grapefruit Kale Salad with Dijon Dressing

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I have a confession to make – I’m having an affair. A kale affair.

I somehow feel like kale is the ultimate body-healer. Sick? Have some kale. Tired? Have some kale. Maybe the media has confused me just a little bit?

On the real, though – kale is super great for your body. “Superfood” if you will. But why?

Bone building: High in calcium, magnesium and vitamin K which help to strengthen bones.
High in antioxidants and anti-inflammatory: kale is a great source of Kaempferol & Quercetin (both antioxidants) that have anti-inflammatory properties.
Hormone balancing: Kale contains Indoles – these natural suckers boost DNA repair and can protect against the spread of estrogen-dependent cancers such as breast cancer.

So… maybe the media hasn’t tricked me after all. Kale is super. And so are you!

Grapefruit & Avocado Kale SaladSeves 2 -3
4 cups shredded/chopped curly kale
1/4 cup parsley, roughly chopped
1 grapefruit, segmented and chopped
1 avocado, chopped
1/2 cup chopped cucumber
2 tbsp sunflower seeds
2 tbsp hemp seeds

Dressing
1 tbsp dijon mustard
1 tbsp maple syrup
1 tbsp olive oil
1 clove garlic, finely chopped/grated
salt
pepper

1. Combine all dressing ingredients in a mason jar and shake. Set aside.
2. In a large bowl, gently massage kale until the fibres have broken down slightly. Add the parsley, grapefruit, avocado, cucumber, sunflower seeds, and hemp seeds.
3. Toss with dressing, divide into bowls and eat it all up.