Category Lunch

Massaged Kale Citrus Salad–Salty & Sweet & Spicy

organic-cabbage-plant-1255128-mKale is one of those leafy greens that are so good for you (in moderation), but a lot of folks just don’t like it. It has a bitter ‘bite’ to it that’s tough to take for those who aren’t into eating things that are very ‘green’ tasting. I’ve learned how to prepare kale many different ways, though, in order to make it taste better and let you enjoy the pleasure of eating it while getting the awesome plant-based nutrition that you may be wanting in your diet.

Kale chips are one of my all-time favorite snacks, super easy to make. It is, however, expensive and that’s a downside, but it’s so worth it. I make dehydrated kale chips, baked kale chips, fried kale chips, kale chips with nutritional yeast that taste like cheesy chips, kale chips with sea salt and pepper, kale chips with spices… I think you get the idea that I like kale chips.

But if you’re wanting to try kale more natural but still without that bite that is off-putting, then massaging kale with some citrus prior to serving it solves the problem easily and tastily. You can use lemon or lime if you want something that’s more tart or orange juice for something more sweet. Orange juice takes a little longer to take the bite out of the kale, so I use a combination of orange juice and lime juice to massage those juices into the kale and get that bite out faster than orange juice alone, and with a fresh, bright pop from the lemon juice too.

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Curried Black Quinoa Recipe

We made this dish for the first time tonight, and I was completely blown away by how complex the flavors are, how ‘buttery’ it tasted, even though we didn’t use a drop of butter, and how filling it was. I didn’t miss the meat in the dish at all, but I did mention below that meat could be added. This is, as written, a great vegan dish, if you use vegetable broth instead of chicken broth, and a good all-around vegetarian main course or a side dish. It would go great with a hearty or firm fish served over the top of it as well.

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Lettuce Wraps with Mango Pico de Gallo Salsa

1013707_10152980483630226_545739974_nWhile I made this recipe for the food stamp challenge, it’s yummy and worth making even when you’re not on such a tight budget. First, let me link you to my Asian Lettuce Wraps, so you can learn how to cook the meat from that. Really, all you need to do is cook some ground beef until it’s a flavor you like. If you want to Asian sweet and tangy recipe, you can click here for that. Otherwise, be creative. A little soy sauce, some oyster sauce, fish sauce or hoison sauce will all give you some Asian flare, and don’t be afraid to add the red pepper flakes to your meat too. For a Mexican flavor, go with some burrito or taco seasoning packages for quick and easy spices, or you can go Indian with some curry, cumin, turmeric and other great spices like those. The options for how to cook the meat are limitless only to your desire for flavor. Be bold. Be creative. Try something new for a new taste sensation!

The rest of the wraps are easy–whatever you like can go into a wrap. You want to use a good, hearty lettuce leaf. Romaine makes great lettuce leaf ‘boats’ where you can pick the whole thing up and eat it without too much trouble. Leaf lettuce is great in that it makes a great lettuce wrap, but you won’t be able to just pick it up–you’ll have to wrap the food up in the leaf. But I like the flavor of the leaf lettuce, sort of soft and buttery. Cabbage works fine for making ‘boat’ wraps too, purple or green or white cabbage. This goes great with the sweet and tangy Asian flavors and adds an entirely different nutritional value than the lettuce.

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White Kidney Beans, Squash, Potatoes, Spinach & Onion

whitebeansdishSo making my cheap and easy meal plan menus and recipes for the Food Stamp (SNAP) 30-Day Challenge, I present the first lunch meal I made for the first day of the challenge. I don’t really have a name for it or anything, so we’ll just go with what was included in the recipe. Of course, this is easily interchangeable with other forms of beans, but the white kidney beans are mild and go well with squash and onion.

The potatoes give some ‘heft’ to it, as do the beans, and the squash/spinach/onions gives us some veggie nutrition, then there’s the spices and the ‘sauce’ that the beans make. This can be served over rice or noodles if you want to add some starches to it, but I prefer not to and it really was filling enough without it.

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Asian Sweet & Spicy Beef Lettuce Wraps

These were yummy! Of course, when you’re making yours, you don’t have to use all the grass-fed organic beef and the low-sodium soy sauce and all that organic stuff, and this will still taste fabulous, but it won’t be as good for you! Substitute at will and enjoy!

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