I NEED A DETOX!!! Cookies, candies, baked goods, I cannot stop! Christmas, I love you but you’re killin’ me. I decided this week needed to be a healthy dinner week since my days are FULL of shuuuuugarrrrrr. I need an intervention, people. And thank you nice co-workers and random peeps for bringing by your baked goodies to the office but my tummy cannot handle anymore! I say all this as I shop and prepare for a major baking day of homemade cinnamon rolls, super simple toffee and oreo truffles – HA!! Hypocrite, much?
With detoxing in mind while making this week’s grocery list I hopped on the trendy kale train and decided to give it a go, raw. I saw this recipe on Skinnytaste (my go-to recipe site for all things healthy) and was 100% unsure I would even take a bite after I made it. I knew the hubs would be my taste-tester no matter what so I decide to commit. Wash, remove ribs (stems), slice, and massage the kale. Wait, massage? For realsies? I’m a direction follower to the T so I obey. It feels strange to massage your food, I admit. So I finish the massage, am still unsure at this point. Add the lemon juice and parmesan cheese and think how pretty it is. But I still don’t want to take a bite.
Good ol’ hubs to the rescue. After bite #1 he says he loves it. I’m thinking that maybe it’s just because he wants me to join his kale misery? But he is literally chowing down on KALE. KALE! My meat and potatoes man is scarfing green, leafy k-a-l-e. So, I try. To be completely honest, bite #1 for me was not my fav. It is still slightly bitter (yet nowhere near its normal bitter-ness pre-massage) and I’m pretty sure I overdid it on the lemon. But bite #2 was YUM. As I kept eating I started to crave it. On the second go-around I was more careful with the lemon and tasted as I went. Much better. All I could think about the next morn was kale! It was so, so good. We had it for the first time on Sunday, again on Tuesday and I’ve already purchased another bunch of kale so we can have more! Try it. I dare ya.
And, there’s more! The best part? IT DOESN’T WILT!!! This salad keeps for up to 3 days without wilting, even with the dressing on it! Woohoo! Add some chicken and avocado: Lunch made. Need a Christmas-y salad: Add some pomegranate arils (seeds) and pine nuts. The options are endless and I’m excited to explore new lunch possibilities. This non-wilting aspect is pretty much the best thing I’ve ever discovered. Healthy lunches made ahead of time, score! Now, excuse me while I go stuff my face with sugar and bake 305,462,984,647 calories. This weekend is go-time and I’ve got baked goods and DIY gifts to make galore. Good thing I got my kale vitamins =)
- 1 bunch kale, ribs (stems) removed
- 1 Tablespoon olive oil
- ½ teaspoon kosher salt
- 1 Tablespoon freshly squeezed lemon juice (to taste)
- ⅓ cup fresh grated Parmesan cheese
- Wash the kale well and remove the ribs (stems).
- Slice the kale into ¼-inch thin ribbons.
- In a large bowl combine the kale with oil and salt.
- Using your hands, massage the kale for 3 minutes until the kale softens. (It will noticeably soften and turn a darker green)
- Toss with the lemon juice (taste as you go so you don't overdo it) and grated cheese.
- NOTE: This will keep without wilting in an airtight container for up to 3 days!