Tuesday, April 8, 2008
You know that little pep talk in my last post was really for me. I made a commitment to eat better and well eating better (especially in the South) can be challenging but not at all impossible. When I was in Zanzibar I literally ate avocado all day - breakfast, lunch and even with dinner. Zanzibar had these big- huge avocados that had a wonderful flavor - a completely different taste than the Haas avocados. That with nice long walks on the beach and some salt water therapy gave this Sistah Goddess her yummy figure back. I also got this really nice chocolate brown "tan" that I am trying to hold on to but Atlanta looks like San Francisco lately...
Ok, I am going to reveal that I was vegan for about seven years, vegetarian for longer and now I am just doing whatever I want to do!! (That's my theme lately and I am lovin' it) Did I mention I was a strict raw foodist for about a year and a half??!! Its all good - one goes through extremes sometimes to find balance - although I see nothing wrong really with eating fresh food all day if you live in a nice hot place. For me, cold winters are a challenge as a raw foodist.
Anyway, I usually fast and cleanse every season change or if I am moving through a major life change. It is a good idea after eating whatever you have been eating to began a fast or cleanse by eating really light - so I am on this Kale Salad. I use to eat this everyday! It is so delicious and versatile. A few weeks of eating this will have your light ON!! People will ask what you are doing? You don't have to cleanse to eat this, in fact just have it with your meal. I even made it for my Southern relatives and they loved it, even asked for the recipe. So, I am sharing it with you...
1 bunch of kale
some purple onion (chopped thin and fine)
some minced garlic (fresh is better than the jar stuff or use garlic powder)
some chopped red bellpepper
sesame seed oil
Eden shake (get at Whole Pay Check - I mean Whole Foods)
Japanese Mirin (cooking wine, adds a sweet flavor)
Noma Shoyu or Tamari Sauce (Noma Shoyu is the raw version of tamari, also at the "paycheck")
1. Wash your kale, well.
2. Strip the leaves from the stem and discard the stem.
3. In a big size bowl - take the kale and massage it with your hands until tender.
4. Add your onion, garlic, red bellpepper (use the amount you like).
5. Toss in a light amount of mirin (1 tablespoon or more) and sesame seed oil (about 1 to 2 tablespoons just enough to lightly coat the leaves. Add noma shoyu as well (it is salty so keep that in mind)
6. Spice with cayenne pepper or creole seasoning (remember you have nomo shoyu on there already...)
7. Optional: you can add some sprouts, fresh tomatoes, avocado, lemon juice instead of nomo shoyu, corn, roasted peppers, chipotle powder, tahini, etc... Be creative.
Here is the nutrition:
Kale has more protein that a steak. Kale has the more iron than a steak. Kale is full of fiber - it is no mistake you are seeing all these commercials for drugs to get yah regular!! All that fiberless food from the fastfood can take a toll. Kale is definitely on my list of top 10 Sistah Goddess foods!! Give it a whirl and let me know what you think.