Thai Kale Salad Recipe

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Get ready to lick your bowls, people!!!! This dressing is SUPER DOOPER yummy!!!

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Serves 4

INGREDIENTS:
4 servings Curly Kale, torn or cut into bite-sized pieces
6 stalks Bok Choy, diced
2 heads broccoli florets, diced
2 large carrots, diced
6 green onions, thinly sliced
Juice of 1 lime
1 small head red cabbage, sliced/shredded
1 TBSP apple cider vinegar
1 bunch cilantro, chopped
1/4 cup sesame seeds
1/4 cup raw sunflower seeds

Thai Dressing:
3/8 cup almond butter (or peanut butter)
3/8 cup water
3 TBSP Tamari or Soy Sauce
3 TBSP lime juice (1-2 limes)
3 cloves fresh garlic, coarsely chopped

DIRECTIONS:
1. Wash and dry Kale.
2. In a medium bowl, toss broccoli, carrots and Bok Choy with green onions and lime juice; set aside.
3. Wash, dry and chop cilantro; set aside.
4. Mix dressing ingredients together (we use an immersion blender); set aside.
5. Toss shredded cabbage with apple cider vinegar (this gives it a great shimmer, and brightens up the flavor!). Set aside.
6. Toast sesame seeds and sunflower seeds (separately) according to the directions at the end of this post. Set aside.

Store red cabbage and cilantro separately from other veggies.

In individual bowls, top kale with mixed veggies, cabbage, dressing, cilantro and seeds.

Enjoy the salad, and don’t forget to lick the bowl!

Quick Dry-Roasted Sunflower Seeds (& Toasted Sesame Seeds):

This is a great method for toasting sunflower seeds (or sesame seeds) when you only need a somewhat small amount… Just heat a skillet on the stove over medium heat. When pan is hot, toss in some sunflower seeds (don’t crowd the pan…you want the seeds in a single layer). Stand guard over the pan, as the seeds go quickly from “perfectly done” to “burnt”! You don’t need any oil to make this delicious salad topping! Just stir the seeds frequently until golden brown. Remove from heat and sprinkle with salt (if desired). Transfer to a paper towel or plate, so the seeds don’t continue to cook/burn in the pan. Transfer to an air-tight container once cooled completely. Enjoy!

(Remember….If you enjoy this recipe,  be sure to get yourself a copy of our additive-free cookbook & grocery shopping guide, “Eating Additive-Free“! It’s stuffed with 150+ more tasty recipes!! Your satisfaction is guaranteed…or your money back!)

 

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Big diet changes for me!

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Helloooooo…ooo…ooo…it’s me...(sang in a perfect Adele voice of course). Ha!

Wow…it’s been over a year since I’ve written anything new on this blog! Hopefully you remember who I am?!?!?

Perhaps this will help – my  website is primarily about natural recipes and avoiding food additives; and my natural foods journey began many years ago when I was diagnosed with Fibromyalgia and then alleviated my symptoms through natural lifestyle changes (click here to read my return-to-health story).

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Me and our teeny home on wheels!

I also blog about happiness, gratitude, following your dreams, and my full-time RV traveling life.

I’d explain why I’ve been gone so long from the blog, but it’s a long and complicated story (i.e., I’ve got limited data at this campground right now, so it’ll be cheaper for me not to! Ha!). We’ll save those details for a future post if that’s cool with you?

New blog posts have been brewing in my head this past year, and I’m finally making time to sit down and share them. What finally prompted me to sit down and start sharing with you is that during the past couple of years of our travels, I’ve finally gotten up the nerve to lighten up a bit on my 100% additive-free diet.

Wow! I never thought I’d utter those words!

When I learned about food additives many years ago (and alleviated all of my Fibro symptoms by avoiding them), I assumed they’d never, ever pass through my lips again. But, alas, I do actually enjoy going out to eat sometimes these days (and ordering more than water!)…and I’ve even eaten regular ol’ candy! Gasp!

(I know, right?!)

Yes, I know…it sounds crazy coming from me! And, perhaps, you find it hypocritical…because I do still very much believe that a 100% additive-free diet is best for us physiologically. For now though, I’ll just say two things:

1) Life is a journey. And, I could be wrong, but I do anticipate myself returning to a more pure diet again in the future.

2) Our physiological health is determined by many factors in addition to our diets, including our mental state.

Loosening up on my dietary restrictions has brought me much joy and fellowship and also encouraged me to believe that I’ll be able to travel more freely in the future (perhaps internationally?) without having to be so 100% concerned with every ingredient in every thing that passes through my lips. And that has been so incredibly freeing!

costco-pizzaYou may be wondering….

“Exactly how and why did you start loosening up on your dietary restrictions?”

“How often do you eat things that aren’t additive-free?”

“How are you feeling physically?”

“Do you ever have reactions from the additives?”

“Aren’t you  worried about Fibro symptoms returning?”

“What exactly have you eaten?”

Stay tuned, and I’ll do my best to ease these curiosities (and more!) in my next post.

Oh, and… be sure to SUBSCRIBE HERE if you’d like to make sure you don’t miss any future posts about my journey with natural health, RV travel and following my dreams! 

And if you have questions, please comment below. I’ll do my best to include those answers in my next post or answer you directly. See you soon!!