Sweetness from the fresh figs & pomegranate seeds, salty from the crispy prosciutto and then tossed with a maple mustard vinaigrette? The PERFECT fall kale salad.
After going through withdrawal from our two-a-day pastas during our road trip in Italy, I tried to find a somewhat-healthy (but really not-so-healthy, hello butter sage sauce!) meal that would bring us back to the days of Italy. The reason I say “somewhat-healthy” is the switch from regular potatoes to sweet potatoes. But believe me, it is every bit delicious, light and pillowy as traditional gnocchi.
In the US Andrew and I LOVED the GT's Kombucha brand. They had some odd/interesting flavors that always made me feel 'healthier'. (ok ok, that may have been all in my mind). But, in Germany... these tasty/magically healthy kombucha brands don't exist! (They do have one or two brands of "kombucha" here, but it basically tastes like bubbly tea). I had always read that you could brew your own... and it was easier than I had thought!
The past few Valentines Days I've tried to bake something for Andrew as a little Valentines treat. (baking is how I show my love). It was much more romantic when we didn't live together, so I could show up with a nice little surprise. But the surprise factor doesn't really exist when he can hear the loud noise of my hand mixer whipping up a storm in the kitchen. Oh well...
This year I saw on pinterest these beautiful little meringues in the shapes of roses, so I thought i'd give it a try. The best thing is, its only 3 ingredients and they're not that bad for you. (it's really just egg whites + sugar + a lot of whipped air)
A few weeks ago Andrew mentioned something like "maybe we should add some different recipes into the mix?" ... at first - I was offended. "you DON't want kale salad at all meals?!" Then... I realized, maybe he's right. Challenge accepted.
So I got researching. My coworker & fellow 'health food fanatic' shared this link with me: "Healthy recipes for the month of February". And I was in love, so many interesting different recipes to try.
Its easy to fall into the routine of making the same easy dinners that you know you love over and over when you come home from work. So I challenged myself to try at least one new recipe each week. First, we are starting with a Sweet Potato Crust Pizza.
Ok, here it is... this is the recipe for our absolute FAVORITE Kale salad. This became our go-to recipe during our months of "wedding prep" with paleo-healthy eating. We would make a big batch for dinner, and then pack some for us to take for lunch the next day. (that way we had no excuse to get tempted and eat badly). One of the amazing things about this salad (other than being SUPER healthy) is the fact that you can add whatever toppings you want and it will taste amazing!