Am I the poster child for kale or what? If you too want to wear your love of kale on your chest, support a good cause and go here to buy one of these babies.
So, the next question is…HOW do I eat more kake?
Answer: It’s so easy! Kale goes with everything, even chocolate. Yep, I’ve downed my share of chocolate protein shakes with kale included and I swear, you don’t even taste it. Promise.
My favorite kind of kale is Lacinato kale, AKA Dino kale. It’s easy to work with because the leaves are soft and less ‘wrinkly’, but in general I’m an equal opportunity kale consumer.
Tonight, to celebrate the arrival of my new shirt, I made this fabulous and very easy kale-inspired recipe
Quinoa, black bean and kale salad
2 cups cooked quinoa, slightly cooled (I cooked mine in the rice cooker with broth)
1 can each: corn and Trader Joe’s Cuban black beans
1.5 cups of finely chopped kale (also from Trader Joe’s in my case)
2 tbsp each: EVOO and fresh lemon juice
1 tbsp finely chopped scallions
1-2 tbsp finely chopped cilantro
spices (about 1 tsp each) cumin, sea salt, pepper, cayenne pepper
Mix the spices, cilantro, scallions with the oil and lemon juice in a bowl, set aside. Toss the corn and beans with the quinoa. Add the oil/lemon and mix half-way. Add kale and mix in thoroughly but try not to ‘mush’ the salad – toss lightly.
Chill and let the spices sink in! Enjoy.
This makes about 5-6 cups of salad, and I think it pairs nicely with white fish, such as Tilapia.