I definitely have to give a shout out to "rebel yogi" slash seriously awesome chick Tara Stiles (of Strala Yoga fame, among other things) for my new weekday lunch obsession. Many of the recipes I came across on Tara's food blog (check it out here) inspired this new crunchy creation - raw kale salad with red onions, red bell peppers, sesame seeds and hummus dressing. It's super easy to make (takes about all of 5 minutes), it's crazy nutritious (kale has zero fat, helps prevent cancer, is packed with antioxidants and Vitamins A, C and K and much, much more you can read about here) and, most importantly, it's ridiculously delish.
Here's the recipe -
Ingredients (makes 2-3 servings):
- 5 cups of raw kale (stems and ribs removed)
- 2 red bell peppers (cored and diced)
- 1 red small onion (diced)
- 3 tablespoons sesame seeds
- 4 heaping tablespoons of your favorite hummus (I happen to like Sabra supremely spicy hummus for a little extra kick)
- a dash or two of olive oil (I love frank olive oil)
Making it happen:
In a medium bowl, toss kale, bell peppers and red onions (side note: feel free to substitute or add your favorite raw vegetables here - broccoli, zucchini, sugar snap peas, etc.). Mix in hummus and olive oil (Tara Stiles suggests getting down and dirty and using your hands to mix it up for even distribution). Sprinkle with sesame seeds and give it one more good mix. Enjoy!
On the go:
Working as a corporate lawyer, one obstacle I constantly tackle is how to eat healthy at work. It's easy with this recipe. I buy a big tub of hummus at the beginning of each week and store it in the refrigerator on our floor at work (of course, this only works if your office does, indeed, have a fridge). I also keep a bottle of olive oil and sesame seeds tucked away in one of my desk drawers (along with red pepper flakes, hot sauce and an assortment of other condiments that you don't have to refrigerate). All I have to do is toss some kale, peppers and onions each morning in a tupperware container and take it to the office. Come lunch time, I finish the rest and - voila! - a healthy midday meal.
Happy and healthy eating!