with so much attention on healthy resolutions for the new year, and a number of friends choosing to eat “gluten-free”, “dairy-free”, and/or “clean”, i figure no time like the present to launch my dream blog…healthy recipes, that tickle your taste buds. short term goals of making good eating decisions are a great way to kick start a new year or lifestyle, but more importantly, the positive effects of these changes will leave you feeling amazing and energized. my first post is a favorite in our household and will definitely get your gut healthy, and even tighten up that saggy rear a bit as well. buon appetito!
spicy toasted sesame kale salad
4 cups kale (8 oz bag), stems removed and torn into bite sized pieces
2 cups romaine lettuce, cut into bite sized pieces
1 medium cucumber, peeled and sliced
2 - 3 green onions, sliced white part only
3 tbsp olive oil
½ tsp sea salt
1/8 tsp cayenne pepper (more/less depending on spice tolerance)
1 tsp toasted sesame oil
1 tbsp white sesame seeds
1/2 package toasted black sesame crackers (about 35 - 40 crackers)
massage kale with olive oil, sea salt, and cayenne pepper for 2-3 minutes or until tender. add in romaine, cucumbers, green onions, toasted sesame oil, sesame seeds and mix together. when well blended and right before serving, crumble sesame crackers over the salad and mix in for a nice crunch. add salt to taste if necessary.