Friday List

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Beautiful beets at the Shirlington Farmers Market- check it out this Sunday.

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Listening to Brandi Carlile (thanks for the tickets Jenny and Bonnie!)

Making these drinks this weekend! Where to begin, they all look amazing!

The word detox to describe food, diets, or recipes rubs me the wrong way. What does it mean anyway? I love this post about clean eating. I think people need to move away from using detox and begin eating clean!

Interesting article and informative website about agriculture.

Why grass-fed is important and a great insight into the industry.

I got my first produce box from hungry harvest last week, excited for another to come this Sunday! Check out this company and sign up if you live in the area.

Going here for happy hour!

Hope you all have a great weekend! Cheers

Coconut Kale Salad

Kale topOOhhh summer! What happened to having the summers off, relaxing and laying in the sun? Time has gotten away from me and I don’t even know what I’ve been doing. Trying to take advantage of all DC has to offer, traveling, concerts, markets, etc. work really seems to get in the way sometimes 😉  I have been making a lot of really quick and easy meals lately, given that it is nearly 90- 100 degrees on a daily basis, it is fitting and necessary to keep things simple.

In college I think I was one of the only nutrition students that did not like kale. How could a dietitian not like the dark leafy super food?! I guess over the years I just continued to try it, prepared a number of ways and eventually came to love it. Kale is so versatile and easy to incorporate into almost any meal. I encourage you, even you are not a kale lover yet, try this recipe and see if you change your mind, what’s the worst that can happen?kale salad

close kaleThe Recipe:

1 Bunch of kale, torn off stems

1 Tb Coconut Oil

1/4 cup unsweetened coconut

1/4 raw cashews

Dressing:

1/2 juice from lime

1 Tb. rice vinegar

2 heaping spoonful of coconut yogurt- I used Siggi’s, so good and lower in sugar than a lot of other yogurts

1 Tb. coconut aminos (or fish sauce)

2 Tb. sesame oil

Directions:

1. Heat coconut oil in saute pan until melted. Add kale and saute until wilted, about 7 minutes, I sometimes add a little water and put a lid on the pan so it is halfway between sauted and steamed.

2. Mix all ingredients for the dressing in a small bowl.

3. Take kale off the heat and place into a large serving bowl. Top with remaining ingredients and toss with dressing.

French Lentil Salad

myparisktichenWith Bastille Day coming up tomorrow I decided to open My Paris Kitchen Cookbook by David Lebovitz. If you don’t know David Lebovitz you should definitely check out his blog and this cookbook. I love this cookbook, it is full of history and stories behind each recipe, along with information about the specific ingredients. The recipes are inspired by more than just french cooking, with influence from different cultures and foods. It is put together beautifully with amazing photography of Paris cityscape and simple food. I am inspired and transported back to France every time I open this book! MPK lentil salad

This recipe is not the first thing you would think of when you think french cuisine, its not crepes, croissants, or anything fancy, just an unpretentious yet charming salad. The recipe calls for French Green Lentils which I did not have so I used my lentil mix. These lentils have traveled across the country and moved with me 4 times. I bought this specific bag of lentils from Costco when I moved into my apartment in Seattle 4 years ago! (does this make me sound like a hoarder, I am not I promise I just hate throwing good food away). At the time I had never had lentils but figured I would give them a try. I lived in that apartment for 9 months and they just sat in the cupboard. I packed them up and moved them to Michigan, then a townhouse in Arlington, VA, a small house in Arlington, and now the current house I live in. So I have decided it is time, time to use these lentils up before I have to move again, and I am glad I did. This recipe is deliciously simple, bursting with fresh flavor. It makes a great side dish or main entree in the summer.
up close lentil saladI made the salad to bring to an outdoor movie in the city with some friends. When Harry met Sally was playing. I can not believe I had never seen this classic before!  Outdoor movies are the best, delicious food, a blanket, “hiding” wine in a plastic cup, good friends and an 80 degree night makes for a perfect summer evening 🙂
lentil salad from above

The Recipe adapted from David Lebovitz:

Lentils

1 1/2 cups lentils (Lebovitz recommends Green Lentils from Le Puy)

1 bay leaf

5 springs of thyme

1 carrot, peeled and finely chopped

1 Tbs. honey

1 Tbs. Olive oil

Dressing

1 Tbs. red wine vinegar

1 1/4 tsp. sea salt or kosher salt

1 tsp. Dijon mustard

1/3 cup olive oil, or half walnut oil (I used almond) and half olive

1 small shallot, peeled and minced

Freshly ground black pepper

1/2 cup finely chopped flat-leaf parsley

1 cup walnuts, toasted and chopped

1 cup crumbled goat cheese

Directions

1. Heat oven to 400 degrees. Toss carrots, honey and olive oil onto a baking sheet. Place in the oven for about 20 minutes or until soft and tender.

2. Rinse the lentils and put them in a saucepan with plenty of slightly salted water, the bay leaf and the thyme (try not to leave these out, it really does make a big difference in taste!). Bring to a boil, decrease the heat to a simmer and boil for about 15 minutes.

3. While the lentils and carrots are cooking you can make the dressing. Mix liquid ingredients in a small dish, or a large bowl, I like to add the dressing gradually though.

4. Drain the lentils, removing the bay leaf and thyme. Mix them with the carrots, dressing, and let cool to room temperature, stirring occasionally.

5. Add fresh pepper to taste, parsley, nuts and goat cheese. I served the salad at room temperature, but ate it the next day cold as leftovers, Lebovitz serves it warm, so whatever you prefer!

Enjoy!

Amanda

Inspiration List

lazy dogsA round up of things I am reading, watching, and doing that inspire me and make my heart happy 🙂 I hope you enjoy them as much as I do!

This is a great article! (and I LOVE Chickpea Magazine). I am not vegan but I resonate with her story and the stresses of living by a set of rules. Trying to find a balance and changing your state of mind is crucial when it comes to healthy eating and lifestyle changes in general!

I love yoga but it is so dang expensive. These free videos are perfect!! I just started her 30-day yoga challenge, you should join me and let me know what you think.

Food waste has been in the news a lot lately! Everyone should watch this movie. It is eye-opening, inspiring and overwhelming.

I am reading Brene Brown- Daring Greatly. Check out her blog, TED Talks and books – she is amazing!

Have an awesome 4th of July weekend!! WOOT WOOT!