Happy Belly, Happy Life

I feel like i’ve become a foodie as of late, I love trying new foods and testing out new recipes and although I’ve never been one to calorie count it can all get a little much, especially with all the rich sweets and savoury summer treats. Every now and then I like to toss in a bit of a “detox dish” to balance out the rest. It just makes you feel better about all the other junk you might be putting into your system. The other day I made a detox salad with fresh, crispy veggies and a homemade vinaigrette which turned out absolutely amazing so I wanted to share the recipe with you guys. It’s super easy to make and all the delicious ingredients will make you feel good about what you’re putting in your body. It’s also packed with proteins and healthy fats to keep you feeling full longer. I really liked this salad and I hope you guys do too.

Detox Salad

  • 2 cups of kale
  • 2 cups red cabbage, thinly sliced
  • 2 cups broccoli florets
  • 2 large carrots, peeled and grated
  • 2 avocados, peeled and diced
  • 1/2 cup fresh parsley, chopped
  • 1 cup walnuts
  • 1 tablespoon sesame seeds

Dressing

  • 1/3 cup grapeseed oil
  • 1/2 cup lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon fresh ginger, peeled and grated
  • 2 teaspoons whole grain mustard
  • 2 teaspoons pure maple syrup, optional
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt, or to taste

Directions

  1. Whisk together all ingredients for the dressing (I put it all in my magic bullet for about 30 seconds) and refrigerate until ready to use.
  2. Add the kale, cabbage, broccoli and carrots to a large serving bowl.
  3. Pour desired amount of dressing over the salad and toss until everything is coated.
  4. Add the parsley, diced avocado, sesame seeds and walnuts and toss again.
  5. Enjoy!

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Honestly, because of all the protein in the salad, I could have easily had it as my main entree, but instead it was served on the side with a t-bone steak, steamed broccoli and sautéed mushrooms -anyone else starting to get hungry?IMG_3247

I usually get most of my recipes online (mostly from pinterest which is where I found the recipe for the detox salad) but I recently decided to expand my horizons and invest in a cook book; I’m basically pulling a Julie and Julia. I got the book “20 Dinners” by Ithai Schori (a photographer) and Chris Taylor (an indie rock musician). The book takes you through 20 different dinners -5 per season- from beginning to end starting with delicious appetizers, entrees and main meals and even suggests beverage pairings. I can’t wait to expand my culinary chops with some of these recipes and I’ll be sure to keep you guys posted!

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