Tahini Dressing and Kale Salad. Vegan. GF.

Tahini Dressing and Kale Salad. Vegan. GF.
Tahini Dressing and Kale Salad. Vegan. GF.

Another Monday back again.  I hope you’re caffeinated and that your week has started out on the right foot!  Yesterday was our 19th wedding anniversary.  We managed to celebrate all weekend long and it really was so nice.  Simple things like going to breakfast together. We took walks with the dogs.  It was just really nice to spend alone time together.  Plus our 14 year old started her first “official” job on Saturday and that made her and us very happy.

I did spend some time in the kitchen yesterday and whipped up one of our favorite salads and dressing.  I realized I had never shared it on my blog so I thought it would be perfect to share today for Meatless Monday.  You can pair this up with your favorite protein, I typically do tofu or tempeh.  Yesterday I just added nuts for protein and I was filled for hours.  It’s so good and the trick to making the rough textured kale nice and palatable.
Ingredients:

Dressing –

1/3 cup of tahini
1 tablespoon of chickpea miso
2 tablespoons of maple syrup
1 tablespoon of hot chili sauce (chipotle or Sriracha) – you can use more or less
1 tablespoon of rice vinegar
1 tablespoon of sesame oil
1/3 cup of orange juice
3 tablespoons of lemon juice
Salt and pepper

Directions:

Add all of your dressing ingredients and whisk together.  Taste test and adjust seasoning.
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Kale salad ingredients:

1 large bunch of curly leaf kale, remove the thick spine of the leaves and tear into bite sized pieces (wash/dry)
1 cup of cherry tomatoes
1/4 cup of nutritional yeast
Sunflower seeds
Pepitas
Dried fruit – like cherries, raisins, apricots
Spring or red onions
Diced carrots
Bell peppers
Diced avocado

Whatever veggies you wish to add are all perfect.

Remove the hard spine.  Tear into bite sized pieces and wash/spin to dry in your salad spinner.  To wilt the kale down, making it more palatable and not as tough to eat – Add about 1 heaping tablespoon of the dressing or a little more to the bowl of kale.  With washed hands, get in there and massage the leaves for about 2 minutes. The dressing will help to wilt the kale down making it not a tough to eat.  Once the greens are wilted, add your additional ingredients. Serve and enjoy!
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Nutritional yeast adds a nice cheesy flavor to the salad. Nutritional yeast boasts a whopping 8 grams of protein in 2 tablespoons, which is the same amount found in 1/2 cup of most types of beans and legumes. It’s also only 45 calories per 2 tablespoons, making it one of the lowest calorie sources of protein out there. I do prefer Bragg’s which is sold in most grocery stores.  Nutritional yeast contains 4 grams of fiber in just 2 tablespoons, which is equivalent to 1/3 cup oatmeal & 1/2 cup broccoli. Nutritional yeast is a good source of several minerals that also contribute to healthy blood sugar, including magnesium and zinc.  The most well-known benefits of nutritional yeast is its wealthy stores of B vitamins. Two tablespoons of nutritional yeast contains: 9.6 milligrams of Thiamin (640 percent) , 9.7 milligrams of Riboflavin (570 percent), 56 milligrams of Niacin (280 percent), 9.6 milligrams of Vitamin B6 (480 percent), 240 micrograms of Folate (60 percent), 1 milligrams of Pantheonic Acid (10 percent), and 7.8 micrograms of Vitamin B12 (130 percent).
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This salad stores well but you may need to add additional dressing to it.
fitness_update
Tapering continues.  Pretty  much all I need to say on that subject.  Fueling.  Resting.  Rolling… a lot.

Sunday: outdoor run
Monday: outdoor run/core/tricep dips/push-ups

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— Knead to Cook

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