Crunchy Kale Salad with Everyday Miso and Tahini Dressing

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I used to be one of those people who would often say, ‘I don’t have time for this or that’. I think it’s a lame excuse and I’m now consciously trying not to say those words. We all get the same 24 hours every day and we all spend it as we wish. It’s all about priorities and trade-offs.   There’s this famous quote which rings true in many of my situations: “If it is important to you, you will find a way. If not, you’ll find an excuse.”

Now, making your own lunch often fall in the grey zone between being important/not being important. But when it only takes less than 20 minutes to make… there really is no excuse, is there?

I’ve been making this quick toss salad for a few months now, slightly differently every time depending on what I have in the fridge, but it is super easy and so quick to make that there really is no excuse for me to go and spend 30 minutes (and a few extra dollars) getting take away for lunch, other than pure laziness on my part, which was what I almost succumbed to last Sunday. But I didn’t. I made the salad, ate it and felt great. I even went on to prepare a few more for lunch this week to save some time washing up. And, yes, in case you’re wondering, they keep fresh for a few days in the fridge because I keep the dressing in a separate container.

The Everyday Miso and Tahini Dressing is something I’ve created to make eating raw vegetables so much more pleasant and enjoyable. It is inspired from my last trip to Japan where I had some of the most delicious salads, simply prepared and drizzled with lots of creamy sesame dressings. It’s full of umami taste (a fifth element of taste of which can be describe as a “pleasant savory taste”). It also serves well as a dip for celery sticks and carrots. It’s so simple to make and consist of 3 ingredients.

Salad with miso tahini

If you are struggling to find time to eat healthy or make you own lunch, then this salad is for you. You can prepare this on the night before, skip the greasy takeaway lunch, save some money and feel good about it.

You will love this salad.

  • It’s vegan
  • It’s crunchy and colourful
  • It’s tasty
  • It’s low cal

 You will also love the everyday miso tahini dressing.

  • It consists of only 3 ingredients
  • It contains no added oil or sugar
  • It takes seconds to prepare
  • It gives you lots of umami flavour without the MSG!

Make it, make it now.

Crunchy Kale Salad with Everyday Miso and Tahini Dressing
 
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A simple salad you can make everyday. This recipe makes 1 huge salad.
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Serves: 1
Ingredients
  • 1 bunch celery with leaves
  • 1 bunch of Kale
  • 1 handful of cherry tomatoes, halved
  • ½ avocado, skin and pit removed, sliced thinly
  • Salt and pepper
Everyday miso and tahini dressing
  • Ingredients
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon white miso paste
  • 1 tablepoon tahini dressing
  • 2-3 tablespoon of water (depending how thick you like your dressing)
Method
  1. Trim celery leaves and chop enough to measure 1 cup.
  2. Thinly slice stalks on deep diagonal. Place celery pieces in bowl of cold water. Drain celery; pat dry with paper towels.
  3. Remove stalks from kale and discard. Slice leaves thinly until you get 1 or 2 big handful of kale leaves.
  4. Combine kale, and celery in a bowl, add the tahini dressing and toss gently.
  5. Top with tomatoes and avocado and the drizzle with a bit more dressing.
  6. Season to taste with salt and pepper.
For the dressing
  1. Whisk all ingredients in small bowl to blend (you can use a fork or a small whisk).
  2. Gradually whisk in water and whisk until the desired consistency

So there you go. If you try this recipe, please let me know! Leave a comment, tweet it, or tag me on Instagram. I love seeing all your food photos.

xx

Keren

Food Tip Tuesday – Business Travel

I’m doing something cool while I’m in Perth for work this week which I thought would be perfect for this week’s Food Tip Tuesday.

Being a foodie makes it really really hard for me not to over-indulge while I’m travelling for work. It’s too easy to not follow your healthy eating habit because (a) it’s more convenient to eat out, (b)  you’re there only for a few days so why not make the most of it, and (c) work pays.

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So I found a way to make business travel a lot healthier… Check it out

When travelling for business, do a juice cleanse.

Instead of filling your body with junk, do the reverse and do a detox instead. Find a local business that delivers juice and have them send the juices to your hotel. I got mine from Au Naturale.

So, what do you think? Juice cleanse for business trip, yay or nay?

I’ll do an update of my experience next week. Stay tune!

 

xxx

Keren

Weekly Recap and 10 Tips To Salad Greatness

Last week has been sort of crazy! Work has taken another level of hectic-ness as we approach the end of the year and project timeline. Looks like I’m going to try and amp my efficiency two-fold over the next month. I was thinking of having a social media free day but I’m not sure if it’s a good idea at all… please convince me.

But here’s my Weekly Recap and 10 Tips To Your Best Salad Ever

Part 1 

Part 2

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A Kinder Halloween – Roasted Vegan Brain

vegan brain feature1Halloween. The second highest grossing commercial holiday after Christmas. What should I say, some people are for it, others are against it. As for me, my last Halloween dress up party was years ago so no spooky costume for me this year. I’m not really into gory stuff so the whole spooky halloween theme doesn’t really appeal to me.  I do however, love pumpkin and themed food so I love the creativity aspect of this event. I remember my last proper Hallooween brunch at Mr.G which was pretty weird and spooky with animal blood, hearts, ants, and other strange stuff. Reading the post again I can’t believe how much I’ve changed, being vegan and all. Eating animal body parts is now history for me. But as is the case with anything, it’s just good to reflect on the past, to see how far we’ve come.

So this year I’m doing a much much kinder Halloween :) Still somewhat spooky but definitely not as scary and weird.

Alright, let’s get into this recipe. It looks like brain, it’s vegan, gluten-free, paleo and it’s easy to prepare. It’s also healthy, tasty and certainly Instagram-worthy. If it doesn’t look impressive on camera, then what’s the point, right?

And right now you’re probably wondering how to create a vegan brain, eh? Well, it’s easy! It’s already out there.

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Weekly Recap and How To Be A Healthy Foodie

I’ve been quite frustrated lately for missing my own deadlines and having a backlog of posts I’ve been wanting to write but never had the time to actually write them. Between working full time (and travelling to and from work), exercising, prepping my meals, eating, sleeping, dog-walking, and maintaining a somewhat balanced life with social events thrown in here and there, I really don’t have a lot of spare time. I probably have about 2-3 hours of free time each day, most of which I spend working on this blog – my passion..

The word passion comes from the Latin word ‘passionem’ which means, “suffering or enduring”. To be passionate about a topic or a person is to be willing to suffer for them. I’m happy to sacrifice my time and energy and suffer (mostly from lack of sleep, little time and no monetary reward) for the pleasure of putting up something online which others may like and/or find useful. So, yes, I am passionate about this blog.

Anyway, to help with the lack of time, I’ve come up with a solution, which may or may not work but I thought I would try it out. I’ve been experimenting with making videos for a few months now and I’ve found that I quite enjoy the video editing process. I’m actually quicker at whipping up a video than a post: for me, talking is definitely faster than writing, and I’m not the most natural writer out there so making video blogs (a.k.a. vlogs) seem to be a perfect solution to share more content in the limited amount of time I have available.

So here is my first episode of my vlog series, which will consist of my weekly recap and any specific topics I want to cover each week. This week it is my one of my how-to-guides which I’ve been wanting to share for a while: How To Be A Healthy Foodie.

Hope you like it.

Summary and resource links from my weekly recap:

  1. Greenilicious Cook Book launch. Delicious, vegan friendly cookbook. Check it out.
  2. Essentialism – The Disciplined Pursuit of Less. Highly recommended for busy people.
  3. The Cruelty Free Festival. It’s on this Sunday 26 October 2014. I’m going :)

How To Be A Healthy Foodie

  1. Eat More. Eat more of the good stuff so you eat less of the ‘bad’ stuff. Action: Follow Popeye and eat more spinach :)
  2. Drink More. Drink more water.  Action: Drink 600ml of water upon waking up (it will also help with weightloss).
  3. Sleep More. Sleep is when you gain muscle, lose weight and regenerate. Action: Get at least 6- 7 hours of sleep everyday.
  4. Move More. The benefit of exercise goes beyond weight-loss. It’s key to good health. Action: Run, jog, walk, crawl – just do something.

Hope these four tips are useful and give you something to think about. These things are easy to do but are also easy not to do. Give them a go. Try implementing one or all of them consistently for four weeks and see how you feel.

Do you like the video, the format, or the topic? Do you have any tips you want to share? Feel free to leave a comment or three :)