Monday, November 14, 2011

"Hail to the Kale" Salad

I found this lovely raw kale salad recipe on Dr. McDougall's website.  I think it was in one of his newsletters.  Anyhow, my oldest daughter LOVES this salad and I do too!  It is not "low fat" but if you would like to make it low fat I recently got a message from Chef AJ, the creator of this recipe.  Her notes are at bottom of this post.

1 large bundle curly kale, washed
1 tbsp sesame seeds unhulled (I omitted these)
1/2 cup cup peanut butter or almond butter (I used almond butter)
1/2 cup water
1/8 cup fresh lime juice
1 clove garlic crushed
1 tbsp low sodium Organic Tamari
2 pitted raw dates
1/4 tsp red pepper flakes

Place peanut butter, water, lime juice, garlic, Tamari and dates in the blender on high until blended smoothly.  Dump 1/2 of the dressing over the kale and toss with hands, adding more as needed.  You can eat this right away but it tastes better if you let it marinate for at least 30 minutes.  You can even let it marinate overnight and it will wilt the kale nicely.

Enjoy!  And below is a note from Chef AJ on how to make it low fat:

"I am Chef AJ the creator of this recipe.  I am so glad you like it!  To make it lower in fat, simply substitute cooked cannelini beans (drained and rinsed) for the nut butter, than add back in 1-2 tablespoons of the nut butter until the desired flavor is achieved.  You will find many more delicious whole food plant based recipes without sugar, oil or salt in my book UNPROCESSED."
Love and Kale,

Chef AJ

What a Healthy Family Eats in India again: Part 2

What a trip we had in India!  Each time we go it is a different adventure that unfolds spontaneously.  It's always more of a family visit when we go, but we try to see at least two or three historic sites because there is so much to see and each region in India is completely different.  Here we are at the ISKON Krisha Temple in Vrindivan.  We also saw the Taj Mahal in Agra for the first time.  Now that I know the history behind it, I'm not so impressed with it :(  While it's nice to look at, I can't think of nice things when I see it.

Here is my mother in law's "Chole" with Chapati and Basmati rice.

Big pot of Chole...

Subjiwalla delivered fresh organic local vegetables 7 days a week right to our door in Roorkee.  I wish we had this option here in the US.  You have to preorder everything you want delivered and you usually don't know what you are getting until the delivery day.

"Indian salad".  Look at these beautiful carrots!!

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

What A Healthy Family Eats in India this month

I've been away from the blog for most of October due to being in India!  Yes, again, already!  We made a last minute trip to check in on my Father In Law, who's health is declining.  We also thought it would be nice for the kids to spend the Diwali (Indian New Year) with their grandfather, should it be his last. 

I have some photos to share of our visit so far, some food related, some not. Unfortunatley I am having a bit of trouble uploading photos to blogger, so I managed to only upload one photo after trying several times for two days!!

Below is a photo of my meal on the our Lufthansa flight from Frankfurt to Delhi in case you were wondering what a vegan meal looks like on an international flight.  The yellow patties were polenta...I think.  At least that's what it tasted like :) The gelatin was made with agar agar.  There was an interesting veg based spread for the white dinner roll.  I had to try it even though I really hate white bread!  It was good, I could have had it on some rice crackers instead.

Airplane food is never exciting, but I like the fact that vegan meals are an option.  You do need to call ahead or let the travel agent know when you are booking the flight. 

More photos and stories are coming as soon as I can get the uploading part to work!