You may have noticed—I’ve been doing some redecorating.
Though I’ve had a blog since I was 12 (and I wish Geocities was around so I could show you some proof!), I’ve always flipflopped on the topics about which I’ve talked. This time, though, I’ve got something I want to talk about, on the real—real, real good, food.
I’ve been considering the overhaul and becoming a dedicated food blog for quite some time now—so now that full-time school’s finished, I’m happy to dedicate my blog and myself to creating room for discussion about, sharing, and creating food. Food is such a centrepiece to our lives—it’s the starting point for gatherings, cultural rituals and celebrations, the foundations of our health, a part of our environment, and issues surrounding food are becoming more and more prevalent as society slowly takes notice of the problems within our current system. Though I may not always speak to those problems directly, I can assure you that eating the food I share here will only help you become a part of the solution.
So grab a good sharp knife, a cutting board, and ready your appetite—and welcome to my recharged blog, Kale and Kass.
But wait… there’s more!
I couldn’t leave you with a Kale-based blog without passing along my ALL-TIME FAVOURITE kale recipe EVER, now could I? I swear, this thing is like our family secret. I debated long and hard whether I should share this secret magical recipe, but then remembered that after all, food is about sharing. This super-powered salad got my mom and I through a month of two-a-day intensive hot yoga teacher training last summer—it is craveable, hunger-curbing, and convincingly tasty. And YES, you can eat kale raw! So with all that, I present you Kale and Kass’s flagship recipe: The Alpha Kale Salad.
The Alpha Kale Salad (raw, vegan, gluten-free, soy-free, sugar-free)
2 tbsp extra-virgin olive oil or EFA oil blend (I like Vega)
1 avocado, peeled, pit removed
1 clove garlic, minced
Juice of half a lemon
1 tsp sea salt
1 bunch kale, washed, stems removed, de-veined, and torn into bite-sized pieces
1/2 head of red cabbage, chopped into thin strips
2 carrots, peeled then shaved into short strips
1/4 cup toasted pumpkin seeds
1 handful of dulse (optional)
1 tbsp each chia, flax, and hemp seeds
In a bowl, mash together the oil, avocado, lemon juice, garlic, and sea salt with your hands or a fork. It’s fine to leave it a little bit chunky. Massage this oily mixture into the kale and set aside for at least 20 minutes (literally, massage the oil into the kale leaves as you would onto yours, or someone else’s body. Then get your head out of the gutter). This helps to soften the kale and remove the bitterness from the leaves, making it simple to eat raw.
In the meantime, toss together the rest of the ingredients.
Once your kale is softened, toss everything together and serve on a bed of quinoa or brown rice, or topped with some grilled tempeh or vegetables. Makes about 4 servings, but you might eat it all at once, and that will be totally a-okay.
If you liked this recipe, or just the blog in general, I highly encourage you to pass this blog along to other like-minded friends! Spread the good food goodness! And of course, thank you for reading.