Confessions

 

 

 

Dear readers, I feel I owe it to you to be transparent. And there’s something I haven’t been honest about.

Don’t get me wrong—I love Korea. I love kimchi. I love my adorable little kids (at least, up until 4 o’clock rolls around).

But I have been having second thoughts.

But for the last few weeks, I have been seriously contemplating my choice to come to Korea.

Something in my life was missing.

Something…………

Green.

Ahhhh.

So refreshing!

I have been craving green juice like whoa, my body misses that flying feeling of all my little cells overflowing with vibrant energy—until it finally occurred to me after the Vegan Urbanite spilled on her juicing finds in Korea.

And you won’t believe what she lead me to find.

 

My friends, this is not just some run-of-the-mill cruciferous vegetable, not your average joe leafy emerald.

This, my friends, is organic Korean kale. The god(dess) of greens. The alpha kale. Ahhh….

 

 

…Heaven. I think now, I might have to stay. (Sorry, mom!)

This beauty cost me about ~$90 CAD at the local HomePlus and already, my body deems it worth the investment. Hellooooo, happy cells.

 

 

Spring Greening

When the weather turns to spring, it seems like I crave all things green—green juices in the morning, salads for lunch, and green smoothies post-workouts, or just whenever… or maybe it’s just because after moving this past week I need to detox from the kitchen’s-in-boxes-so-let’s-eat-take-out and all-you-can-eat-buffets diet.

I guess that makes me sound kinda superhuman – trust me, I’m not. Most of the time I want sweet potatoes and bread and almond butter and chocolate.. duh.

Anyways.

Since I’ve disappeared a little longer than I’d like with the move and the craziness of catching up on my income post-studenthood, I’ll try and make it up to you today with two recipes. One tried-and-true, another with a little zing. For those days when you want to get WILD—with salad dressing.

This is the salad I craved yesterday.. Massaged kale, parsley, and pea shoots with pumpkin and hemp seeds, and a side of flax bread spread with a sclop of pumpkin seed butter

Tried and True Go-To: Tangy Apple Cider Dressing

(vegan, gluten-free, nut-free, dairy-free, soy-free, sugar-free)

1/4 cup apple cider vinegar

1 tbsp tahini or sesame butter

1 tsp dry mustard power

one clove garlic, minced

juice of one lemon

pinch or two of sea salt

a bit of ground black pepper

1/4 cup sesame oil

1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil (if you have flax oil, vega oil, or another healthy oil.. go for it!)

Emulsify in blender, adding oils last in a steady stream while other ingredients are blending. You can pretty much put this fail-safe dressing on anything!

Wild Side: Raw Fig Balsamic Dressing

(mostly raw—the balsamic isn’t, vegan, dairy-free, soy-free, gluten-free)

1/2 cup cashews, soaked at least 2 hours

5 dried figs, soaked at least 2 hours together with cashews

3 tbsp balsamic vinegar

1/4 cup water

1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil

juice of 1/2 lemon

pinch of sea salt

Blend together in food processor. Its a bit thicker of a dressing, so if you have a squeeze-y tube it would make the best dispenser. This would go great on baby spinach with some currants, toasted almonds, and hemp seeds!

 

Post-St. Pat’s Recovery Fuel

If you’re feeling a little less-than-dapper this morning, I’ve got a little lucky charm for you. That is, if you can get out of bed to make it. (It will be worth it, I promise).

The best think about this little green monster is that it’s got a hint of mint, to scare away all the creepies left from whatever else you put in your mouth last night. Plus a whooping dose of antioxidants, a punch of electrolytes, and some greens to make your body happy. Plus there’s literally no easier way to digest some greens than in a smoothie.. unless you eat baby food. (Please don’t eat baby food. Please.)  Top o the morning to ya!

Shamrock Smoothie (adapted from Fresh)

Vegan, dairy-free, soy-free, nut-free

Ingredients

1 cup almond milk OR coconut water

1 teaspoon matcha tea

1 drop of peppermint essential oil OR a few sprigs of fresh mint

1 or 2 handfuls of spinach (depending on size of your hands…)

1/2 to 1 banana (best if frozen!)

Optional:

1 teaspoon maca (a natural adaptogen to return things to normal)

1 scoop of vega (lots of vitamins, minerals, and other goodies) OR 1 scoop of protein powder

1/2 avocado OR a bit of flax oil for some good fats

Instructions

Put all ingredients in the blender in order ascribed (blends best with liquid on bottom, then powders, then greens, and the weight of the banana keeps everything compacted down). Start blender on low, then switch speeds up to high. Pour into a glass, plop in a straw, and slurp back the goodness! Now, don’t you feel like a lucky charmer again?