Mexican Sweet Potato Salad

One of my favorite things in life is to turn on some music, sip on a refreshing adult beverage and cook up a hearty meal using fresh ingredients. It's like therapy for me. Seriously. 

Mexican Sweet Potato Salad

1 lb ground bison, grass-fed
1/2 yellow pepper, diced
2 cloves of garlic, minced
1/4 yellow onion, minced
1 zucchini, thinly sliced
1 summer squash, thinly sliced
1 tomato, diced
1 large handful of kale, chopped
1 large sweet potato, chopped
1 avocado, diced
Dash of ground pepper
Pinch of sea salt 

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Method: 

Begin to brown the bison in a large skillet, add in clove of garlic and onion and saute. Add in the sea salt and pepper. While the bison is cooking, chop up your sweet potato and steam for about 12 minutes.

Add in the remaining ingredients to the bison and cook until the bison is cooked to your liking and the vegetables are tender. 

Serve with the diced avocado.

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Now, I went light on the seasonings because I was just excited about the fresh ingredients but you could jazz it up with some oregano, chili powder, cayenne etc...

Serves 3-4 (or...leftovers...)

And with the those leftovers, just toss over some romaine and eat cold ;) Yum! 

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My new beverage of choice... 

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Zipang

is the greatest thing since sliced bread IMO (gluten free sliced bread that is ;)). Seriously incredible. It tastes almost more like brew than a wine. I could go on and on about it, so you'll just have to try it. Not sweet, super refreshing AND gluten/sulfite-free. Aaah....

Enjoy ;)

-AEB

Warm Kale & Apple Garbanzo Salad

I often make a variation of this salad, and this time, did it a bit differently for a dinner party. With the response that I got and inquires for the recipe, I'm deeming it a hit. 

We had about twenty guests, so I'll downsize the recipe for you.

Warm Kale & Apple Garbanzo Salad

1-2 tbls EVOO
1 bunch of kale, chopped (don't dry after rinsing)
1/4 yellow onion, minced
2 zucchini, thinly sliced
1 apple, chopped (I used Cameo)
1 can of garbanzo beans, drained (be sure to get BPA free, I use Eden)
Splash of apple cider vinegar
Small handful of raisins
Small handful of hazelnuts
Dash of garlic powder
Dash of sea salt

Method

Heat the EVOO in a large skillet on low-meduim, add in the onion, zucchini and apple. Saute these together for a few minutes (until the onions begin to become translucent and the apple and zucchini soften). Add in the chickpeas and kale with the splash of apple cider vinegar. Stir everything around and let cook for a few minutes. Turn the heat down to low and continue to stir and saute until the kale is good and soft. Add in the raisins, hazelnuts, garlic and sea salt. Stir and allow the flavors of the ingredients to soak into one another. 

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Serves 4-6

Enjoy ;)

-AEB

Citrus & Avocado Kale Salad

I'm a little obsessed with kale salads these days. Cooked, raw, breakfast, lunch, dinner - I really haven't come across a time when I didn't want to add some kale. BUT, I will say that it if it is not cooked/sauteed, I need for the leaves to finely chopped so that it gets mixed in with all of the other flavors. I certainly don't eat raw kale plain. And I don't know many that do.

Anyway, I'm also obsessed with 90s music lately. Like a lot. I've been listing to Alice In Chains, Pearl Jam, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Mad Season and Everlast all week. Awesome. Here, you can listen to What It's Like (1998) while you read this post (adult content fyi).

OK, annnnyway, below is one of my kale concoctions from this week that ended up being super delicious and found its way into my lunch... three different times.

Citrus & Avocado Kale Salad

Small handful of kale, finely chopped
1/2 green apple, finely chopped
1 blood orange (you could also use 1/2 of a grapefruit or another type of orange)
1/2 avocado, chopped
1 small slice sharp goat's cheese, diced*
1 tsp scallion, diced
1 small carrot, shredded
Few macadamia nuts

Method:

Yes, just throw it all together. I make mine in the morning which is great because it allows all of the flavors to soak in to each other. 

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*Omit goat cheese or replace with Almond Cream Cheese for a vegan option

YUM!

Enjoy ;)

-AEB

Chevre-Macadamia and Fig Kale Salad

I'm not sure why I didn't put all of these ingredients together once before. It really is fantastic. Each bite has amazing flavor. I've had it four days this week for lunch and I am not tiring of it. Though I have made it a bit different each time, this one topped my list. And, I have no photo to show for it. 

Chevre-Macadamia and Fig Kale Salad

Handful of kale, finely chopped
1 apple, diced (alternatively you could do 1/2 an apple and 1/2 an avocado, I did this a few times)
1 mint leaf, finely chopped
1/2 small carrot, diced/shredded
Small handful of macadamia nuts
Sprinkle of Chevre Goat Cheese crumbles
1 fig, diced
1/2 tsp scallion, diced
1/2 tsp apple cider vinegar (alternatively you could use lemon juice or omit)

Method:

Toss everything together ;) To ensure you get the full flavor of this salad, I like to shake it up in a container or toss in a large bowl before I eat it. That way the apple cider vinegar gets a chance to do its thing and everything else gets mixed around.

Absolutely invigorating! Love this salad!

Enjoy ;)

-AEB

Cucumber Watermelon Summer Salad

Don't you just love summer produce? Me too.

Cucumber Watermelon Summer Salad

1 chopped watermelon

2 diced cucumbers

2 kale leafs, chopped (stem removed)

1 scallion, minced

5 mint leaves, minced

Juice from one small lemon 

Method:

Combine everything, top with the lemon, consume ;)

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Great appetizer! Love, love, love.

Enjoy ;)

-AEB

Kale Apple Slaw

Woohoo! My love for kale continues to prevail! :)

This salad was super tasty. You could add in protein with pumpkin or sunflower seeds or some lean meat but I left mine without this time.

Mmm. Fresh and delicious. I say that a lot, I know. But it was.

Kale Apple Slaw

2 cups shredded kale
1/4 cup green apple, thinly sliced
1/4 cup purple grapes, chopped
1/4 cup shredded carrot
1 tsp minced scallion

Dressing:

2 tbls extra virgin olive oil
1 tsp stone-ground Dijon mustard
1 tsp apple cider vinegar
1 tbls water
Splash of lemon juice
Sprinkle of poppy seeds

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Yum!

Enjoy ;)