Two Delicious Recipes

by ashleyd on January 6, 2014

Happy Monday! It feels so wonderful to be back in Geneva! Check out the gorgeous sunrise that I was privy to this morning when my flight was approaching the city. 2014-01-06 08.11.40-1A few days ago I didn’t think I’d utter words of excitement upon stepping back onto European soil as I had such a wonderful time with our friends and family in both Savannah and New York. But it became clear this morning that right now, this is where we are meant to be in our life and I have a renewed sense of excitement. This year is going to certainly have it’s share of challenges professionally but personally I know it’s going to be filled with fun weekends away and traveling.

As my friend Ranald said, skiing is the perfect Winter weekend activity as you always have something to look forward to, even on Monday! 2013-12-01 14.23.27This weekend our same group is heading back up to Verbier for a weekend of skiing and fun. It will be even more fun as some of my co-workers from New York our joining us for the weekend before our semi-annual strategy meetings begin in Geneva on Monday.

I have found that in order to keep a positive outlook and manage stress I need to focus on what I put in my body. For this reason I’ve been spending a lot of time on Pinterest and talking with friends about their favorite healthy recipes. Over the past month I discovered two kale recipes which are totally different yet both are packed with flavor and can serve as either a side dish or a main dish if some protein is added. One of them was a Pinterest discovery and the other was served at a dinner party I attended. Enjoy!

Recipe #1: Warm Balsalmic Kale Salad: This recipe says it serves 2 but if served as a side it definitely makes 4 servings. The flavors are incredible thanks to the balsamic paired with the richness of the mushrooms sautéed in a little butter. The only change I made to this recipe was using 1/2 the butter. Bo loved this dish so much that he asked me to Pin it to my Pinterest board and then insisted that it becomes a regular standby.

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Recipe #2: Kale and Avocado Salad My friend Lauren served this at our December girls night dinner and none of us could stop commenting on how delicious it was. Asian inspired, this is the perfect compliment to teriyaki chicken or even a lighter Asian inspired dish such as a soup as the use of avocado, hemp seeds and olive oil give it satiating staying power. As you can see by the Instagram post, Lauren served it alongside homemade Viatnamese Beef Noodle soup which was a perfect meal for a cold December night. (picture source)

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I hope you enjoy these two recipes as much as I have. These are two easy and flavorful ways to squeeze in some extra nutrients to your next lunch or dinner!

Have you hopped on the kale train? If so what is your favorite recipe or way to enjoy it?

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Katie D. January 6, 2014 at 9:10 pm

http://www.eatliverun.com/kale-salad-with-oranges-almonds-and-avocado-the-detox-salad/

I’m a huge fan of this kale salad! I like to make a batch and keep it at work, for quick lunches (pairs well with chicken or beans on top).

ashleyd January 7, 2014 at 9:07 am

This sounds delicious and perfect for a fresh, new year! I will add it to next week’s grocery list!

Cathryn January 6, 2014 at 9:14 pm

Thanks for the recipes…I love kale and am always after ways to use it. This is my fave kale recipe, kale waldorf salad. I take it to every potluck and always get asked for the recipe.
http://www.wholefoodsmarket.com/recipe/kale-waldorf-salad

ashleyd January 7, 2014 at 9:07 am

Thanks Cathryn! I’ll have to try this recipe as it looks delicious!

Jordan Lynn // Life Between Lattes January 6, 2014 at 9:53 pm

I love to bake kale with olive oil and garlic power at 350 for about 5 – 10 minutes, and I serve it with roasted garbonzo beans on top! Easy and simple, but delicious!

ashleyd January 7, 2014 at 9:06 am

Jordan are these kale chips??

Danielle @ LabelsAreForTinCans January 7, 2014 at 1:00 am

Thanks for sharing! I’m going to try both of them!

ashleyd January 7, 2014 at 7:01 am

Hope you love them!

elizabeth e January 7, 2014 at 2:12 pm

i’ve definitely hopped on the kale train. one of my favorite ways to eat it is sauteed with sesame oil and shallots and topped with a soft-boiled egg — i try to sneak veggies into breakfast however i can. also, this – http://joanne-eatswellwithothers.com/2011/12/recipe-garlic-roasted-butternut-squash-and-kale-wheatberry-salad-with-pomegranate.html – is one of my favorite salads. ever.

ashleyd January 7, 2014 at 5:35 pm

That sounds delicious!! I’ll have to pin it!

Michelle January 13, 2014 at 3:49 pm

Thanks for the recipes! I just made the warm balsamic kale salad last night and also added a little lemon to it. My husband and I both thought it was delicious!

ashleyd January 14, 2014 at 6:14 am

I am so glad you liked it!!

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