February and March have flown by, haven’t they?
I simply cannot believe it’s the last week of March. I’ve been so busy with school that I neglected Grow Eat Glow this month. How I miss the photographing and the story writing and recipe sharing! The good news is that I’m learning so much and can’t wait to share all the fantastic information with you! My mid-term is in April, and then I move on to Therapeutics. Still a ways to go, but it’s so exciting to progress to the next phase!
I came across this lovely Purple Cabbage Kale recipe today because 1) I was hungry and, 2) I had a bunch of kale and purple cabbage in my fridge. The kale came from a friend’s garden, and let me just say: backyard garden kale is WAY better than store kale! No bitterness, no tough leaves, just soft, curly goodness. Kale is a winter crop here in AZ, so I’ll have to wait until the fall to plant it. Something to look forward to! Anywhosky, I googled my two main veggies and discovered this delightful bowl of perfection at greenlitebites.com. I love it when I find a recipe and I have all the necessary items on hand, don’t you?
I gathered my ingredients and got to work chopping. The recipe is simple, yet so flavorful and good for you.
And when I say good for you, I mean if this salad were a super hero, it would look like Superman (the Christoper Reeves version, of course), and possess the powers of Iron Man, Yoda, and Gandolph the White combined. Allow me to state my case with a few key ingredients:
Kale – one of the most nutritious foods on the planet (and Middle Earth), kale is high in vitamins A, K, C and B, as well as calcium and fiber. It’s anti-inflammatory and anti-cancer. Kale, will you marry me?
Purple Cabbage – a badass vegetable as well, cabbage is high in vitamins K, C, B, and fiber. Cabbage offers support for your digestive tract and cardiovascular system, is anti-inflammatory, and the antioxidants found in this food are anti-cancerous.
Carrots – don’t knock the common carrot. It has tons of vitamin A which is great for eyesight, as well as biotin, which is good for skin and blood sugar balance. It’s also a great source of fiber, is anti-inflammatory, and has anti-cancer benefits as well.
Sunflower Seeds – these unassuming seeds are high in vitamins E and B, as well as magnesium, copper, and selenium. Buy sunflower seeds raw and unsalted to get the most nutrition. I get mine in the bulk bin at Sprouts. (www.whfoods.com)
Apple Cider Vinegar – there are sooo many things to love about ACV. It’s tart and tangy (perfect to perk up salad dressing), but it also detoxifies the body, regulates pH, lowers blood pressure and cholesterol, and clears skin. Also anti-inflammatory.
You may have noticed that “anti-inflammatory” came up a lot. This is key, and I’ll tell you why.
Almost all chronic disease is caused by inflammation. Autoimmune disease, stroke, arthritis, heart disease, cancer, allergies – all caused by chronic inflammation. Anti-inflammatory foods provide the body with the nutrition it needs to purify the blood and keep the body in balance.
Now that I’ve sold you on the benefits of this beauty, let’s make it!
- 1 tsp olive oil
- 1 tbsp horseradish mustard or whole grain mustard (I used HR mustard. I highly recommend it)
- 1 tsp apple cider vinegar
- 1/2 tbsp honey
- 1 cup shredded kale
- 1 cup shredded purple cabbage
- 1 carrot, julienned
- 2 tbsp raw sunflower seeds
- Mix dressing ingredients.
- Chop the salad ingredients and mix into a bowl. Add dressing and mix until coated.
If the kale seems tough, make the salad with the dressing and allow it to sit in the fridge for an hour or so before serving. Alternatively, you can also massage the kale with a little olive oil to soften it.
I just have to add that not only is this a nutritious lunch or side salad, it is also colorful and so yummy. In fact, I’ll be making this for lunch tomorrow as well!
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The World’s Healthiest Foods. Kale, cabbage, carrots, sunflower seeds. Retrieved from http://www.whfoods.com.
Marquis, D. (2013, Mar). How Inflammation Affects Every Aspect of Your Health. Available from http://articles.mercola.com.