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January 2016



Resolution Friendly Kale Recipes

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Hope you’re having the happiest of new years so far, friends. How are your resolutions? Are you staying on track with with them? Did you have a look at the post with tips to Kick-Start a Healthy New Year? It has some tips and yummy recipe ideas for keeping those resolutions going strong. Here are a few great kale recipes that could help too.


1. In this veggie packed Chopped Salad, kale, cabbage, and broccoli make a great trio, complimented by fresh orange juice, savory mustard, and sweet honey.

2. Massaging kale helps with its digestibility. It just takes a few minutes, some olive oil, and a bit of salt. And it tastes great. For simplicity, radish and apple are a great compliment.



3. For a heartier massaged kale salad, I love to add tuna, a few other veggies (carrots, red onion, and radish would be great), and some nuts for added protein and crunch. This makes for a stand-alone salad that is a fabulous lunch.

4. Kale can be substituted for mustard greens, spinach, collard greens, and chard. It’s great raw, but wilted salads can be a wonderful change (especially when the weather is cold).



5. Kale is a great addition to a Warm Beet Salad with Fruit and Nuts. If you’re out of beet greens, just use all kale. It can be massaged too, if you like.

6. I love kale that’s been turned into pesto. This pesto is a perfect topping for Spicy Twice Baked Sweet Potatoes.



7. One of my favorite easy winter meals is a Broccoli and Goat Cheese Wrap. Kale can be shredded and used as the greens. This is the way I like to lunch (or dinner… or breakfast… hello scrambled eggs alongside!).

8. One of my favorite things to eat for lunch is lentils with some veggies, topped with a fried egg. I’d totally add some wilted kale to these Dilly Eggs with Lentils.



9. For a super simple dinner, kale pesto would be delicious with pasta. Think made ahead and frozen pesto, homemade pasta (if you’ve got it), and you’re ready to go. I’d stir the pesto into the cooked pasta with some of the starchy pasta water, add a bit of salt if needed, and maybe some parmesan cheese. Homemade pasta can be made in advance and frozen, so this really could be a ten minute meal.

10. Kale is wonderful blended with garlic and nuts a-top toasted bread. Perhaps alongside that pasta? That’s what I’d do.



11. To get a great start to your day, kale adds a lot to a smoothie. Nutrients galore and it’s quick and easy. What could be better!?

You might even do a day full of kale. Start it with a smoothie, for lunch try that Massaged Kale and Tuna Salad, then for dinner, maybe that pasta with Kale Pesto will hit the spot. Change things up by adding other fruits and veggies into the mix too, and it looks like it could be a tasty and nutritious menu plan.

Happy Eating!



January 2016



Kick-Start a Healthy New Year

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It’s a new year. And with it comes resolutions and plans to make changes. Some of the most common resolutions are to eat healthier and to exercise more. These can be very realistic resolutions, but they’re not always easy. With our weekly Abundant Harvest Organics box that makes the healthy eating resolution much simpler. Tons of great fruits and veggies are at our disposal. But, you still need to know what to do with those fruits and veggies once you’ve got them home. That’s the challenging part. It’s also one of the things I love to do, so here are five ideas for great recipes to kick-start your new year in a healthy way.


Loaded Chicken and Rice Soup

Take the name literally. It’s loaded with veggies, rice, and chicken. It’s hearty and healthy in a bowl. If you don’t do meat, skip the chicken, no big deal. Add some more veggies, some tofu, or tempeh. Make a big batch and enjoy it as a great lunch all week long.


Heart Healthy Chard Wraps

These wraps are vegan, but you wouldn’t know it. They’ve got nuts, quinoa, and raisins that kinda mimic a meaty filling and pack in the protein.


Massaged Kale and Tuna Salad

When people are trying to eat healthier, salads often come in to play. But they have a pretty bad wrap. This salad doesn’t. It’s heartier and tastes great. Massaging the kale helps with digestibility. Tuna adds a meaty punch (crispy tofu would be fabulous too if you don’t do fish – maybe the leftovers from the Stir Fry that’s below). And, carrots (or whatever veggies you’ve got hanging around) add great crunch.


Vegetarian Soft Tacos

Tacos are a great way to pack in the nutrients and eat well no matter what the season. During the hot summer months we enjoy Eggplant and Summer Squash Tacos. Other times in the year it might be beans and cabbage. You can throw in whatever you think will taste great, top it with some Greek yogurt and salsa, and you’ve got dinner (and maybe a lunch for tomorrow) in a flash.


Red Choi Stir Fry with Tofu and Almonds

Stir Fry is a great way to load up on veggies. Plus, it’s quick and easy, so it makes for a great weeknight dinner. As a bonus, it usually tastes even better for lunch the next day.

The recipes and a weekly box of AHO produce are a great place to start (along with a good menu plan). But, it can still be a challenge to keep up with all that you’ve resolved to do. Here are some suggestions/tips/things that have worked for me.

How To Make It Happen

Start Now! Start today. This moment. You want to make a change? Do it. Don’t wait for tomorrow. Even if it’s just a small step in the right direction, take it. Then write it down – keep a food journal or an exercise log. Keep track and check up on yourself. Take an honest look at where you started and then track your progress. I find it much more motivating to see some improvement along the way. Inches lost, pounds shed, veggies consumed – it’s a great way to keep up the good work. As you become a healthier version of you, jot down how you feel. At the end of each week, note things that have changed (more energy, pants looser, sleeping better).

Find an accountability partner. Share your goals and plans, then keep up with how your doing. If it helps, workout together, cook together, share meals, and recipe ideas.

Exercise! For me, exercise and eating well go hand in hand. It needs to be a priority. Not only do I feel much better physically when I’m active, but mentally. I may look exactly the same, but I feel so much more confident and fit after I’ve exercised. It’s an ongoing battle for me. It’s easy to turn a day off into a week off into months off. But, I know better. I’ve known better for a long time. I used to teach aerobics classes and was a certified personal trainer (a long long time ago). No more excuses or “I’ll do it tomorrow”. Today today today, get moving!

#FreeToFail! Be free to fail, to skip a day, to indulge. Just don’t let it become a way of life. So you skipped a workout, you ate a huge piece of cake. Not the end of the world. Tomorrow is a new day. Get back to it.

Your healthy lifestyle will look different from your best friend’s. So do what works for you. Push yourself, challenge yourself, but don’t get caught in the trap of comparison. We are all uniquely made and that’s a good thing. Own it, enjoy it, and treat yourself with love and respect.

Happy New Year!