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Creamy Raw Kale Salad

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Biodynamic autumn veggies 

When I promised myself the other day to get out of my comfort zone and drive my way to a biodynamic farm to get the ingredients for my kale salad, I must admit, I was a bit resistant and my mind came up with all kinds of excuses to keep me in that zone of zones. Why not go to a whole foods market just around the corner of my house. Hmm it might start raining in a minute and also I have lots of things on my to do list, is it wise to spend all this time for a few groceries? Regardless of this murmuring, I just kept my promise and headed over to this wonderful farm about 24km from my house. When I got there, saw the farmersshop, touched the produce, stroke the animals and spoke to the farmer, my only regret was that I didn’t take the bike instead of the car. Quality always pays off and just like that I gathered beautiful autumn veggies for lunch and once back home, I made myself a nourishing kale salad with heirloom tomatoes, yucon, red onion, yellow beet, kalamata olives and a beautiful creamy tahini dressing and spent the afternoon with my husband watching movies, snuggling and ignoring the rest of my to do list.

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Ingredients:

Salad:
Green and purple kale
Tomatoes (preferably mixed varieties)
Yellow beet
Red onion
Yucon
Kalamata olives
Juice of half a lemon
Sea salt
Sesame seeds

Dressing:
2 tbsp Tahini
2 tbsp Lemon juice
2 tbsp water
Black pepper
Cumin
Sumac

Method:

  • Chop kale and massage with lemon juice and seasalt (and if desired some olive oil) for a couple of minutes until the leaves become tender.
  • Add tomato, beet, onion and olives.
  • Mix the dressing ingredients and add to the salad.
  • Serve with sesame seeds sprinkled on top.

 

With love from the Happy Earth Kitchen

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Peanut dipping sauce

Dressings & Sauces, Recipes

This beautiful rich Asian style Satay sauce can be served as a dipping for spring rolls, as a dressing served over Asian salads or even as a dipping for oven baked fries. Although peanuts are high in fat content (in their defence, it is mono saturated fat), peanuts and peanut butter can be a healthy choice when eaten in moderation. Peanuts (actually a legume and not a nut) are an excellent source of plant protein with fine quality amino acids, which makes peanut butter a popular post-workout snack among athletes. Furthermore peanuts are rich in vitamin E, niacin, folate and manganese.

The surprise ingredient in the dipping is lime juice, which is inspired by Jamie Oliver. The freshness and acidity of the lime is really a welcome addition to the traditional recipe.

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Serves 4 persons

Recipe:
– 4-5 tablespoons natural peanut butter avoid the kind with palm oil
– Juice of 1 lime
– 1 clove garlic
– 1 tablespoon (sweet) soy sauce
– 1 tablespoon tamarind paste
– 1 tablespoon raw agave syrup (or maple syrup)
– Hot sauce / sambal or fresh chili peppers to taste
– 4 tablespoons of water and/or cocunutmilk

Method:
Put all the ingredients in the blender and blitz until smooth, or whisk with your hand if you don’t want the blender to get dirty. Have a taste. Adjust the seasoning and add some more water or coconutmilk if needed until the dipping reaches desired consistency.

 

With love from the Happy Earth Kitchen