Kale & Quinoa Salad with Turmeric Dressing

This salad is great as you can make a whole batch on a Sunday night and it will last for up to four days, which makes it a great time and money saver for lunches during the week. Plus it includes quinoa, kale and turmeric which all have amazing health benefits.

Makes 4 Servings

Ingredients

1 cup cooked red quinoa
1 bunch curly kale, chopped into small pieces
Half a sweet potato, grated
1 zucchini, grated
1 carrot, grated
1 small fennel, diced into small pieces
½ cup sunflower seeds or pine nuts
2 shallots, thinly chopped
2 lemongrass stalks, thinly chopped

Dressing

2 tbsp freshly minced turmeric
1 tbsp minced garlic
2 tbsp apple cider vinegar
4 tbsp olive oil
1 tbsp Dijon mustard
1 tsp lemon rind
4 drops Stevia
Pinch of salt

Method

Cook quinoa according to packet directions.  Once it is cooked and has cooled down, mix it together with the kale in a large bowl.  Combine in all other ingredients until they are stirred through evenly.

Place all salad dressing ingredients in a jar and shake well until all ingredients are combined. If the dressing seems too thick add some more apple cider vinegar to achieve a thinner consistency.  Pour the dressing over the salad and stir through until the kale has softened slightly.  Serve and enjoy!

Breakfast Chia Pudding + why you should eat Chia Seeds

I am absolutely obsessed with chia seeds (not in the least because they rhyme with my name), they’re such a versatile super food – just one of many I hope to share with you.

Here’s why these rhyming beauties are good for you:

  • Chia contains 20% Omega 3 ALA, which means not only is it great for the brain and heart it also promotes healthy skin, hair and nails.
  • They help promote regularity.
  • Studies have shown they have a protective benefit against cancer.
  • They are high in dietary fibre, antioxidants, iron, calcium and potassium.
  • They contain vitamin A, B, C & E.
  • They form a gel in the stomach which slows the conversion of carbohydrates to sugar, helping maintain blood sugar levels.
  • Chia produces gelatinous fibres.  When these fibres enter the digestive tract they bind the toxins produced by the liver.  The gelatinous fibres take the toxins through the digestive tract and out of the body.  Volia! You have an amazing aid to help your body detoxify.

Breakfast Chia Pudding

Ingredients

3 tbsp Chia Seeds
3/4 cup coconut water – I use Chi coconut water as it has the least sugar compared to other brands
3 tbsp of organic coconut chips
2 tbsp of LSA meal or almond meal
1 banana chopped
Handful raspberries
Handful chopped activated nuts (I use cashews)
1 tsp of cinnamon
1 tbsp of Goji Berries
3 tbsp of coconut milk

Method

First soak the chia seeds in the coconut water and wait until it forms a gel, you may need to stir it occasionally.
Once the gel is formed add all other ingredients except the coconut milk, then combine.
Drizzle the coconut milk on top and enjoy!