I hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving. Scott and I had a SPECTACULAR thanksgiving week in NYC. I had intended to post recipes last week, but the wifi in our building in NYC wasn't working, and alas, I had to keep playing instead of working. It was a hardship. LOL! Here's a recap..
We enjoyed a SENSATIONAL gluten free, vegan, thanksgiving lunch at Candle 79. The food was absolutely exquisite, (as usual) and an added bonus was seeing my beautiful friends JL and Gena from JL Goes Vegan and Choosing Raw enjoying the sumptious plant based feast! We then took a lovely stroll through the streets of Manhatten looking at the pretty Christmas lights, before meeting up with our dear friends from Australia, Kat and Wayne, for a Japanese banquet in Koreatown. We then rolled home very grateful. LOL!
For those of you heading to NYC anytime soon, we also saw some WONDERFUL shows on Broadway. After performing in the Australian production of Tracy Letts' Pulitzer and Tony Award-Winning play, August: Osage County, it was a thrill to see Tracy play the lead role in the Steppenwolf production of Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf and meet him after the production.
We also enjoyed meeting Paul Rudd and Ed Asner backstage after their wonderful production of Grace. Scott and Ed have worked together, and it was a joy spending time with him and his lovely wife. Next, we took in the HILARIOUS final performance of The Performers with Henry Winkler and Alicia Silverstone. I haven't laughed that hard since we saw The Book Of Mormon a couple of years ago! We then finished the week in style, catching the final GLORIOUS performance of Cyrano De Bergerac starring the SUBLIME Douglas Hodge. It is Scott's favourite play, and he was in HEAVEN!
But, onto the food for this week. I wanted to talk about some quick, healthy snacks that will help keep you balanced as we head into party season!
- A quick easy green salad using spinach, kale, cabbage, lettuces, or any other leafy greens you can lay your hands on is a lifesaver. I like to mix it up every day and use a variety of greens. To this, I add anything like tomatoes, cucumber, red and yellow peppers, shredded carrot and zucchini, avocado, lemon juice and cold pressed olive oil, garlic and ginger, and any raw nuts and seeds I can my hands on. You can really add in any raw veggies you like! These simple raw salads are loaded with live enzymes and alkaline buffers that will help counter-balance much of the acidic sweet rich foods we tend to eat during the holidays. The vibrant red and green colours fit in with the Christmas theme too. You can use these salads as fillings for quick wraps too. Try my Red Cabbage Salad, Green Superslaw, Raw Broccoli Salad, Carrot, Broccoli and Bean Shoot Salad, Quinoa Tabouli, and Seaweed Salad.
- Veggie Sticks or Sprouted Way Better Tortilla Chips with vegan pesto, guacamole, salsa, almond butter, or other alkaline dips and spreads. Chopped up carrots, celery, cucumber look gorgeous served in tall glasses with bowls of different coloured dips. I like to serve a mixture of raw veggies and sprouted tortilla chips for choice and variety. As opposed to other tortilla chips, Way Better Snacks are sprouted, organic, kosher, gluten free, and vegan. They are the only corn chips I recommend, and are the BEST tortilla chips I have ever tasted. For a laugh, check out their new promotional video; and for more ideas on how to serve these chips, check out the Way Better Snacks Holiday Pinterest Board. I used them in my Gluten Free Vegan Cauliflower Sage Stuffing, and the results were SPECTACULAR!
- Raw Vegan Fruit and Nut Balls are super easy to throw together using your food processor, and offer a wonderful healthier whole foods alternative to highly processed, sugar-laden cookies and candies. They also look festive, and are loaded with nutrients. The sky's the limit with varieties. Try these Raw Chocolate Balls, Raw Mango Balls, Prune Powerballs, Superfood Maca Macaroons, and Chocolate, Cranberry, Walnut Truffles for inspiration. There are plenty of other delicious ideas here on the site too. These make wonderful holiday gifts too :)
- Candied Nuts and Seeds make quick easy healthy snacks or gifts too. My favourites are raw almonds, pecans, walnuts, and macadamias. You can either lightly roast them like with these Candied Maple Pecans, or use your Excalibur dehydrator to make tasty raw treats like these Maple Cinnamon Almonds.
- Festive Smoothies! I can't complete ANY list of suggestions without including some fun smoothies! There are a lot of healthy green smoothies on the site. But, if you are feeling festive, and want a sweet treat, try my Apple Pie Smoothie, Pecan Pie Smoothie, Sweet Potato Pie Smoothie, Lemon Cheesecake Smoothie, Spiced Strawberry Ice Cream Smoothie, or Banana Coconut Cream Pie Smoothie. DEELISH!
So, here's my "GO TO" Zesty Alkaline Kale Salad. I try to eat at least a few bunches of kale a week, cooked and raw in smoothies, soups, salads and wraps. I like to purchase a mixture of kale varieties, as they all offer something a little different. This quick, easy, mild zesty alkaline kale salad is a staple in my diet, and I will be making it again and again this silly season to help keep my system in balance during all of the festivities. I always keep some kind of leafy green salad in the fridge. As I mentioned, you can make a quick lettuce wrap or gluten free wrap in seconds using the salad as a filling with some almond butter, guacamole, hummus, pesto, or other vegan dips and spreads. YUMMO!
You can really play around with this salad and make it your own. The quantities I have listed is what I typically like. But you might want to add in some more apple cider vinegar, lemon juice, lemon zest, chili flakes. Or add in different seeds etc. For those of you on the Body Ecology Diet, feel free to use red bell peppers, or omit them altogether. I just really like the gorgeous red and green colour for Christmas! As well, as the flavour. This salad is amazing topped with chopped avocado. They key to this salad is massaging the dressing into the kale, which removes the bitterness of the greens.
Masssage, top and add, and this raw vegan kale salad is dressed to impress!