Green’s Sweet and Spicy Kale Salad

I discovered Green Vegetarian Cuisine in San Antonio just a few weeks ago and I wish I knew about it earlier.  It is the only vegetarian and kosher restaurant in the area.  A lot of their food options are clean, high in fiber, high in protein and with loads of veggies.  I love it.  Not only is their food healthy, but they are eco-friendly with their energy efficient building, recycling bins and biodegradable packaging.  I highly recommend making a stop here!  Here are my favorites:
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Valentine’s Dinner for Two: Part 1

Need an idea for a delicious, light meal for Valentine's Day?  Going out can be such a pain on this day because of the reservations, the wait, the traffic, increased prices, and dealing with all the other people who are also trying to have a nice date.  I would much rather be in my comfortable apartment, enjoying our non-marked up wine, and cooking with my significant other.

My friend Ani and I thought it would be fun to to make a sample Valentine's Day dinner for two.  For those of you who want to stay in but haven't decided what to make, here you go!  Our rotic dinner consisted of a Crimson Beet Salad, Stuffed Mushrooms and Chocolate Angel Food cake.

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Raw Kale Salad

Ever since my good friend Steph introduced me to raw kale salads (she makes killer ones), I have been trying to duplicate one of my own.  I love this salad!  Check it out...

  1. It is super healthy (but delicious) – Kale contains anti-inflammatory nutrients, antioxidant nutrients and also nutrients that help fight cancer.  To see more of the benefits of kale, go to my Superfood Spotlight: Kale
  2. Affordable–  One bunch of kale will yield about 3-4 servings, and it is only $2-4, depending on if you buy organic.  That totally beats buying a salad at the store or a restaurant for $10+.  The other ingredients are staples that I have in my kitchen, so it's a great bargain for me.
  3. Easy to make–  Look how few ingredients and steps.  All you have to do is chop, massage, and toss.  You can make this in 5 minutes!

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Kale and Roasted Pepper Wheat Berry Salad

I have wanted to make wheat berries for such a long time.  A few weeks ago, I discovered Central Market, which has filled the void in my heart of Trader Joe's.  There is an awesome area of grains, oatmeals, nuts, spices, trail mixes, candies, all in bins and you measure out how much you want and pay by the weight.  That way, you can buy only as much as you want.  It makes it easy to try things too!  Then you can just buy a little and test it out instead of buying a whole box, only to find out you don't like it.

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Superfood Spotlight: Kale

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Kale has become quite the popular vegetable these days and I have been experimenting with it for some time.  I haven't written about it because, to be honest, every time I made it, I couldn't get myself to like it.  Until now.  I found this vegetable to be very tough to eat and bitter for my taste.  However, I recently made kale chips and fell in love with them.

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