All posts filed under: Appetizers

Kale & Quinoa Walnut Salad with Orange Vinaigrette

Hail to Kale!  This tasty salad not only packs a ton of flavor but it’s also chock full of nutrition.  Loaded with Vitamins A, B and C.  Oh, did I mention Iron and Protein?  So move over spinach, Popeye has a new love and her name is Kale! Kale & Quinoa Salad with Orange Vinaigrette makes 2 large servings  1 bunch of curly kale chopped with stems removed 1 cup cooked quinoa, cooled 1 large carrot, shaved 1 cup canned garbanzo beans 1/2 cup chopped walnuts For the dressing: 1/4 cup grapeseed or walnut oil 1/8 cup rice wine vinegar juice from 1 small orange 1 tsp agave nectar 1 clove garlic, crushed 1 tsp dijon mustard salt and fresh ground pepper, to taste Mix all the dressing ingredients in a large bowl and set aside.  Remove the inner rib of the kale leaves.  Chop kale into bite size pieces.  Add kale to the bowl of dressing and mix well.  Set aside for at least 15 minutes. Add the shaved carrots, garbanzo beans and walnuts …

Go Green – Eat Guacamole

Recipe: Go Green – Eat Guacamole! Summary: One of my favorite fruits, the avocado. You got to love it for its’ simplicity and versatility. I make this recipe almost every week and use it as a dip, spread, on chili and salads. The possibilities are endless… Ingredients: 2 ripe avocados 1 small Roma tomato (diced) 2 tbsp chopped red onion 1 tbsp chopped cilantro 1 tsp chopped garlic Juice of 1/2 a lime Sea salt and fresh ground pepper, to taste. Instructions: Slice each avocado in half and scoop the center out using a metal spoon. In a medium bowl, mash the avocado until desired consistency. A food processor can be used if you would like a creamy, lump free dip. Stir in the lime juice until well blended and add sea salt and fresh ground pepper, to taste. Add the diced tomato, red onion, garlic & cilantro. Mix well and add additional salt and pepper, if needed. Quick Notes: Serve with your favorite tortilla chips or fresh vegetables. Try adding a spoonful to some …