Have a Break! Have a Salad (Warm Quinoa with Kale and Brussel Sprouts)
Have you been indulging in all the holiday pleasures that have surrounded us the last couple of weeks? I am talking about all the feasting, drinking and merry-making and other food pleasures that have taken over. Say YES if the decadent, comforting and delicious food is present at :
- Home (Includes your home, my home, friends and families homes) – Where the pumpkin pies and apple crumbles with cubes of butter and muscovado sugar is a strict YES along with the juicy roast turkey , and melted butter oozing in the mashed potatoes
- The Mall with countless gift food baskets and stalls tempting you to at least put your hand out for those mini, dutch chocolate mint truffle boxes
- The Coffee shop – Yes I am talking about the spiced and creamy caramel or toffee nut or mocha cranberry flavored lattes, hot chocolates, pumpkin spice drinks and more that have taken over starting November and continuing into December
- The favorite boulangerie selling succulent mince pies, fruit cakes, log cakes and sweet puddings
- The office making you wonder why in the world are we all working here ,when we all should be running our own cupcake shops or muffin shops or cookie shops or sandwich shops ? (Yes the I am talking about the countless year end parties and team dinners happening all around)
- The Internet – I don’t need to even start with our amazing food blogs that are buzzing with fabulous recipes, food pictures and ideas . If only drooling over these sites could fill up my forever empty stomach . Sigh!😦
If you say NO to any of the above, I am pretty sure you are lying. It is okay to indulge and feast in all of it. I am completely, totally 100% immersing myself in all of it. However, suddenly you get a kick from within urging you to stop, think and eat. The urge telling you this muffin means running 20 min more the next day. This slice of cake speaking up ” You need to load up on more veggies in your plate after I am inside you .” This spiced coffee latte requiring you to eat more fruit and berries. So in those instances perhaps you need to take a break from all the comforting food you see in each place you roll your eyes around.
So do you go slow on all these indulgences ? Only when partying with your entire clan, then may you pig out and drink up perhaps ? You do realise it is all about balance and not going overboard with anything. Hence this salad that I made is one of those goto salads – quick&easy, simple, nutritious, wholesome and still having the flavor adequate enough to tickle the taste buds . The salad that you can enjoy when you want to give your stomach a break. For those days ,after you have had an overdose of the holiday madness and just need to sit back, unwind and not think of what you are feeding yourself . If you do want to give yourself a pat on the back for feeding your body right, it has atleast 2 ingredients from the Brassica family of veggies.
There are no set quantities here since you can decrease or increase one ingredient over the other. Whatever suits you better
A bunch of kale or baby kale leaves*
Juice of half lemon
1 onion chopped
5-6 garlic cloves smashed
Freshly ground black pepper
Salt to taste
In a non-stick pan, saute the chopped onions and garlic with olive oil until the onions turn translucent. Half the brussels sprouts and add them to this mix (I also sometimes semi-grill them on the non-stick pan without any oil. I like their surface to brown a bit.) Saute for a few minutes. Then add in the chopped kale or baby Kale. Cover the lid of the non-stick pan and let the Kale leaves steam for a few minutes. Separately cook the Quinoa in boiling water( I like this method of cooking Quinoa with good tips at Food 52). Once cooked toss the veggie mix with the Quinoa. Squeeze lemon juice , mix and serve!
A few recipes that you may enjoy: