This bowl of plant goodness contains a few of my favorite things. I was downright CRAVING heaps of kale this afternoon and I just happened to have everything on hand to make a dish out of some of my favorite nutrient dense goodies.
This took minutes to put together and was so satisfying because it hit the spot of everything I was seeking; toothsome kale (DARK leafy greens are A++++ for magnesium which which could all use a boost of in our diets) savory sauteed mushrooms (Vitamin D) & onions, cheesy nutritional yeast (Vitamin B12) inexplicably delightful toasted sesame seeds (a wonderful source of calcium) and ripped up pieces of toasted nori (I get the seaweed thing is a bit weird to think of as appetizing-but don’t knock it til you try it!) Sea vegetables are a super concentrated source of micronutrients compared to land-grown vegetables. I also sprinkled on top more sea veg in the form of dulse granules (which imparts salt, iodine, and a boost in the assimilation of the nutrients of your salad) as well as himalayan sea salt, and antioxidant rich/anti-inflammatory ground turmeric.
Looking on this meal it seems as though my body was asking for calcium, vitamin D and magnesium! As you can probably tell, I’m also a bit of a texture fiend when it comes to concocting a salad. When making a meal I consider the satiety I’ll achieve through the nutritional as well physical density of the components.
Also, if you haven’t tried kale raw in the form of a massaged salad, please do! It will change how you eat your greens.
3 heaping handfuls raw kale, ripped up or cut into bite sized pieces
2 sheets of toasted nori
1 tbs sesame oil
1/4 tsp himalayan sea salt
8 oz sliced crimini mushrooms
1 tiny onion
2 tsp coconut oil
1 tbs toasted sesame seeds
2 tbs nutritional yeast
turmeric and dulse to taste (optional)
1. After kale has been washed & prepared, place into your bowl with sesame oil and salt and massage with your hands until it has broken down in size and darker in color. This helps break down the plant fibers so it’s more palatable to eat and easier to digest. Mix in pieces of the nori sheet.
2. In a saute pan, heat 2 tsp coconut oil and stir fry onions and mushrooms until just soft. Top kale with this mixture. Sprinkle over nutritional yeast, sesame seeds, turmeric and dulse.