Sweet Massaged Kale Salad with Vegan Parmesan

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This is 100% my favorite salad of all time (currently). I’ve literally been eating it night and day for the past two weeks and I still can’t get enough of it!

Anddddd, besides being leafy green and delicious, it takes two seconds to make (you can even pre-make the dressing and keep it in a bottle for easy access then all you have to do is make the vegan parm and you’re set). It’s the perfect way to have a delicious healthy side salad/meal in minutes. AND IT’S SO GOOD. I made the Oh She Glows Butternut Squash with this nutty parmesan substitute and ever since I’ve just been putting it in everything.

I hope you enjoy, my peeps!

Sweet Massaged Kale Salad with Vegan Parmesan

  • Servings: 4
  • Difficulty: easy
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Ingredients

  • 1 bunch kale, chopped coarsely and massaged
  • ¼ c golden raisins
  • 2 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 Tbsp lemon juice
  • 1 tsp raw honey
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • ¼ tsp black pepper
  • Oh She Glows Almond-Pecan Parmesan

  • ¼ c almonds
  • ¼ c pecans
  • 1 Tbsp nutritional Yeast
  • ½ tsp extra virgin olive oil
  • pinch sea salt

Directions

  1. In a large salad bowl, add your kale and give it a few squeezes to “massage” it. This breaks it down a bit and makes it less bitter. Add the golden raisins.
  2. Meanwhile, combine 2 Tbsp olive oil, lemon juice, honey, garlic, and pepper and whisk to combine.
  3. Place all ingredients for the Oh She Glows Almond-Pecan Parmesan in a food processor and pulse until the nuts are in tiny chunks.
  4. Add the “parmesan” and dressing and toss to combine. Enjoy!

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Bailey’s Buddha Bowl with Creamy Tahini Dressing

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Do you ever just have those days where you’re feeling especially zen? Like so peaceful and relaxed that absolutely nothing could cause you anxiety? Well, yesterday I did some (well-needed) yoga for the first time all week and believe it or not, high-strung anxious ole’ Bailey had one of those days.

Ahhhhh, it was fantastic. Just thinking back to yesterday puts me in a calmer mood right now. So now, what does one eat on these blissfully peaceful days gifted from the heavens?

A Buddha bowl, duh.

But what exactly IS a Buddha bowl? I was confused at first too. I kept seeing them popping up everywhere and I thought to myself “What the heck people, all these bowls have different ingredients in them! What makes it a Buddha bowl?!”

So after a little (seriously like a second) of Googling, the Huffington Post cleared up my confusion by defining Buddha bowls as the following:

“Essentially, Buddha Bowls (also known as macro bowls or hippiebowls) are colourful, filling dishes built in a large bowl and composed of grains, veggies (raw, sautéed and/or roasted), protein (legumes, tofu or meat), greens and seeds — and to finish it all off, a hearty dressing.”

Wow. Talk about heaven in a bowl. And no limits to define these beautiful bowls? You gotta be kiddin’ me. But it’s true! Just one giant bowl, all the nutrients and tasty munchies you could ever imagine, and it’s topped off with a hearty dressing. I’m in love.

So here, I present to you, my nutrient-packed, colorful, drool-inducing, holy-crap-I-need-seconds, first take at a Buddha Bowl. Enjoy, my peeps!

Bailey’s Buddha Bowl with Creamy Tahini Dressing

  • Servings: 2
  • Difficulty: easy
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Ingredients

  • 1 chicken breast
  • 1 cup chopped cauliflower
  • 1 cup brussels sprouts, halved
  • 2 large chopped carrots
  • 1 small sweet potato, cut into chunks
  • 1 + ½ tablespoons avocado oil
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 cup chopped cremini mushrooms
  • 2 cups chopped kale
  • 1 cup brown rice
  • 1 avocado, diced
  • 1 Tbsp pepitas
  • ¼ cup tahini
  • 2 Tbsp lemon juice
  • 1 clove garlic
  • 2 Tbsp water
  • salt and pepper
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Directions

  1. Pre-heat the oven to 400 degrees F.
  2. Cook your brown rice according to package directions (I cook mine in my rice cooker for 30 minutes).
  3. Add your cauliflower, brussels sprouts, carrots, and sweet potato to a large bowl and toss with 1 Tbsp avocado oil, garlic powder, and salt and pepper to taste.
  4. Transfer the veggies to a baking sheet and bake for about 25-30 minutes, or until tender.
  5. Also at this point you can put your chicken breast in the oven and cook until the internal temperature reaches 165 degrees F (about 20 minutes).
  6. Meanwhile, heat your remaining ½ Tbsp avocado oil in a pan over medium-low heat. Once hot, add the mushrooms and sauté until soft, while stirring occasionally.
  7. Make the dressing by combining the tahini, lemon juice, garlic, water, and salt and pepper to taste in a blender and blend until creamy and smooth.
  8. Once everything has finished cooking, begin making your bowls by layering the rice, kale, veggies, chicken, avocado, and pepitas and then topping with the tahini dressing. Enjoy!
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Grain-Free Fiesta Taco Salad Bowl

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ARRIBA!!! ARRIBA!!!!

Seriously guys, hurry up! If you’re a Mexican food lover like me (I’m literally addicted to it since I grew up so close to the Mexican border) you HAVE to make this recipe RIGHT NOW it’s so freakin’ good. And healthy. And easy. And nice to look at. And even nicer to feel in your belly.

Anyways, I find it so easy to healthify my favorite Mexican food recipes because most of them are plant-based to start out with but then what makes them unhealthy are added oils, sugars, and super processed tortillas. SO all I then have to do is cut out that gut-wrecking garbage and bam! I’ve got myself a delicious guilt-free Mexican meal. And most importantly, happy taste buds.

Okay so I love this bowl because it’s packed with veggies (aka tons of vitamins, fiber, and  and flavor BUT it also has a sneaky high amount of plant-based protein too! Plus protein from the egg. I’ve been loving using edamame in recipes lately because I recently discovered how high edamame is in not only a source of complete protein, but also high in fiber, calcium, iron, magnesium, vitamin C, and tons of other great nutrients. Wooowwwwza all that from one cute ‘n’ tasty lil’ bean.

So next time you’re in the mood for some Mexican food you just need a few simple ingredients, 10 minutes, and a giant bowl to put everything in cuz let’s be honest here, you’re gonna want as much as you can possibly cram in that bowl. Enjoy my peeps!

Grain-Free Fiesta Taco Salad Bowl

  • Servings: 4
  • Difficulty: easy
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Ingredients

  • 2 red peppers, sliced
  • ½ Tbsp organic virgin coconut oil
  • 4 organic free-range eggs
  • 1 15 oz. can of black beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 cup cooked corn
  • 1 cup cooked edamame
  • 1 cup sliced cherry tomatoes
  • 4 cups chopped organic spinach
  • 1 lime, sliced
  • 1 avocado, cut into chunks
  • pea shoots
  • 1 cup of your favorite salsa

Directions

  1. Heat your coconut oil in a large non-stick pan over medium heat. Once it’s hot, add the red peppers and cook while stirring occasionally for about 5 minutes or until they’re tender.
  2. Once the peppers are done, crack your eggs into your pan. Add a small amount of water to the eggs and immediately cover with a lid. Cook until the egg whites appear white and no longer clear then remove from the heat.
  3. Add ¼ of each of the following to each bowl: spinach, beans, edamame, corn, peppers, cherry tomatoes, and avocado and then top with an egg, pea shoots, and your favorite salsa. Enjoy!


Sweet and Spicy Ground Chicken Meatball Veggie Bowl

Turkey Meatball Veggie Bowl

Have you ever gone to the grocery store on the hunt for ground turkey and then got home only to realize you messed up and got ground chicken on accident? Just me? Well TBH I do it all the freakin’ time so I’ve decided to just embrace my lack of attentiveness by channeling it into tasty ground chicken dishes.

Aaaaaand this is one of my faves. Ground chicken meatballs are super underrated. I feel like nobody ever really talks about ground chicken meatballs, it’s always ground beef or ground turkey. But ground chicken meatballs are SO good so I’m starting a ground chicken meatball bandwagon.

#chickenmeatballsfolife

Anyways, this bowl is perfect for lunch, dinner, or even a snack, and it’s a meal prepper’s heaven (if you’re into that, which you should be if you’re not) because you can literally make a whole bunch of everything in advance and then heat it up whenever you have a craving for a delicious, nutritious meal. Also, talk about the perfect meal to pack for lunch at work! SO GREAT.

And besides being scrumptidlyumptious, this bowl is POWERFUL. You’ve got your protein, vitamins, minerals, fiber, healthy fats, anti-cancer properties, andddd gut health promotion! So give it a try next time you accidentally buy ground chicken by mistake. Or even if you buy it on purpose. You’ll thank me later. Enjoy, my peep!

 

Ground Chicken Meatball Veggie Bowl

  • Servings: 1
  • Difficulty: easy
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Ingredients

  • ¼ pound lean free range organic ground chicken
  • ½ tsp minced garlic
  • 2 tbsp diced yellow onion
  • 1 Tbsp chickpea flour
  • pinch of salt
  • ½ tbsp virgin organic coconut oil
  • ¼ cup sweet potato cut into chunks
  • 1 carrot, sliced
  • ¼ cup cremini mushrooms, sliced
  • 1 cup chopped kale
  • salt and pepper
  • 1 Tbsp maple syrup
  • 2 tsp Frank’s Red Hot Sauce

Directions

  1. Pre-heat your oven to 400 degrees F.
  2. In a bowl, combine the ground chicken, minced garlic, yellow onion, chickpea flour, and pinch of salt. Mix to combine.
  3. Form balls about 1 inch in diameter and place on a lined baking sheet.
  4. Put in the oven and bake for about 15-20 minutes (until the internal temperature reaches 165 degrees F).
  5. Meanwhile, toss the sweet potato chunks and carrot slices in half of the coconut oil, salt, and pepper. Transfer them to a lined baking sheet and place in the oven for about 15-20 minutes (until fork tender).
  6. While everything’s cooking in the oven, heat the remaining half of the coconut oil over medium heat in a pan. Once it’s hot, add the mushrooms and stir occasionally until they are tender.
  7. Mix together the maple syrup and hot sauce.
  8. Place kale in a bowl and top with the mushrooms, sweet potatoes, carrots, meatballs, and sauce. Enjoy!


Massaged Kale Salad with Dates, Dried Fruit, Almonds, and Pears

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When I was growing up, I absolutely despised salads. I’m not sure what it was, but leafy greens and me did not mix whatsoever. Especially lettuce. I had a literal spidey sense for lettuce. If I was eating something and there was a teensy little stray piece of lettuce hidden away in there, I could sniff it out in a second.

Fun Fact: your taste buds change every 5 to 7 years so this is why you develop a liking for certain things you used to dislike and vice versa.

I’m super thankful that now I am older and my palate is much more sophisticated and I have learned to love a good salad. Especially a kale salad. And this salad? Oh, it’s a good one. I could eat it literally every single day and never get tired of it. It’s sweet, crunchy, light, and refreshing yet filling.

Anddddd it’s gonna make you feel so soooo good. Let me just give you a quick little rundown of what your body will be soaking up from just one salad.

  • Kale is low in calories, has zero fat, and is high in vitamins A, C, and K as well as iron, calcium, and antioxidants. And it’s anti-inflammatory FTW.
  • Dates are high in fiber, antioxidants, potassium, magnesium, copper, iron, and vitamin B6. It’s also a great natural sweetener and has been shown to be effective in healthy weight gain and lowering inflammatory markers.
  • Almonds contain lots of healthy fats, fiber, protein, magnesium, and vitamin E. They also help to reduce hunger and lower cholesterol levels.
  • Pears are a fantastic addition too because they’re high in fiber, copper, potassium, boron, manganese, antioxidants, and vitamins C and K. They also have been shown to improve digestion and can aid in weight loss.

So on top of being absolutely delicious, it has all that goodness.

WHAT.

Yep, it’s basically a miracle in a bowl. So get going! All it takes is 10 minutes and then your taste buds will be having a little dance party because they’re so happy. Enjoy!

 


Massaged Kale Salad with Dates, Dried Fruit, Almonds, and Pears

  • Servings: 6 side or 3 full salads
  • Difficulty: easy
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Ingredients

    Salad:
  • 1 bunch of kale, finely chopped and massaged
  • 7 Medjool Dates, pitted and chopped
  • ½ cup dried black currants or cranberries (sometimes I find it’s hard to find currants so I sub cranberries)
  • ½ cup chopped almonds
  • 1 pear, diced
  • Dressing:

  • ½ cup extra virgin olive oil
  • ¼ cup red wine vinegar
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • a dash of dried oregano
  • salt and pepper to taste

Directions

  1. Place all the salad ingredients into a large bowl.
  2. In a blender, add all the ingredients for the dressing and blend on high until it looks thick and creamy (about 10 seconds).
  3. When you’re ready to eat, add the dressing to the salad and toss everything together. Enjoy!