Feel good salad

I have been feeling a little down recently.  Just kind of less upbeat and a bit…I don’t know, tired.  A kind of mid year slump.  I put it down to a couple of fairly simple things – I haven’t been exercising recently so I feel a bit bleurrgh.  I have also been grabbing any old thing for lunch (cheese sandwich anyone?) and doing things like eating crisps before dinner and deciding that an ice-cream after dinner would be a great idea as well.  The other interesting thing about getting into a ‘life lull’ is that you find yourself spending ever increasing time on activities that leave you feeling a bit empty (like staring at your instagram account wondering why you don’t have more followers when everyone else has a million – and watching youtube clips of James Corden and documentaries about George Michael).  Oh yes.

But all this came to a crashing halt today and it’s thanks to Kylie Minogue.  Good old Kylie.  I heard ‘Better the Devil You Know’ in a taxi the other day and came immediately home and bought it.  This song for me is steeped in youth.  It is hot pants and catsuits, getting ready to go clubbing with Leisel and Kristi, swapping clothes and doing our makeup.  A time when I wore my hair curly* and didn’t think I was too tall to wear huge platform shoes.  It is a song filled with good times and optimism.

So I took Kylie with me to the gym today and while I ran (the first time in many months) I reminisced in a good way.  And then I came home and made this salad and it felt like I was slowly getting back on track.

Feel good salad

Feel Good Salad

This lemony salad is full of goodness and is filling enough to eat on it’s own.  Enjoy yours with a side serve of exercise and pop music. Recipe adapted from The Minimalist Baker

Kale

1 x large bunch of kale, chopped and large stems removed
1 lemon juiced
1 tbsp olive oil
1 tbsp maple syrup
1 x handful of toasted pine nuts

White Beans, Avocado and Cucumber

1 x can of white or butter beans
1 x lebanese cucumber, diced
1 x avocado, diced
½ lemon juiced
1 tbsp olive oil
1 tbsp fresh parsley, chopped
salt and pepper

Croutons

2 cups of bread, cubed (I used a spelt sunflower seed loaf)
¼ cup olive oil
salt and pepper

Tahini Dressing

1/3 cup light tahini
1 ½ lemons, juiced
1-2 tbsp maple syrup
salt and pepper
hot water to thin

Method

Preheat the oven to 160°C  and mix your cubed bread with the olive oil and seasoning and tip on to a baking tray.  Bake in the oven until golden and crispy turning every now and then so that they brown evenly. Set aside to cool slightly while you make the salad.

In a small bowl, combine the drained beans, avocado and cucumber with the lemon juice, olive oil, parsley and seasoning and toss to combine.  Set aside.

Next, make the dressing for the kale by whisking the olive oil, lemon juice, maple syrup and seasoning together.  Add to the kale and toss to combine.  Toast the pine nuts in a dry frypan and set aside.

Make the tahini dressing by whisking all the ingredients together, adding enough hot water to thin the consistency to your liking.

When you are ready to eat, assemble the salad in a large bowl.  To the dressed kale add the white bean mixture and croutons.  Top with the toasted pine nuts and drizzle with a little tahini dressing.  Serve the additional tahini dressing on the side. (Only add the tahini dressing and croutons when you are ready to eat, otherwise it all gets a little soggy).

Feel good salad

If you know of any other great early 90’s pop tunes that may lift my mood, feel free to share.  And I will leave you with this gem of an image.  If you are experiencing a ‘life lull’ hopefully this, along with my feel good salad, will lift your spirits (or at least act as a reminder for why you need to match your foundation to your skin tone!)…and people wonder why I never wear lipstick.  I think your answer is right there.  Yikes.

Lottie 2

Better the Devil You Know
#circa1990 #bff #noperm #thosecurlsaretherealdeal #ittookacanofmousse

*Oh how times have changed.  I remember when Kylie Minogue released the video clip of Better the Devil You Know.  Channel 9 were the first to show a snippet of it along with an interview with Kylie on …I guess it was A Current Affair? and I remember setting up the VHS player to record the segment and then I watched it over and over and over.  Taping video clips on VHS tapes.  Oh I’m old.

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