The Fantastic Friday Five: Curried quinoa, Kale salad and SPRING!

The Fantastic Friday Five is a weekly series featuring odds and ends from my everyday life – food, running, gardening, home-ownership and more!

The good and the bad.  It’s been a good week around here for lazing and catching up on life planning… school vacation week for me!  (I’m a teacher, not a student, but vacation is even more welcome when you’re an adult!)  And the bad.  If you are not living in a hole (or the Central Maine woods?), which I assume you’re not if you’re reading this, you know that the bombings at the Boston Marathon have been very unsettling and heartbreaking to us all.  I live only an hour and a half north of Boston, and I know many people in the area.  I’m also a runner.  But no matter what bad there is in the world, the good is better, and I felt especially proud to be out running this week and seeing others do the same.  There’s a race I’ve been not wanting to do (I’m an infamous cold-feeter when it comes to races), but I’m going to run it tomorrow.  Because I can, and n0body can stop me.  Now allow me to share some of the fantasticness of the week with you… Thank you, as always, for joining in!  :)

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Kale and cabbage salad with cashew-sesame dressing (vegan/gf)

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Have I mentioned that I love kale?  I believe I have, but the topic merits re-visiting.  It’s especially wonderful in winter, on those days when all I want is GREEN and delicate salad greens are hard to come by (unless you bully other people out of the way at the farmers’ market, and that’s just not my style).  Well the other night, Travis was coming home late from a work outing involving food and I knew he wouldn’t be hungry for a full meal (and I didn’t really feel like cooking something hot anyway), so I checked the fridge to inspire me.  Lo and behold, I had a bunch of kale and also some beautiful purple cabbage from the market.  I knew I wanted to make a salad, but the dish didn’t click in my head until I thought to use a cashew dressing, much like the one I like to use on noodles/rice/quinoa, as described here.  Long story short, it was so delicious that we ate some, and then ate some more… and then we had to stop ourselves from being stuffed with the amazingness. Continue reading

Kale pesto and sweet potato pasta (and my thoughts on canned chickpeas)

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I love kale.  And lucky for me, it’s a vegetable that enjoys Maine’s soil and seasons.  Unfortunately, it seems that many of my fellow farmers’ market go-ers also love kale and other greens, because there’s been an absolute dearth in recent weeks – even months.  So I’ve broken down (many times…) and bought kale from the grocery store, but at least it’s organic (important because kale is on the infamous dirty dozen list), it’s from a Massachusetts company (Olivia’s Organics), and it’s grown in the US.  I’ll save why I eat local for another post… Continue reading