Sweet Potato, Quinoa & Kale Summer Salad *The Boathouse at Shelly Beach Inspired Recipe*

As promised in my last post, here is a more traditional Thanksgiving dish to serve up for your family and friends. This recipe is based on the “Summer Salad” from the iconic Boathouse at Shelly Beach. I thought I could never fully recreate this simple salad because it was just too perfect and served up beautifully next to the sandy shoreline. Turns out I was wrong. I TOTALLY NAILED IT.

Think piles of kale and quinoa mingling with roasted sweet potato chunks, dressed in a simple vinaigrette and topped with a mountain of crunchy almonds, pretty-in-pink pickled red onions and juicy pomegranate arils. This simple, yet statement-making, salad is all you need for a taste of summer “Straya” style.

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Nila's Favorite Kale Salad... Upgraded

You might remember Nila mentioning her go-to lunch in the latest LTB Report was a kale salad loaded with delicious fresh veggies, but surprisingly topped with a store-bought ginger dressing and crumbled spicy tortilla chips. It sounds absolutely tasty with that added spicy crunch factor along with the queen of greens herself, kale. But, and this is a big but, all that veggie goodness is covered in a big glob of beauty and health stealing criminals like GMO's, MSG, gluten, chemicals and preservatives that do not deserve a spot on your plate. You're worth so much more than that and your body deserves better than what the guys at the top are bottling, bagging and selling to make profit using cheap ingredients with expiration dates light years ahead of us - with one goal in mind: to get us addicted to and crave their products while they make bank.

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Mermaid Glow-ji Pasta Bowl with Kale and Almond Butter Ginger Dressing

Oodles and oodles of... mermaid noodles? Sounds crazy, but this ramen of the sea tastes just as delicious and magical as it sounds. I have to admit, I was a bit leery to try this nearly calorie and carb-less pack of imposter noodles. Many times I placed them in my shopping cart only to make it to the checkout and well, chicken out. Was this going to be another one of my foodie fails that my family and friends would never let me live down... again? I mean, they're tangly. You have to first rinse them and then soak them in water. And then cut with scissors to desired length. Feeling completely out of my element, there was still something that kept piquing my interest and bringing me back to this ubiquitous pack of sea veggie noodles. What really sealed the deal was when one of my favorite nutritionistas ever blogged about them and shared her quick and easy recipe. That was all it took to finally take the plunge and buy my first bag of kelp noodles.

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Fall Butternut Squash Tacos

While raw veggies will always have my crunchy heart, there’s something to be said for warm and roasted veggies too. The natural sweetness that comes from roasting this season’s finest instantly provides comfort, making it a welcome addition to any fall meal. And when that fall meal is tacos, boy, are you in for a treat.

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131 Main Kale Salad Copycat

I have been meaning to make a version of this kale salad forever now. For those who are reading that aren't local, 131 Main is a super yummy, kind of expensive restaurant that serves the best kale salad and beet-based veggie burger you've ever had. Really. We {Pure Barre LKN girls!} get this pretty much every single time we go and we tell everyone else to get it too. It's that good. But, it's not always easy to make it to the restaurant every time you crave the kale, which is often. So, I finally bought some curly kale {on sale!} and went to work. Oh and I went above and beyond and made it organic, vegan and gluten free because dairy and gluten aren't the best on digestion {read: bloating and pimples... at best 😝} and because I love you and want you all to be healthy and strong and not eat toxins all day. 

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Spicy & Cheezy Kale Chips

It's National Eat Your Veggies Day!!! Woot woot! So, what better way to celebrate than with the "Queen of Greens" herself, kale?! Spicy, crispy, cheesy and insanely addictive... these kale chips have the power to make even the biggest veggie hater come over to the green side. Really. Try it. Maybe it's your kid, your hubby, you... simply whip this easy peasy recipe up in 5 minutes and 15 minutes later... tasty, fresh, warm and cheesy chip goodness is served. Tell your veggie hater {er, yourself} to close his/her eyes and then shove a chip in. Do it quick. Watch your fingers! Then, BAM! Converted. It's just that easy. You, I mean, they really do love veggies. Life. Changing.

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