kale flower

Some nights, after a really healthy, food filled day, I lay in bed knowing I’m going to wake up looking better. That’s how I felt last night after my Kale, Quinoa, Pinto Beans, Salmon salad. It’s just one of those feel good meals that has everything you could possibly need to look and feel great.

Surprisingly enough, my very picky eater roommate, Uncle David, liked his share! To answer your question, no, I do not live with my uncle. In fact, he’s my college best friend’s (Jess, who would kill me if I didn’t mention her) uncle. He was gracious enough to let me move in with him for a little while, while I was moving out of my previous apartment. Cut to me still living here two years later. Anyway he refers to everything I eat as “rabbit food,” so how I even got him to try my Kale salad, is unbeknownst to me. Yet last night he was raving about his taste-tester meal. Go me!

Ingredients:

  • Kale
  • Salmon (I prefer wild salmon over farmed because farmed is know to have higher pollutant levels, more contaminants, and there’s a concern of them having too much exposure to antibiotics.)
  • Pinto Beans
  • Quinoa
  • Cherry Tomatoes
  • 1 Lemon
  • Olive Oil
  • Feta Cheese

Instructions:

  • Quinoa takes the longest to make, so get that on the stove first. I used Ancient Harvest, Inca Red. I swapped the water for chicken broth because It gives the quinoa more flavor.
  • Add some olive oil to a pan and cook your salmon to your liking.
  • Wash and chop your Kale (it’s much easier to eat in smaller, chopped pieces).
  • Get your pinto beans on the stove.
  • Wash and cut your tomatoes in half.
  • When everything is done, add it together!
  • For the dressing I used olive oil and lemon juice.
  • Add Feta Cheese on top.
  • Dig in!

Benefits:

  • Kale is an anti-inflammatory and curbs unwanted free radical reactions. It also contains fiber, meaning it helps detoxify your body (again, digestion is key!). Kale also contains vitamins A and K. Vitamin A helps repair skin tissue and prevents damage caused by free radicals, vitamin K helps get rid of the dark circles under your eyes. Last but not least, Kale provides your body with vitamin C, which prevents premature aging.
  • Salmon has one of the richest concentrations of omega-3 fatty acids, which nourish the skin by minimizing your body’s production of inflammatory substances, decreasing clogged pores, and helping to prevent fine lines and wrinkles.
  • Quinoa contains lysine which is a key building block in the synthesis of collagen and elastin.
  • Tomatoes contain vitamin A, K, and C.

See, I told you this salad has everything! I suggest making enough to have for lunch for the rest of the week.

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