Warm Kale and Mushroom Salad

It was just there. Staring at me. In all its mac and cheese gloriousness. It was saying Eat me. Eat the mac and cheese. I’m cheesy, I’m gooey, I’m somehow organic even though I came out of a box… I’d been having this argument with myself all morning. I fought with the flour tortillas that I used to wrap my sons’ tacos in, I stared longingly at my husband’s toast that was soaking up the yolk of his egg, and I argued with Annie’s Organic Cheddar shells and cheese. And I won, y’all. I thought for sure I’d be defeated, but I wasn’t, and I came up with a yummy warm salad to combat my hunger after defeating the mac and cheese.

I looked in the fridge, but I didn’t want your typical cold salad. I instantly came up with this simple, but delicious warm salad. The best part? It only took 10 minutes from start to finish. You need to try it, because it will change your life, or at least your vegan lunches.

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Ingredients

1/4 cup of sliced red onions

6 sliced mushrooms, your choice

2 heaping handfuls of chopped kale

2 tablespoons of coconut oil

Salt, pepper, and garlic powder to taste

Directions

1. Slice and chopped the veggies while heating up the coconut oil

2. Place the sliced onions in the pan. Season with salt and pepper.

3. Once the onions are translucent, add the mushrooms.

4. Once the mushrooms are softened, add the kale.

4. Sprinkle with garlic powder while the kale is softening, and add more salt and pepper if needed.

5. Enjoy your masterpiece and give yourself a pat on the back for turning down the mac and cheese.

Notes:

1. This recipe serves 1 person. Double or triple the recipe as needed.

2. Use this as a base for your warm kale salad. Get creative with your add ins!

3. Consider adding other seasonings like red pepper flakes or smoked paprika.

4. If you’re not a vegan, top with crumbled gorgonzola cheese.

5. If you’re not vegan or vegetarian, cook chopped bacon with the onions.

Try it out, and let me know what ya think! And help me out, what’s your favorite vegan lunch?

Munchin’ on Marigolds

This past weekend we went to our friend’s birthday party and my friend, Angie, made a salad with edible flowers. Of course, many of us know there are edible flowers, but have we ever tried them? I hadn’t tried them before and was very curious! Well, that’s a lie. I had tried flowers once before when I was probably 4 years old and had just watched the movie Bambi. There’s a scene in the movie where the rabbit, Thumper, is eating flowers, and after that my sisters and I searched our backyard and probably ate every Texas wildflower we could find. So, other than that, I had not tried edible flowers.

There was quite the assortment of flowers, and they gorgeous of all colors: green, orange, pink, and bright red. They were so pretty you almost didn’t want to eat them. But I did! I was curious so I tried almost all of them. Here’s my review.

marigolds

The marigolds were kind of zesty and spicy, similar to arugula. A lot of people at the party didn’t care for this one, but I liked it. I’m also a fan of arugula. Marigolds have some cool health benefits to that I found out on livestrong.com. They are high in antioxidants and have been shown to help fight cancer. Not only do they help fight cancer, but they help to prevent the regrowth of cancerous cells!

The mums were pretty bland and earthy. They can easily blend in your every day salad. Mums are known to help improve cardiovascular health. They can also help relieve high blood pressure and some symptoms of high blood pressure like headaches or insomnia.

Lastly, I tried the dendrobium, which are the pretty pink orchids. I thought that these flowers actually had a slight sweet taste to them, and were also pretty mild. I just popped the whole thing in my mouth without any sort of seasoning and had no problem with the flavor. It was pretty tasty! According to webmd.com these flowers are known to help boost the performance of a workout, and act as a stimulant.

What do you think? Are you willing to give edible flowers a try? Do you have a favorite already?

Disclaimer: I am not a physician. I am just a mom on a mission for wellness and sharing cool facts as I come about them. These flowers are not intended to cure, treat or prevent disease. If taking prescription medication, you may wish to consult a physician before consumption of beautiful flowers.