I have to admit that my love for kale is growing every day!
It is delicious plain straight from the garden (did you know that you can even grow kale on your window sill!?), in salads, roasted to crispy deliciously healthy chips or sautéed – just bring it on and I love it. I did not imagine that I could love these dark green leaves so much as a kid, but I am fortunate to have a rather healthy palate these days.
Of course, this also has a lot to do with habits. Somebody who is used to have a hot dog for breakfast, burger for lunch and pizza for dinner would most probably not love this salad immediately, but it is possible to train your taste buds to like healthier foods. Just start with a few healthier choices and soon you realize that salads are actually delicious and real food that you cooked yourself is always better for you than take-out! Cheaper too!
Talking about this salad warm Kale & Chickpea Salad recipe here – this is a real 15-minute meal that doesn’t require any cooking skills or fancy equipment and the ingredient list is relatively short.
In addition to being incredibly delicious, these reasons are enough to make this Warm Kale & Chikpea Salad one of the best choices for a quick dinner. The healthiness of kale, protein boost from chickpeas, spark from citrus, crispy-toasty sunflower seeds and creamy avocado are a perfect combination any day of the week!
Warm Kale & Chickpea Salad
Cooking time: 15 minutes
2 tbsp sunflower seeds
1 small onion
9 oz kale
1 can chickpeas
1 ripe avocado
0.5 pink grapefruits
Extra virgin olive oil
Directions: Heat the pan and toast the sunflower seeds lightly, then set aside.
At the same time peel and chop the onion and tear the kale to bite-sized pieces.
Heat a drop of oil and sweat the onions with a pinch of salt over medium heat for 5 minutes.
If the onion is translucent, throw the kale on the pan and let it wilt for a few minutes.
Add the chickpeas to the pan, season with lime juice and more salt and mix everything together.
Clean and chop avocado and grapefruit.
To serve, add grapefruit and avocado on top of the warm salad and sprinkle with toasted sunflower seeds.
By Kadri Raig
Kadri is a food blogger and yoga teacher from Estonia. She loves healthy food and cooking and for her, these two are often the same thing. Cooking meals from scratch, you know exactly what goes in it and even without holding back with sugar or fat we end up using a lot less compared to ready-made frozen stuff from the supermarket.
She does love to spend time in the kitchen, but most of her recipes are simple and don’t take more than 20 minutes of active cooking time. She thinks that everybody can find time to cook healthy food at home, it is just a question of planning. "I work in an office full time, teach yoga 7-8 hours a week and write a blog. So if I manage to cook most of my meals, then so do you!"
Connect with Kadri and enjoy many more of her delicious healthy recipes on her website here: http://www.kahvliga.ee/.
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