Monday, January 6, 2014

A New Year, a New YOU!


One thing I will never, ever tell you to do is DIET.  I hate diets.  So I hate all the new year's resolutions that involve a diet.  They don't work.  Like, not ever.  I don't care what kind you are on.  The key to being healthy and to being happy with your body is to just eat pretty good ALL OF THE TIME.  And to treat your self when you want to.  And eat when you want to, just don't eat too much.  In other words, to just live good.  And the rest will follow.  A true lifestyle is much easier to maintain than some crazy diet.  So just make good choices most of the time, and you won't ever need a new you, you'll just love the you you are!

So here is a go to salad that is full of lots of healthy kale.  But I really just like the way this tastes, which is why I eat it.  It just happens to also be good for me.  Pick up some kale at +Family Fare Supermarkets  and be sure to totally submerge it in water and swish it around a while.  Then just let it float, while all the dirt sinks.  Kale is usually pretty sandy, and you don't want a gritty salad.  Then put is in a salad spinner to get rid of all the water.  Once you make the salad, it actually gets better after sitting for a little bit, so feel free to make it ahead.  And make sure you use real parmesan cheese, NEVER EVER buy the green can!

A great, healthy, seasonal salad for the new year, this one is packed with vitamins and flavor!

Amy Sherman's Dark Green Salad

about 10--12 cups dark leafy greens, like kale, swiss chard, or spinach
1 large shallot, minced
1 tablespoon dijon mustard
pinch of sugar
1/3 cup extra virgin olive oil
1/4 cup lemon juice
1 teaspoon worcestshire sauce
salt and pepper
chopped toasted pistachios
shaved parmesan cheese

Rinse the greens well, then thinly slice into strips.  Mix the shallot, mustard, sugar, oil, lemon and worcestshire sauce together, season with salt and pepper.  Toss with the greens, then lay them out on a platter.   Top with nuts and cheese and serve.