Copycat Mrs Green’s Hail To The Kale Salad Recipe

This copycat version of Mrs Green’s Hail To The Kale Salad is additively good – you’ll want to make a big batch and eat it for lunch throughout the week.

A while back, I went to a church retreatcalled We Want More that was packed into a little over a day. It was an intense session as over 70 people gathered in search of something unique for themselves. To be honest, I hadn’t planned on going, but went as the dutiful spouse. But, once I got a whiff of what was to come during the full day session, I cancelled my Saturday plans and spent seven hours with a very special group of women that I got to know on a more intimate basis.

The question I had for myself going into the session was – what does God want me to do with my life? There have been times in my life when I’ve thought I had a crystal clear idea of what God’s callingwas for me. The stars all seemed to be aligned and the path clear. But, as I’ve started walking down that path, somehow forks in the road have been placed before me and I feel stuck at acrossroad.

I’m very fortunate in that I had my career early on before I had kids and when my boys were young, so I feel fulfilled from that standpoint. My college and graduate education didn’t go to waste, and I was able to sock away some good savings from thoseyears of working.

So, nowI feel that it’s my time to give back and help others, whether it’s through this blog or cooking for people in my community. I’m still not sure what my calling is, so I’m just trying to be patient and waiting on God. Meanwhile, I’ve been cooking for a friend and made this copycat version of Mrs Green’s Hail To The Kale Salad. I had bought her a small container the other day and she really liked it, so I decided to try making it at home. It’s really a very simple salad and I have to say I like mine even better.

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Grilled Thai Curry Cilantro Garlic Chicken Recipe

Although it’s not quite summer, it sure does feel like it. School is almost out, my college boys are home, and grilling is back. We finally decided to invest in some outdoor furniture so we can spend more time outside this summer. I’m now wondering what took us so long. Our college boys are asking the same question…”why didn’t you do this when we were home?” Well, we’re fortunate they are home this summer, so that is precisely why we decided better late then never.

I’ve been making this Grilled Thai Curry Cilantro Garlic Chicken for years, and it’s a family favorite. Although we sometimes serve it with Sweet Thai Chili Sauce , I didn’t bother making any and no one missed it. This chicken is best marinated overnight, so try to plan ahead; otherwise, if you marinate it in the morning, you’ll be good to go. One trick I use when I grill chicken or fish is to place the chicken or fish on a baking tray lined with a piece of lightly oiled foil. I slide the whole thing on to the grill – this makes it so much easier to turn the pieces of chicken or fish and there’s no grill scraping in involved.

For more Thai grilling recipes, check out these recipes:

Grilled Thai Chicken Breast with Sweet Chili Garlic Sauce

Thai Chicken Skewers with Sweet and Spicy Chili Sauce

Thai Coconut Curry Chicken with Peanut Sauce (with red curry paste)

Easy Grilled Thai Coconut Curry Chicken with Peanut Sauce

Thai Barbecue Chicken (with roasted coriander)

Thai Beef Satay Skewers with Peanut Sauce

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Glutenfree Banana Chocolate Peanut Butter Quick Bread Recipe

Gluten-Free Banana Chocolate Peanut Butter Bread - a healthy and delicious breakfast bread or snack

This Gluten-Free Banana Chocolate Peanut Butter Quick Bread is perfect for breakfast or as a healthy snack.

Gluten-Free Banana Chocolate Peanut Butter Bread - a healthy and delicious breakfast bread or snack

Imagine a banana dipped in peanut butter and chocolate. That’s what this quick bread is all about. Swirls of chocolate batter and peanut butter batter run throughout this banana bread. Pure yumminess. Recently, I bought a jar of powdered organic peanut butter. Powdered peanut butter has 90% less fat than traditional peanut butter (1 gram fat versus 16-18 grams fat in 2 tablespoons peanut butter) and 80% fewer calories (40 calories versus 200 calories in 2 tablespoons peanut butter).

Gluten-Free Banana Chocolate Peanut Butter Bread - a healthy and delicious breakfast bread or snack

This is a great twist on regular old banana bread. I had six overripe bananas laying around that needed to be used up (you can freeze or refrigerate ripe bananas and save them for this quick bread). I made a regular batch of banana bread batter, then divided it into three bowls, mixing cocoa powder into one, and powdered peanut butter into another.

Gluten-Free Banana Chocolate Peanut Butter Bread - a healthy and delicious breakfast bread or snack

Next, Idivided the banana bread batter between two loaf pans, then dropped dollops of chocolate and peanut butter batter on top.

Gluten-Free Banana Chocolate Peanut Butter Bread - a healthy and delicious breakfast bread or snack

All three batters were thenswirled together with a wide blade knife (a sandwich knife or dinner knife both work).

Gluten-Free Banana Chocolate Peanut Butter Bread - a healthy and delicious breakfast bread or snack

What you’ll end up with is a rich, dense banana chocolate peanut butter loaf that is perfect for breakfast or a snack.

This recipe makestwo loaves sokeep one for your family and give one away to spread the love.

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Healthy Cowboy Caviar

Make healthy cowboy caviar this summer! It's a bean salsa popular in the South. cookieandkate.com

Y’all know I’m from Oklahoma, right? Ali texted me for bean salsa input the other day and I mentioned that she wasn’t far off from cowboy caviar, a bean salad popular in the South. You can serve it as a side salad or as salsa. Either way, people go crazy for it at potlucks.

cowboy caviar ingredients

Ali wasn’t familiar with cowboy caviar (also called Texas caviar), so I worried that maybe you all had been deprived of this cheekily titled delight, too. It’s made with black-eyed peas and black beans, chopped tomatoes, corn, bell pepper, onion and cilantro tossed in a tangy Italian dressing.

black-eyed peas and jalapeno

I have one issue with most cowboy caviars, which is that they’re often swimming in store-bought Italian salad dressing. As such, they can be way too oily and contain some entirely unnecessary preservatives. I whisked together a simple, homemade Italian dressing that does the trick. This recipe yields quite a lot of dip, but I don’t think you’ll have any trouble polishing it off.

cowboy caviar layers

I had so much fun creating a healthier version of this classic potluck menu item that I thought it would be fun to make a summer series out of it. On the menu: seven-layer dip, pasta salad, more salsas… What else would you all like to see?!Let me know in the comments!

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    Cowboy caviar dip (a popular Southern bean salsa) is always a hit at summer potlucks! It's healthy, too. cookieandkate.com

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    Recipe type: Appetizer

    Cuisine: Southern

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  • Grilled Asparagus with Mint Feta Pesto Recipe

    Grilled Asparagus with Mint Feta Pesto

    I’m a lover of condiments. If you could only see all the little jars of sauces and bottles of hot sauces in my refrigerator, you might wonder what I do with all of them. A good condiment can elevatethe simplest of meals to the next level,adding new flavors and textures to foods that you might otherwisethink nothing much of.

    Grilled Shrimp with Mint Feta Pesto

    This Mint Feta Pesto is lip smacking good. I made this on a whim a few nights ago to dress up some grilled asparagus. I ended dousing grilled shrimp with this sauce too and it was delicious.

    Mint grows like crazy and I’ve got several varieties growing in containers this summer (including mojito mint, orange mint and blackberry mint), so there is no shortage of mint in my kitchen. I’m looking for all different ways to use it up, so this pesto is one of the newest recipes I’ve tried.

    Not only is this Mint Feta Pesto delicious served over grilled asparagus, but I bet it’d be wonderful on top of grilled salmon or chicken too.

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    Cauliflower Falafel Veggie Burgers

    Healthy falafel veggie burgers, so good! cookieandkate.com

    I love these burgers. I hate these burgers. After several batches that were either too crumbly, dry or bland, I had just about given up on them. Finally (finally!), on my last willing attempt, they turned out just right. I was still mad at them for giving me so much trouble along the way, but I couldn’t keep these burgers from you. They’re too good.

    cauliflower falafel burgers ingredients

    The concept came to me last month, when a new publication requested a new veggie burger recipe. I wanted to make a falafel veggie burger. You might think that you could just make bigger falafel and call it a veggie burger, but I vividly recall making bigger versions of my baked falafel way back and that didn’t work at all. The small falafels are perfect, but in larger form, they’re gummy on the inside and require far too much chewing to get down. Nope, those just won’t do.

    chickpeas and cauliflower

    I decided to base the burgers off my sweet potato and black bean burgers , which are my idea of a perfect veggie burger, and pull in flavors from the baked falafel. I’d use cauliflower to lighten up the texture so the burgers aren’t so dense in the middle. I turned them into “rice” (basically, just cauliflower pulsed into little pieces in the food processor) à la Laura’s cauliflower veggie burgers .

    healthy cauliflower falafel burgers

    Then I used chickpeas instead of the black beans and added extra parsley, cumin and a dash of cinnamon. Covering the patties while they cook in a pan on the stove helps the cauliflower cook through and lose its distinctive raw flavor. Bingo! Perfect falafel veggie burgers. I hope you agree. I haven’t tried cooking these on the grill (I think the patties will need to be chilled beforehand so they hold their shape), so please let me know if you give that a shot.

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    Recipe type: Veggie burger

    Cuisine: Mediterranean

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  • Homemade Scd Gaps Diet Yogurt Recipe

    SCD GAPS Diet Yogurt with Blueberries and Honey

    This Homemade SCD GAPS Diet Yogurt is fermented for 24 hours, making it virtually lactose free and easier to digest. Enjoy with fresh fruit and honey for breakfast for an afternoon snack.

    SCD GAPS Diet Yogurt with Papaya and Honey

    Have you heard of the SCD or GAPS Diet? SCDstands for Specific Carbohydrate Diet. I first came across this diet when my youngest son was suffering from gastrointestinal issues four years ago. Our nutritionist suggested we give the SCD a try. At the time, the diet seemed far too restrictive for my son, so instead of trying it, I went down the road of an elimination diet where I removed over twenty foods that he tested allergic or intolerant to. Fortunately, the elimination diet did the trick; otherwise, we were going to try the GAPS or Specific Carbohydrate Diet next.

    SCD GAPS DIet Yogurt - fermented for 24 hours so there is virtually no lactose and so much easier to digest

    The SCD is often recommended for people with intestinal health issues and other illnessessuch as Crohn’s Disease, Ulcerative Colitis, Diverticulitis, Celiac Disease, Autism, and Cystic Fibrosis. The GAPS diet (Gut and Psychology Syndrome) is often suggested for people with autism, ADHD/ADD, dyslexia, dyspraxia, schizophrenia, depression, eating disorders, manic depression or bipolar disorder, and obsessive compulsive disorder. Although there are some differences in the foods you can eat on each diet, they are both gut-healing diets.

    SCD GAPS Diet Yogurt - fermented for 24 hours so there is virtually no lactose and so much easier to digest

    Recently, the GAPS Diet and SCD have crossed my radar screen again. We have dairy intolerances of some sort in our family. I don’t know whether it’s the lactose or casein in dairy products that’s bothersome; a few family members think it’s the lactose, and the other half think it’s the casein. So, when I finally decided to look into the SCD in more depth, SCD or GAPS Diet yogurt popped up as one of the first foods to introduce into the diet. SCD or GAPS Diet yogurt is not the same as store-bought yogurt, nor is it the same as regular homemade yogurt. SCD or GAPS Diet yogurt is fermented yogurt that is virtually lactose-free and easier to digest. The yogurt is allowed to ferment for 24 hours, at which point, the lactose is “eaten up.”

    SCD GAPS Diet Yogurt - fermented for 24 hours so there is virtually no lactose and so much easier to digest

    The trick is to maintain the temperature of the yogurt at a steady 105-115 degrees fahrenheit for at least 24 hours. There are a few ways to achieve this. You can buy a yogurt maker. You can use your oven pilot light. You can sous vide it. Or you can use a food dehydrator like I did. The food dehydrator can be set at 105 degrees and left overnight, as can the sous vide circulator.

    SCD GAPS Diet Yogurt with Blueberries and Honey

    I used organic grass-fed whole milk and plain yogurt containing the cultures Lactobacillus bulgaricus, L. acidophilus and S. thermophilus (The SCD says to avoid yogurts with bifidus). You can also use a yogurt starter containing the recommended cultures.

    This yogurt can be served with fruit and honey for breakfast, or added to smoothies and dips. It would also make a wonderful base for ice cream.

    Note: The GAPS Diet and SCD are not the same diet; there are some differences, but this yogurt works for both diets.

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    Homemade Scd Gaps Diet Mayonnaise Recipe

    SCD GAPS Diet Mayonnaise - so easy to make and so much better than store-bought

    Homemade SCD GAPS Diet Mayonnaise is so easy to make and so much better than store-bought.

    Have you ever read the ingredient label on a jar of mayonnaise? Here’s the ingredient label for a popular mayonnaise brand (their olive oil version):

    SCD GAPS Diet Mayonnaise - so easy to make and so much better than store-bought

    WATER, SOYBEAN OIL, OLIVE OIL, WHOLE EGGS AND EGG YOLKS, MODIFIED POTATO STARCH, VINEGAR, SALT, SUGAR, LEMON JUICE, SORBIC ACID AND CALCIUM DISODIUM EDTA (USED TO PROTECT QUALITY), NATURAL FLAVOR, PAPRIKA OLEORESIN

    As you can see, there’s actually more soybean oil than olive oil in the product, and there are other ingredients that aren’t used in homemade mayonnaise like modified potato starch, sorbic acid, calcium disodium EDTA, and natural flavor (the term “natural flavor” could contain as many as 50-100 ingredients and is often highly processed).

    Making your own mayonnaise is really easy and just requires 4 ingredients – egg, vinegar or lemon juice, mustard powder and honey. I’m assuming you have salt and pepper on hand, so that doesn’t count.I’ve been making homemade mayonnaise for lunchtime sandwiches this summer using organic eggs, unfiltered apple cider vinegar, raw honey and mustard powder. It’s a lot cheaper than buying organic mayonnaise and takes just five minutes to make in the food processor.

    Give it a try and let me know what you think.

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    12 Healthy Barbecue Salads and Sides

    12 healthy barbecue salads and sides! See them all at cookieandkate.com

    Oh happy weekend! I’m a bridesmaid for the most lovely and laid-back bride this weekend (you’re the best, Tessa!). The past couple of days have been full of laughs and good food, too.

    12 healthy barbecue salads and sides recipes! See them all at cookieandkate.com

    It’s hot down here in Oklahoma, so I thought I’d share a collection of my best barbecue salads , side dishes and snacks today. They’re all meatless, of course, and many are vegan and/or gluten free as well (see labels below recipe titles). Here we go!

    No. 1: Chopped Kale Salad with Edamame, Carrot and Avocado
    Gluten free and vegan

    “Delicious recipe! A weekly staple at my house. I add 1/2 Tbs of Sesame Oil for a little extra flavor in the dressing.” – Peter

    No. 2: Caprese Pasta Salad
    Gluten free if you use gluten-free pasta and vegetarian

    “What a great pasta! So easy to and quick to make. Great for a family dinner on a busy night.” – Shannon

    No. 3: Green Goddess Hummus
    Gluten free and vegan

    “I’ve made this twice in a matter of days. So addictively delicious and far better than my favorite recipe I’ve used for several years. And I can’t believe I haven’t come across the blending of tahini/lemon juice before now. Ultra happy you shared that with us as well as this recipe. Thanks!” – Maria

    No. 4: Cowboy Caviar
    Gluten free and vegan

    “I just made this for a friend’s housewarming party last night and it was a HUGE hit! I couldn’t find black beans, so used all black-eyed peas for this round, and added an extra red pepper just because. Will definitely be making again!” – Becky

    No. 5: Fresh Mango Salsa
    Gluten free and vegan

    “I made this mango salsa for a Royals tailgate a couple of weeks ago and it was gobbled up in minutes! This was so good, simple and fresh! Thanks for another amazing recipe!” – Stephanie

    No. 6: Greek Broccoli Salad
    Gluten free and vegetarian

    “Can’t say I’ve ever had cravings for broccoli before, but this salad did it! Tried it this weekend, but it disappeared so quickly, I’ve allready had to make a second batch. Have eaten it both as a stand alone salad, and as a side dish paired with rice and stew. Loved it!” – Emma

    No. 7: Mediterranean Pasta Salad with Raw Squash and Feta
    Vegetarian and easily vegan

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    Glutenfree Tomato Pie Recipe

    SCD Tomato Pie - a delicious savory dish made with fresh tomatoes, an almond flour crust and homemade mayonnaise

    This Gluten-Free Tomato Pie is scented with rosemary and basil. It’s perfect for lunch or as a side dish.

    SCD Tomato Pie - a delicious savory dish made with fresh tomatoes, an almond flour crust and homemade mayonnaise

    Have you ever tried tomato pie? I know the thought of a savory pie might throw some of you. It certainly did confuse one of my kids when I told him I was serving him tomato pie. He was expecting something sweet. So, if you’re prone to thinking of pie as only being sweet, then call this tomato quiche (although it really isn’t) or tomato tart just to get your head around a savory tomato pie.

    SCD Tomato Pie - a delicious savory dish made with fresh tomatoes, an almond flour crust and homemade mayonnaise

    I had tomato pie many years ago when my kids were in pre-school. The fact that I still remember how delicious it was is a real testament to just how good this simple tomato pie was. I remember asking how it was made and was surprised to learn that mayonnaise and Parmesan cheese were the key components.

    SCD Tomato Pie - a delicious savory dish made with fresh tomatoes, an almond flour crust and homemade mayonnaise

    Recently, I decided to make tomato pie for the first time, but make it healthier. My version of tomato pie is made with SCD and GAPS Diet approved foods, including almond flour and homemademayonnaise (see this SCD GAPS Diet mayonnaise recipe ). I added some fresh chopped rosemary to the crust to give it a nice scent.

    SCD GAPS Diet Tomato Pie - a delicious savory dish made with fresh tomatoes, an almond flour crust and homemade mayonnaise

    If you’ve been following my posts recently, you’ll notice I’ve been experimenting a bit with recipes that comply with the SCD and GAPS Diet. This version of tomato pie is made with SCD and GAPS Diet approved foods, but even if youaren’ton either of these diets, you’ll enjoy this tomato pie.

    SCD GAPS Diet Tomato Pie - a delicious savory dish made with fresh tomatoes, an almond flour crust and homemade mayonnaise

    I used a combination of heirloom tomatoes and vine ripened tomatoes. It’s important to try to drain out as much of the tomato juice as possible; otherwise, you’ll have a mushy tomato pie. These tomatoes were lightly salted, then placed on a paper towel lined baking sheet. I flipped them over after 15 minutes and let the other side drain as well.

    SCD GAPS Diet Tomato Pie - a delicious savory dish made with fresh tomatoes, an almond flour crust and homemade mayonnaise

    The almond flour based crust is prebaked, then the tomatoes are layered on top of the crust, along with sliced onions and fresh basil, and then seasoned with garlic powderand pepper.

    SCD Tomato Pie - a delicious savory dish made with fresh tomatoes, an almond flour crust and homemade mayonnaise

    Next, a mixture of homemade mayonnaise and Parmesan cheese is spread on top. To make it easier, I dropped dollops of the topping all over the pie and then spread it carefully with a spatula.

    SCD Tomato Pie - a delicious savory dish made with fresh tomatoes, an almond flour crust and homemade mayonnaise

    What emerges from the oven after baking is a gorgeous pie that smells amazing.

    My boys loved it, and recommended that it be served warm. (The crust will turn soggy if left too long.)

    I made this savory Tomato Pie for this month’s Recipe Redux challenge, which was to make a savory or sweet pie healthier: “Tucked in a crust, nothing says love from the oven like pie. Whether it’s a twist on the all-American apple pie or a traditional recipe from your home country, give a healthy makeover to your favorite savory or sweet pie recipe.”

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