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Friday, January 30, 2015

Kale Salad with Brussels Sprouts and Cranberries

I didn't grow up eating Kale, but this leafy green is enjoying a moment in the sun. Kale is the current darling of the salad world and with good reason. It is full of great nutrients and it is a great base for amazing salads. Kale marries well with so many other vegetables and this salad is a nice mix of sweet, sour and crunchy with Kale, Brussels sprouts, cranberries and toasted pepitas and a lemony poppy-seed dressing. Perfect for fresh and healthy eating and a great main dish if you add chicken or fish and it is the perfect side.

Start with Fresh Kale (any type of Kale works beautifully)

Brussels Sprouts

Cranberries for a nice touch of sweet and tart

The final touch is toasted Pepitas

1 pound Brussels Sprouts
1 large bunch of Kale chopped finely with stems removed
1/2 cup dried cranberries
1/2 cup toasted pepitas (pumpkin seeds) 
Lemon Poppy Seed Dressing Ingredients
1/4 cup sugar
1/2 cup lemon juice 
2 teaspoons diced onion
2 teaspoons Dijon mustard
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil
1 tablespoon poppy seeds

For the salad: wash the Brussels Sprouts and Kale. Use a cheese grater to get fine shreds of brussels sprouts or cut in thin ribbons. For the kale, roll it and cut into fine thin shreds. Combine the kale and sprouts in a a large bowl.

For the dressing: Put all ingredients into the blender except the oil and poppyseeds. Process until blended and then slowly add oil in a slow stream until it is emulsified. Add the poppy seeds and blend for a few seconds until well combined.

Add the dressing to the kale and massage into kale for a few minutes. Add cranberries and toss until well combined. Refrigerate salad for an hour to allow flavors to soak in. While salad is chilling, preheat oven to 350. Spread pepitas on a baking sheet and cook for 7-10 minutes. Once salad has chilled and pepitas have cooled off, add pepitas to salad, toss and serve. Makes 6 servings

Bon Appetit!

Monday, January 26, 2015

Gray Day

Hi loves! Wow! Has it really been two weeks since my last post? Life is hectic these days. Enjoying what is starting off to be an amazing year. I have been reforming some of my foodie ways and making a lot of healthier versions of things I love, as well as eating lots and lots of healthy, but delicious salads. I can't wait to share my new recipes with you:-)

Today I am wearing liquid leggings and a simple gray wrap. California weather doesn't warrant big coats, so a wrap is a great alternative when there is a bit of chill in the air.

Liquid leggings: Macy's, Wrap: Macy's (old) Clutch: Ebay, Boots: Specialty Boutique
 Photography: Stacey Gutierrezz

I think its just about time to put away the winter stuff

Do you like wraps?

I have been really really happy these days. Does it show?

Laughter and smiles is so good for the soul

Have an amazing day!

Thursday, January 8, 2015

Black Butterfly

Hello loves! I hope your new year is off to a fabulous start! I have been so busy that I didn't have a chance to post these photos from December when I took my son out for Christmas brunch. It rarely gets cold enough in Los Angeles to wear winter attire, but when I get the chance, I love to wear gloves, boots and scarves.  Although I really love this time of year, I can already feel spring in the air and the recent wave of 80 degree weather is a hint that it might be time to start pulling out those sundresses I have packed away:-)
If you are wondering about the title of this post, "Black Butterfly" is an old song I have always loved by Deniece Williams.

I am a person that loves bold color, but black on black is always timeless and classic. Do you agree?

I am a woman that loves a little glamour. How about you? I feel like there is something so lady like and sophisticated about gloves.

Long sleeve t-shirt:: Macys, Black Dress: Old Navy, Fur Snood: Forever 21, Leopard Gloves: Steinmart, Beau Bag: Kate Spade, Boots: Enzo Angiolini, Photography: Stacey Gutierrez

The right accessories are always the perfect cherry on top to a great look

Another gratuitous shot of my boots, LOL
 Do you have any plans for the new year?  Anybody else have holiday hips? I get them every year:-)

Have an amazing week!
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