My Favorite Kale Salad

Happy Thursday!!

I told y’all things were turning green around here ๐Ÿ˜‰ Isn’t that kale green beautiful? I typically cook those leaves down after cooking a big batch of bacon. BUT when it starts getting a tiny bit warm, I like serving them massaged and tossed with some lemon. It is so easy!

Easy Kale Salad

What you need:

  • 1 big bunch of kale
  • 2 lemons or use concentrate (measure out the equivalent!)
  • ~3 to 4 tablespoons of high quality olive oil
  • Salt/Pepper

What you do:

  1. Strip the kale from the stem. You can save the stems for your next batch of broth or feed to your animals ๐Ÿ™‚
  2. Wash the kale really well! Dirt will hide all in those curls.
  3. Either chop the leaves up with a knife OR tear the leaves into bite-size pieces. Toss in a large bowl.
  4. Add your lemon, olive oil, and salt/pepper. Now MASSAGE it into the kale. That is right… massage it in.

Serve it with your eggs in the morning… with grilled chicken and roasted potatoes for lunch (apple on the side is a nice touch)… or solo as a side salad. Or however you want! It is really tasty. I have been making a big bowl at the beginning of the week and just using it throughout the week. A nice way to get some greens in. The lemon just makes it all better… it actually helps it start to break down, making it easier to digest.

Do you do kale? What is your favorite way?

Last Menu of February

I am seeing signs of spring all around the farm and LOVING it!! And we even found a SIX leaf clover among the clover fields (AKA, our yard!). Tripp and I make it a point to search for a four leaf clover everyday (we are on a roll finding them!). The baby calves are getting more playful and curious (hey, the twins are doing great!!), green clover EVERYWHERE (and green tractors ha!), and blue skies (and sometimes dark rain clouds). Tripp and I have basically lived outside this week, well between the showers (then we played in the mud ha), and I think we both are getting a little… SPRING FEVER!!

Spring fever… I laugh every time. Why?? Because in 1st grade, I thought it was really something to “catch” and told my mom I was coming down with it. I LOVED school so I was so upset to have to miss due to this fever. I mean can you blame a first grader for thinking that?! Funny times.ย 

This was a BIG weekend for us… the cabin turned chicken coop is in the garden area and got some occupants. We got 3 hens and 1 rooster from The Healthy Homestead Mama‘s coop. SO EXCITED!! If you follow me on Instagram (if not, please do!), then you got a peakย inside the coop. Tripp LOVES RooRoo and continues to build chicken coops out of EVERYTHING. Cucumbers… scrap wood… and his Lincoln Logs (LOVE these!).

Here we are though at another week… let’s see what we can cook up ๐Ÿ™‚

February’s Menu #4

  • Steak, sweet potatoes with ghee, romaine salad with cucumbers and paleo ranch dressing
  • Sausage, organic white rice, lemony-kale salad, and avocado
  • Fed and Fit’s Chinese Chinese Chopped Chicken Salad
  • Shredded beef, cauliflower rice, salsa, cheese, and avocado
  • Shredded beef, roasted broccoli, asparagus, and lemony-kale salad

Lunch… I will grab a pack of organic turkey meat, raw cheddar cheese and/or hummus, and some wild caught canned tuna (just mixed with paleo mayo is tasty!) to have on hand for lunch (perfect paired with a big ol’ green salad). Throw in some Jackson’s Honest chips or gluten free seed-based crackers… and cucumbers and we are ready to eat in a flash. Leftovers from supper will always be on standby ๐Ÿ™‚

Breakfast… mostly eggs, paleo bread, and bacon. An orange or banana usually while we cook. I am teaching Tripp how to crack eggs… it is SO cute! He concentrates so well and thinks he is SO big getting to crack the eggs. Love these special times in the kitchen with him. Whole milk yogurt or almond-based yogurt with frozen fruit for a fast breakfast will be on hand too.

Anything special cookin’ this week for you?? Anything new? I am super excited to try the chopped chicken salad up there! I hope you all have a great week… here’s to a little spring fever for us all ๐Ÿ˜‰