For a short while between Medical School and my current job, I worked at Whole Foods Market. There are perks that come with working at WFM and if I had to pick my favorites, it would be the 20% discount and access to the amazing hot/cold foods bar. The food bar at Whole Foods is one of those magical places where you can get sucked into spending $385 without evening noticing. It’s dangerously full of delicious foods and everything is by weight. So if you’re an “eat with your eyes” kind of girl be prepared to spend your entire grocery budget for the month on one meal. Towards the end of my time at WFM I finally learned how to make the perfect plate for under $5.
My favorite item on the cold bar is, and always will be, Garlicky Kale. I’m a kale lover as it is, but this stuff is SO good! A tahnini and garlic dressing on wilted kale? Yes, please!
Instead of crafting the perfect $5 plate at the food bar, I’ve started making my favorite dish at home. So put your wallet away and get the kale ready, this recipe is so easy you’re going to wonder why you’ve been spending hundreds of dollars on prepared kale. (I’m not the only one who eats that much kale, right?)
- 1 bunch of Curly Kale
- 2 tablespoons of Tahini
- 2 tablespoons of fresh squeezed Lemon Juice (totally worth the trouble, it tastes so much better)
- 2+ tablespoons of Minced Garlic (add more based on your preference)
- 2 tablespoons Liquid Aminos or Tamari or Soy Sauce
- 2 tablespoons red wine vinegar
- 2+ tablespoons of filtered water
- Olive oil (optional)
- Wash your kale and remove the stems, next massage your kale. You can use a bit of olive oil to massage it if you’d like, I used water. When you see a visible change in the color and texture of the leaves, they are thoroughly massaged and ready to eat. Massaging takes away the bitterness of the kale by breaking down the cellulose in the leaves. Next, tear the kale into bit size pieces and set aside in a bowl.
- In your blender, mix the tahini, lemon juice, garlic, liquid aminos, vinegar and water. Blend until the consistency is that of a dressing. Add water by the tablespoon if you need to alter the consistency.
- Cover your kale with the dressing, thoroughly coating each piece. Refrigerate for two hours and then enjoy!
I’m having Garlicky Kale for lunch and dinner and breakfast until it runs out. What are you eating today?