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Almond Lime Kale Salad

During the past several years, kale has become a favorite “superfood” vegetable around the world. Despite its meteoric rise to prominence, kale has always been a favorite food of farmers because it grows fast, resists frost, and requires very little fertilizer.1 Kale is a winter vegetable, so now is a great time to start including it in your meals.

Nutritionally speaking, kale is a rock star, boasting high amounts of beta-carotene, vitamin C, and vitamin K. It’s also a rich source of phytonutrients, including the flavonoid kaempferol. Epidemiological studies associate kaempferol consumption with reduced rates of several degenerative diseases and numerous preclinical studies have shown kaempferol to have a wide range of pharmacological activities, including antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial, anticancer, cardioprotective, and neuroprotective.2

In this recipe, we’re pairing kale with almonds. Like all seeds, almonds contain phytic acid, a chelating “” with a propensity for binding with calcium, magnesium, iron, and zinc, thereby inhibiting the absorption of these critical minerals.3 You can reduce the phytic acid by soaking the almonds in water for at least eight hours or, preferably, 24. From a culinary perspective, this also improves the taste and texture of the almonds.

Helpful hint: Soak one or two cups of almonds, then discard the soaking water, pat-dry the almonds with a kitchen towel, and store them in your refrigerator for 5 – 7 days. Not only will you always have some handy for a recipe, but also for a quick, nutritious snack.

INGREDIENTS

Serves 1

  • 3 – 4 kale leaves
  • 1 tbsp coconut oil
  • 1 clove garlic, pressed
  • ½-inch piece of ginger, finely chopped
  • ½ cup almonds, soaked at least 8 hours
  • ½ lime, juiced
  • 2 tbsp olive oil

DIRECTIONS

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Remove and discard the stems from the kale leaves. Chop leaves into bite-sized pieces.
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Christopher James Clark, B.B.A.


Christopher James Clark | The Paleo Diet TeamChristopher James Clark, B.B.A. is an award-winning writer, consultant, and chef with specialized knowledge in nutritional science and healing cuisine. He has a Business Administration degree from the University of Michigan and formerly worked as a revenue management analyst for a Fortune 100 company. For the past decade-plus, he has been designing menus, recipes, and food concepts for restaurants and spas, coaching private clients, teaching cooking workshops worldwide, and managing the kitchen for a renowned Greek yoga resort. Clark is the author of the critically acclaimed, award-winning book, .

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references

1. Straight, K. (July 20, 2014). Rub of the Greens. ABC News. Retrieved from //www.abc.net.au/landline/content/2014/s4049600.htm

2. Calderón-Montaño, JM, et al. (April 2011). A review on the dietary flavonoid kaempferol. Mini Reviews in Medical Chemistry, 11(4). Retrieved from //www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/21428901

3. Torre, M, et al. (1991). Effects of dietary fiber and phytic acid on mineral availability. Critical Reviews in Food Science and Nutrition, 30(1). Retrieved from //www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/1657026

Calamari Salad | The Paleo Diet

We came across a delicious summer recipe on the back of a package of cooked, sliced calamari. With just a few modifications, we were able to substitute the necessary ingredients to make it pure Paleo. Calamari Salad is the perfect fresh dish to share on a warm evening with friends!

Ingredients

Serves 4

  • 1 lb wild-caught sliced squid tentacles, precooked
  • ½ cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 tsp. white vinegar
  • ¼ teaspoon white pepper
  • 1 sliced red or yellow pepper
  • 4 cups mixed green lettuce
  • 1 bunch cilantro leaves
  • 10 low sodium olives of your choice, rinsed and sliced
  • 1 fresh avocado
  • 1 red onion, sliced
  • 2 large tomatoes

Directions

1. Combine calamari with olive oil, one teaspoon white vinegar and sliced pepper and set aside in serving bowl.

2. Toss together mixed greens and cilantro and spread evenly on large serving platter.

3. Add remaining ingredients to lettuce mixture.

4. When ready to eat, scoop squid mixture onto greens and toss together.

All the Best,

Lorrie Cordain, M.Ed., Co-Author of The Paleo Diet Cookbook

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