How to Massage Kale for Making Amazing Salads

Southwestern Kale Salad

If you’re at all on top of food trends, you know what a big deal kale has become over the last few years. And for good reason — it’s one of the most nutrient-dense foods on the planet. If you’re already a kale fan, step it up a notch by learning how to make delicious raw kale salads—sometimes referred to as massaged kale salads. By massaging this hardy green, you’ll see it soften, become brighter green, and feel it become more tender right in your (lightly oiled) hands. Most important, it will have a more pleasant mouth feel and flavor, making it a fantastic ingredient for a wide variety of salads, like our Southwestern Kale Salad, shown at top. more→

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Weekly Plant-Based Dinner Plan, June 27 – July 1, 2016

sesame stir-fried green beans with tofu

Summer produce season is in full swing, so let’s take full advantage of it in this week’s plant-based menus. Case in point — good, fresh green beans are still one of the veggies that have a short season (at other times, they can be tough and stringy). Grab some while you can (preferably organic) to make Easy Sesame Green Beans with Tofu. This simple stir-fry features them along with baked tofu. Serve with store-bought vegetable sushi and a platter of tomatoes and another raw vegetable or two (cucumbers, peppers, etc.) more→

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5 Unexpected Ways to Use Watermelon

Watermelon "Pizza"

We’re hitting watermelon season, so now is the prime time to use plenty of this super-hydrating, vitamin-C filled summer fruit. Seedless watermelon has become more and more common, sparing you from the tedium of removing all those pesky pits. Of course, we all love watermelon chilled from the fridge and cut into wedges, but here are 5 ways to serve it that you might not think of. more→

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Crispy Polenta Fries

Polenta Fries recipe

Making these addictive fries using polenta (cooked cornmeal) is super easy. You need to plan ahead to allow the cooked polenta to completely solidify in the fridge — a few hours or overnight. Use as an appetizer or side dish. Polenta is completely gluten-free, and though it’s a traditional Italian food, it goes with any kind of meal. Thanks to Colavita for the quick-cooking, super-smooth Instant Polenta used in this recipe, as well as the fruity olive oil and hot pepper spread we used to embellish the fries. Photos by Evan Atlas. more→

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