Vegan Kale and Sweet Potato Salad


Vegan Kale and Sweet Potato Salad

This is my new favorite way to eat kale.  I have always cooked it, but it is so much better raw.   I thought the kale would be more bitter, but it really has a great flavor when its raw.  My son just wants it raw now too (unless I am making kale chips).  He ate 3 huge servings of this salad.  It is so colorful and it is packed full of nutrients and the quinoa gives the salad a little more protein.

I have been trying to eat more raw foods lately in an attempt to detox after the holidays.  Some things, like kale, are great raw.  Other things, like sweet potatoes, not so much.  I have also greatly reduced my coffee consumption, which was really scary for a family for a few days, and given up refined sugar.   I am feeling much better already, so hopefully I can stay on track this time.



Honey Mustard Tempeh

Honey Mustard Tempeh

It has been a while  since I have posted, but it has been a little crazy the last few months.  I have been trying to adjust to working and having the kids in school.  How I miss the homeschooling days!  An upcoming post will be on packing school lunches, which has turned out to be a challenge.

I have also been trying to work with an even tighter grocery budget.  The job that my husband was offered fell through, so now we have more bills and less money.  I have faith that it will all work out, but the waiting is hard.  I know that God will provide and that a better opportunity will come about.

Honey Mustard tempeh is a quick and cheap dinner that turned out to be delicious.  Tempeh is a great source of protein and it is so yummy.  The key is to boil the tempeh before cooking with it.  I boil mine in a marinade instead of just plain water (recipe follows).  It gives the tempeh a great flavor and then you can use it for anything, even just for sandwiches.


Blackberry Jam

vegan blackberry jam


Another berry recipe!  We have so many berries it is unbelievable, so I have been trying to use them in everything.  Saturday morning we even had blackberry pancakes.  Today I decided to make some jam with some of the blackberries.  The kids were really excited for it.  We usually don’t use jam or jelly just because it has so much sugar in it, but I couldn’t resist since we have such sweet fresh berries.   I don’t have a canner, so I only made enough for one jar.  You can use this same method to make jam with any berries that you like.  It will last in the fridge for about a week, but I don’t think our jam will make it that long.  I can’t wait for toast in the morning!



Please let me know what some of you favorite berry recipes are!