Warm Squash-Apple-Pear Kale Salad
- 4 packed cups kale, stemmed and chopped
- 1 tablespoon ghee (sub red palm oil or coconut oil)
- 1 garlic clove, minced
- 1/8 teaspoon salt
- dash of pepper
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 1 cup delicata squash, sliced thin
- 1/4 sweet onion, sliced thin
- 1/2 fuji apple, cut into matchsticks
- 1/2 asian pear, cut into matchsticks
- 1/4 teaspoon turmeric
- 1/8 teaspoon paprika
- salt & pepper, to taste
- 1 tablespoon pomegranate seeds
- 1 teaspoon hemp seeds optional
- 1 teaspoon balsamic vinegar
- Preheat oven to 350.
- Prep your kale, squash, onion, apple, and pear and set aside.
- Add your kale to a large bowl and drizzle 1 tablespoon of ghee over the kale. Sprinkle with 1/8 teaspoon salt and a dash of pepper. Use your hands to massage the kale until it is softened and evenly covered with ghee. (Your hands will be very messy.)
- Lay your kale onto a baking sheet and sprinkle minced garlic over the kale. Bake for 10 minutes.
- While the kale is baking, heat a pan over medium high heat with 2 tablespoons olive oil. Add in onion and squash. Sauté for 5 minutes, tossing often.
- After 5 minutes, add in apple and pear and season with turmeric, paprika, salt and pepper. Reduce heat to medium low and sauté for another 5 minutes.
- When your kale is done, top with squash-apple-pear sauté. Sprinkle with pomegranate seeds, hemp seeds, and balsamic vinegar.
- EAT UP.
I’ve been scrolling the internet for hours looking for a solution to my election anxiety. By now there are results, by now it is over. But in this moment, as I write this post, there are still votes to be cast. My anxiety is high. I’ve never even discussed my political opinions with my family, because I hate the conflict. And now it seems the whole country is conflicted – fighting – on edge. So I’d say my nerves are a little frayed.
So what do I do when my anxiety takes over? I turn to food. It’s my instinct to mute feelings with fullness. It never works, but I try it every time. Except today – today I am attempting to breathe through it all and take care of myself. So I made myself this warm squash-apple-pear kale salad and I sat down to eat it. I took some deep breaths along the way and I tried to enjoy every bite.*
*I ended up stress eating pizza in bed later. Sooooo… you win some, you lose some.
But anywhoo, I encourage you to do the same today. (Breathe and eat salad – not stress eat pizza.) No matter if you’re celebrating or in distress over the election results, take some time for yourself. Clear a space for your emotions – happy, sad, big, small – it doesn’t matter. Take some moments in your day to experience them fully – jump for joy, scream in anger, cry, whatever you need to do. Because we don’t get to side step our emotions. The only way out is through.
You still have you. We still have each other. And we still have the ability to love and laugh and support each other. This world is weird. It will make you feel alone. Whether by political opinion or race or culturally imposed standards or just life – it happens to all of us. But the truth is, we aren’t alone. At the end of the day we’re all in this together. Be nice to each other. Spread a little love. And eat some good food (it helps!) The world will not end with this election (I hope.) So let’s just remember our humanity and open our hearts a little more today.