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mother nature FTW + kale-parmesan salad

(Enter yesterday’s protein powder giveaway here!)

I was thiiiiiiis close to sleeping in today. When I finally woke up and saw it was 17 degrees outside, I was thiiiiiiiis close to surrendering to the treadmill. Then I remembered that fresh air, no matter how cold, always boosts my spirits. So out I went!DSC04321My DC/VA friends might recognize this monster hill.DSC04324I ran up and down it five times. Each lap was a beast! My fastest finish was 2:23, my slowest 2:27.

Happy to see that some kind soul shoveled part of the Custis trail.DSC04325Even though I had to tackle deathly inclines in freezing weather, I came back happier and energized. Mother nature FTW!

I usually save my weekly salads for Friday, but this week I couldn’t wait any longer…kale_parmesan_cranberry_chicken_salad_DSC0003The lineup: kale/baby greens mix, dried cranberries, parmesan, pine nuts, and chicken. Inspired by this recipe!kale_parmesan_cranberry_chicken_salad_DSC0007The key to this salad is to dress it at least 30 minutes before you eat it — giving the kale plenty of time to soak up the dressing and lose some of its powerful herby flavor. A white-balsamic dressing and dried cranberries give it a sweeter edge, too!kale_parmesan_cranberry_chicken_salad_DSC0017A bit different than my usual salads, but still pretty good! There isn’t much to this creation, but I’ll make a “recipe” anyways:

Parmesan-Kale-Craisin Salad (serves 1), inspired by epicurious

  • Handful baby kale/spring mix
  • 1 tablespoon dried cranberries (I’m partial to Ocean Spray Craisins)
  • 1 tablespoon toasted pine nuts (toast them! it’s worth it)
  • 3 tablespoons grated parmesan (or more if you love cheese)
  • 1/4 cup roasted chicken

Dressing: 2 tablespoons white balsamic vinegar, 1/2 tablespoon olive oil, splash of rice vinegar, splash of honey, salt + pepper.

Directions: Toss kale/spring mix with dressing, and let sit for 30 minutes or longer. Add the remaining ingredients and enjoy!

I’m off to do a million things now — catch you later :)

  • Raw kale: can you handle it?
  • Does being outside make you happy? (If your answer is no, I am sad for you)
  • How often do you oversleep?

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5 thoughts on “mother nature FTW + kale-parmesan salad

  1. That salad looks great! Lately I dress my kale and then cook up the meat so it has time to hang out a bit. I am completely happy eating it raw though, I like to mix it up! And duhhh being outside is the best. I actually didn’t turn my alarm on for the morning, woops. But that rarely happens! Luckily now one noticed I was late to work because I was still in at 7:30 and no one else gets in in after 8am. WIN.

  2. You are such a rockstar for keeping up your outdoor miles in this terrible weather all month! I’m so impressed. I’ve seriously been slacking due to the cold pretty much all January long. I can enjoy the 30s, even the 20s with no wind – but the teens and below are totally reason to sleep in for me. I heard we’ll reach the 40s this weekend – can’t wait!

  3. I like to massage the kale with the dressing: it breaks down more quickly and the leaves get nice and tender.

    And YAY! for the Custis trail being shoveled–I was on there for my run last weekend and parts were definitely an ice rink. Hopefully it will be clear by this weekend.