Kale + Enoki Mushroom Salad

Today is so beautiful and I am so happy! I don't have anything exciting to report on really, but I just feel good and I think it is worth mentioning :):)

The sky is so bright and blue and it is freakin' warm out! Donut has been a crazy kitten all morning which can sometimes be frustrating if I am trying to do work or *ahem* do a photo shoot, but he is just too sweet to be mad at for any extended period of time.

I had such a lovely morning today. I think I have been overworking myself a little bit and yesterday I was really beginning to feel those effects on my body. I live about 5km from my university and I walk to school everyday*. That walk to school is one of my favourite parts of the day (or I guess 2 parts of the day since I do it there and back). I just stroll along and listen to a podcast or to the radio live stream (if I happen to have extra data for the month) and breathe in the fresh, crisp air. I recently discovered a new podcast and am completely loving it. It is called "Call Your Girlfriend" and is basically long-distance best friends talking over skype about their lives, feminism, the media, and pop culture. It is totally awesome, everyone should check it out! Anyways, I got a bit sidetracked there but I was meaning to say that even though walking to school everyday is something I love doing, it also means I have to get up an hour earlier than I usually would. That, along with too many extra-curricular projects, teams, etc. have been taking their toll. I decided today was going to be my day off to sleep in, drink coffee at home, catch up on work, and relax. It has been completely lovely.

So, on that note, I think (if you can possibly do it) everyone should give themselves some time off. Even just an hour to not look at work things and to enjoy a peaceful moment and a warm drink <3 

*Oh yes, I wanted to mention that I was biking to school for a while, but then I got hit by a car while I was biking and my bike needs to be fixed. I am totally fine (luckily), but I wanted to remind all those awesome bikers out there to be safe and wear your helmets! It is a scary car filled world out there folks. 

I am very excited about this salad for a few reasons. 

  1. it is very yummy + healthy for your body
  2. it is pretty!
  3. I get to show off my new background! (okay not really about the salad I guess...)

I've started washing and ripping all the kale I buy and putting it into a ziplock baggie in my fridge. It makes the whole process of a quick kale snack so much less daunting! I highly recommend doing this. It saves time in the long run.

Also, I bought this beautiful new background! I am so excited about this because... WAIT FOR IT... it only cost me $4!!!!!! I've been looking for a long time for a nice white marbley photography background. Let me tell you, they can be mighty pricey and I just was not willing to spend that type of money. Then, just this morning, I walked over to Home Depot and they had this for so little money. If you are like me and looking for a cheaper option, definitely head on over there because it is a crazy good find. 

Okay, sorry for all the text, I don't usually write this much! The inspiration for this salad was mostly from the kale, but then I spotted these enoki mushrooms in the grocery store and it all sort of came together. It takes no time to make and is completely delicious. It is fresh, flavourful, and vibrantly fall. Try it please! 

Kale + Enoki Mushroom Salad

Serves 2 - this recipe is very versatile, if you are making it for more people simply increase the amounts of kale and mushrooms you are using to suit your needs

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Ingredients

  • 4 cups packed kale, washed and ripped (this is apprx. 1 bunch of kale)
  • juice of 1 lemon
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1/2 - 1 tbsp nutritional yeast
  • pepper to taste 
  • apprx. 150g enoki mushrooms
  • 1/2 tbsp sesame oil
  • splash of balsamic vinegar + salt and pepper to taste
  • 1/2 an apple, sliced
  • a handful of pomegranate seeds

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Notes

  1. In a large bowl mix together to kale, lemon juice, salt, olive oil, nutritional yeast, and pepper. Massage the kale between your fingers until the seasoning is distributed and the kale leaves are softened. Set aside. 
  2. Heat the sesame oil in a skillet over medium-high heat. Once hot, add the mushrooms and keep moving them around the pan while they cook. Once they look softened, add a splash of balsamic vinegar to the pan. It should sizzle nicely. Add in desired amounts of salt and pepper and keep frying. After about 2 minutes if they looks soft and almost noodle-like, take them off the heat. 
  3. To plate, distribute the kale between your bowls, top with apple slices, mushrooms, and pomegranate seeds. Serve immediately and enjoy!