Did You Know?

Did you know??
Although using avocados and bananas are all the buzz now to get soft and shiny hair, all it will get you is a messy kitchen and bathroom. These products are great to help your hair for one day, but the proteins in them are way too big for your hair to absorb. And unless you are going to use them each day (yikes!), then you should head to a beauty supply store and check out some Vegan products that use "hydrolyzed" proteins - proteins from avocados and bananas that actually are small enough to help your hair.

Saturday, June 23, 2012

Quinoa Kale Soup


Quinoa is the most complete protein that exists in nature (sans flesh), which means that it should be included in every vegan and vegetarian diet.  When compiled with kale, you've pretty much created a perfect dietary meal already.  So quinoa kale soup seemed like a natural recipe when I realized how bad of an idea it was to let Ashley grab the vegetables.

Let me backtrack a bit.  We were grocery shopping earlier this week at the asian supermarket down the road from our apartment, and because we were in a rush because of prior engagements, I left Ashley to grab some produce.  Here's the thing about Ashley and produce; when it's in front of her to eat in the future-- she wants it.  Like, all of it.  So we ended up with around 3 pounds of kale.  I mean, it was a great deal, I think only $1.50 or something, but, well... that's a lot of kale.

Fortunately, the fruits which she had grabbed we will make it through, and we already had some other staples, so there wasn't a whole lot she had to grab.  And on the bright side, without that incident, this delicious soup wouldn't exist!

1 tbsp olive oil
3 cups vegetable broth
1/2 cup quinoa
1/2 tsp cayenne pepper
dash of cumin
dash of turmeric
1/2 tsp celery seed
2 cloves of garlic, finely minced
1 small white onion, finely chopped
1 small carrot, diced
1 small stalk of celery, finely chopped
1 cup corn

1 cup kale, chopped
2 tbsp chopped parsley
2 tbsp lime juice
1 tsp of sea salt

In a large sauce pan, add olive oil, garlic, spices, and vegetables, saving the kale for last.

Cook for seven to ten minutes, stirring occasionally, until kale has wilted to roughly half the size it was fresh.

Add vegetable broth and bring to boil.

Add quinoa and cook for 20-25 minutes.  Add lime juice and sea salt before serving.

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