Thursday, January 31, 2013

In The Kitchen: Kale, Avocado & Chickpea Salad

Sorry for the blurry iPhone pic
I've been trying to eat healthier in the new year, and kale is one of my favorite quick weeknight sides. This Kale Salad is hearty enough to be an entree that's perfect for when the hubs is out of town. 
Kale, Avocado, & Chickpea Salad
1 bunch kale
1 can chickpeas/garbanzo beans (depending on your region)
1/2 avocado
1 lemon
olive oil
red pepper flakes
lemon pepper (optional)
salt & pepper

Remove the kale from ribs, tear into pieces, and saute in a pan with olive oil, pinch of salt & pepper and red pepper flakes. Saute until the kale turns bright green. Drizzle with honey and toss until coated. Remove kale from heat and put in a large bowl. 
Dice the avocado and top with lemon pepper (my favorite spice). Drain the chickpeas. Toss avocado and chickpeas in the bowl. Squeeze juice of 1 lemon on top and toss together. Let sit for an hour if you can wait. Viola!

Sauteed kale with red pepper flakes
Avocado with lemon pepper

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