RECIPE: Kale, Celery and Quinoa Salad

I know this is my 3rd variation of a Kale and Quinoa salad, but this is probably my favorite.  Quinoa packs serious nutritionally-rich, protein punch and Kale, well it’s about the healthiest thing you can put in your body! (and has the highest ANDI score)

Kale and celery are both alkalinizing (which means that prevent things like cancer and premature aging!)  The sunflower seeds add additional protein, major fiber, calcium, magnesium, the list goes on!

I dared to take this healthy dish as an appetizer to a party where I knew only the host, and I’ll tell ya’ it was a hit!  The gals there were eager to score the recipe, so, Ladies of Lapaloma Lane, this one’s for you!

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In a small pot add 1 cup of quinoa (or bulgur, barley or faro) and 2 cups water, bring to a boil, then simmer until water is gone.

While quinoa is cooking, In a large salad bowl add:

1 bunch or bag organic kale, washed and de-stemmed
3 organic celery sticks chopped
1/4-1/2 cup sunflower seeds
8 oz Annie’s Goddess salad dressing (or Annie’s Woodstock or your favorite salad dressing; or 1 tub of hummus, 2 Tbsp of olive oil and 1 Tbsp apple cider vinegar as your dressing)
1 Tbsp Siracha (or any ole hot sauce–for you hot sauce haters out there, you won’t even notice it, I promise; Plus, hot sauce revs the metabolism and fights infection!)

Add cooked quinoa to salad bowl and cover with a towel. The warm grain helps steam the coarse kale.

Salt and pepper to taste and mix thoroughly.

Serve Warm or cold. And prepare for a fan club or recipe requests!

Keeps in fridge all week.

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Madeleine Vanstory attended Duke University and began her post-graduate journey at The Elaine Clark Center working with special needs children. She went on to work as a Clinical Research Scientist running clinical trials for the CDC and developing medical devices for Welsh Allen, Abbot Labs, Roche and Johnson & Jonhson Her work included non-invansive cervical cancer detection, continuous diabetic glucose monitoring, non-harmful infant bilirubin level detection and studying Vitamin C's anti-aging effects on the skin. Madeleine attended Medical school at The Brody School of Medicine at East Carolina University and completed a residency in Family Medicine at Moses Cone Hospital in Greensboro NC. Dr. Madeleine Vanstory is a board certified Family Physician who has practiced all over the world. She has lead medical missions in Kenya and Honduras. She has participated with Operation Smile in Russia, she has patients in North Carolina, Maine, Oregon and New Zealand. Dr. Vanstory has worked the medical tents in the Marine Corps marathon in Washington DC and at the Kona Ironman World Championships. And Dr. Vanstory has marched with the Surgeon General promoting "Exercise is Medicine" at the World Congress Sports Medicine Conference. Disillusioned by the current health care system and armed with the realization that culture, nutrition and emotional well-being have a profound impact on health, Dr. Vanstory now motivates clients and patients to discover the healthiest versions of themselves through humor, counseling in her "Upgrade Your Health" Wellness Program.

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