Paleo Pesto Kale Salad – delicious kale salad with lots of veggies and a paleo (and vegan!) pesto. Prep ahead for lunches and top with an egg or roasted chicken for a complete meal!

Paleo Pesto Kale Salad - delicious kale salad with lots of veggies and a paleo (and vegan!) pesto. Prep ahead for lunches and top with an egg or roasted chicken for a complete meal!

Okay.

Yes, this is going to be a cookbook review for a vegan cookbook, The Edgy Veg.

And I know I’m not vegan but I love a vegan cookbook because a lot of the recipes (if you skip the processed ingredients) end up being paleo. Like this kale salad. Totally paleo, full of good stuff, and delicious as is if you are a vegan or, if you’re like me, perfect with a poached egg or a roasted chicken thigh on top.

So last Christmas break, my kids went to our hometown with their dad for, like, 3 weeks. And I didn’t know what to do with myself. So I ended up binge watching just about every video on The Edgy Veg’s youtube channel. Talked a friend into driving me to Whole Foods in Austin (I had no windows on my Jeep and it was very very very cold) and bought a ton of vegan ingredients and then we made, like, 7 recipes from their channel.

The Edgy Veg cookbook

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Ham and Lentil Soup is the perfect way to use leftover ham! Ham, lentils, and loaded with veggies. It’s quick, inexpensive, and delicious!

Ham and Lentil Soup - the perfect way to use leftover ham! Ham, lentils, and loaded with veggies. It's quick, inexpensive, and delicious!

Tomorrow is December 1.

What?

How?

Are we sure it’s really the last day of November?

Like, sure sure?

Anyway, I’m putting my Christmas tree up today because if I don’t do it now, tomorrow I’ll start the “Well, it’s too late now! Christmas is practically here!” thing and we just won’t have a Christmas tree this year.

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Sausage and Kale Naan Pizza - an easy and healthy way to do pizza night! Turkey sausage, kale, and mozzarella on top of delicious naan bread!

Monday! Woo!

No?

Ugh, I’m with you. I’m not ready for today. I meant to get so much done this weekend.

But what did I do?

Got a really awkward sunburn and then watched all of the 3rd season of Young and Hungry.

Productive? Nope. Fun? Yep.

But now that means that I have a ton to do this week. So pizza for dinner!

Sausage and Kale Naan Pizza - an easy and healthy way to do pizza night! Turkey sausage, kale, and mozzarella on top of delicious naan bread!

My current favorite way to do pizza is with naan bread.

How much do you love naan bread? I’m not much of a bread eater but I could eat garlic naan bread after garlic naan bread and never get tired of it.

If you’ve never tried it, it’s kind of like pita bread but softer and without the pocket in the middle. And it has these puffy bubbles on top that make it really, really hard to resist.

So for this Sausage and Kale Naan Pizza, you  just cook some turkey sausage with kale and garlic and then pile it on top of naan bread. Then you add some of those cute mozzarella balls on top and broil until the cheese is all melty and delicious.

Seriously easy. I’ve made this several times for lunch the past couple months and it takes me no time at all!

Sausage and Kale Naan Pizza - an easy and healthy way to do pizza night! Turkey sausage, kale, and mozzarella on top of delicious naan bread!

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Cheesy Pasta with Roasted Cauliflower – pasta with cauliflower, kale, Parmesan, ricotta, and lemon zest! Light and fresh – perfect for meatless Monday!

Cheesy Pasta with Roasted Cauliflower - pasta with cauliflower, kale, Parmesan, ricotta, and lemon zest! Light and fresh - perfect for meatless Monday!

This is the first of two meatless recipes this week. Things are getting weird.

So how was your weekend? Hopefully fabulous! I stupidly scheduled a vet appointment for Clementine at 7:15 yesterday morning. It’s never a good idea to make an appointment that early on a Sunday. Good news though, we only have this week and then it’s SPRING BREAK. And then the kids may or may not go back to school after that. Still waiting for papers to be signed so we know which day we can get the heck out of here.

Yesterday I also officially started cleaning out the house. It’s amazing how much stuff you accumulate over the years. I found one of those cell phones with the pull out keyboard in our junk drawer – like, how old is that?! Why do we still have it?!

I spent a good portion of the day just filling bags with stuff to either throw away or donate. I’m starting to panic because it just seems like so. much. stuff. and it’s stuff that we’ve just shoved into closets or drawers because we don’t even use it. I need it all out of here!

Aaaaand I started listening to The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up while I cleaned. Mostly because I’ve heard that the author talks about your socks needing a vacation. My socks and I are pretty excited to hear all about that.

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I think this is my favorite time of year for food. I know I always get ridiculously excited for pumpkin in the fall but I think the vibrant berries and abundance of veggies in the stores right now get the win from me.

I have been making salads of pretty much just kale all winter so it makes my day to have a big salad full of color and fresh produce. I just feel better – body and mind – when my diet is full of fruits and veggies.

So last week I was bored and looking for a time waster and ended up driving to the big (Super) Target on the other side of town. Do you ever do that? Go to a different Target because they might have something different and better? It’s one of my favorite hobbies.

But I picked up a copy of the April 2014 issues of both Real Simple and Cooking Light. Real Simple because my house could use a good cleaning and the cover says it can help. Cooking Light because it’s just my all-time favorite food magazine.

And right now, you get a $5 Target gift card when you buy both! So hurry because it’s only while supplies last.

This Linguine with Garlicky Kale and White Beans comes from Cooking Light. This is what I love about Cooking Light. Pasta would usually be on my “no go” list this time of year but they do it in a way that makes it feel light and fresh and doesn’t ruin my diet!

Anything with kale just calls my name and beans are among my top 10 favorites foods. So this was a definite winner. I had it 4 separate times over the weekend and I’m still not tired of it. I’m really starting to dig “sauceless” pastas – the garlic really stood out in this dish and made the kale that much better.

It’s completely vegetarian and it’s light but still fills you up. I will definitely be making this one again.

Linguine with Garlicky Kale and White Beans
from Cooking Light, April 2014
Servings: 4 servings
Ingredients
  • 8 ounces uncooked linguine
  • 3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh garlic
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1 8-ounce package prechopped kale
  • 1 15-ounce can unsalted cannellini beans, rinsed and drained
  • 3/4 teaspoon black pepper divided
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
Instructions
  1. Cook pasta according to package directions, omitting salt and fat. Drain in a colander over a bowl, reserving 1/4 cup cooking liquid.
  2. Heat oil and garlic in a large skillet over medium heat. When garlic begins to sizzle, add 1/2 cup water and kale; cover and cook 5 minutes or until kale is tender, stirring occa­sionally. Add beans, 1/2 teaspoon pepper, and salt; cook 1 minute or until thoroughly heated, stirring occasionally. Add pasta and reserved 1/4 cup cooking liquid to pan; toss to coat. Sprinkle remaining 1/4 teaspoon pepper over pasta. Serve immediately.

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