Wednesday, March 17, 2010

M Café Kale with Spicy Peanut Dressing


Lately, I’ve fallen in LOVE with M Café’s Kale with Spicy Peanut Dressing. (I honestly can’t get enough of it.) Besides being delish, kale is also one of those super foods. Kale is considered to be a highly nutritious vegetable with powerful antioxidant properties, and is considered to have anti-inflammatory properties. Kale is very high in beta carotene, vitamin K, vitamin C, lutein, zeaxnthin, and reasonably rich in calcium. Because of its high vitamin K content, patients taking anti-coagulants such as warfarin are encouraged to avoid this food since it increases the vitamin K concentration in the blood, which is what the drugs are often attempting to lower.

Kale, as with broccoli and other brassicas, contains sulforaphane (particularly when chopped or minced), a chemical believed to have potent anti-cancer properties. Sulforaphane, which is formed when cruciferates are chopped or chewed, triggers the liver to produce enzymes that detoxify cancer-causing chemicals, inhibits chemically-induced breast cancers in animal studies, induces colon cancer cells to commit suicide. Here’s the recipe below & I hope you enjoy:

Ingredients
1 large bunch kale

¼ cup peanuts, chopped for garnish
¼ red onion, halved and sliced for garnish
Spicy Peanut Dressing*
½ cup peanut butter
1 ½ T honey

2 T low sodium soy sauce
2 T brown rice vinegar

½ tsp. garlic, minced
½ tsp. ginger, minced

¼ tsp. cayenne pepper

1/8 tsp. salt

1 ½ oz hot water

DIRECTIONS
1. Remove the kale from the stems. 
Add a pinch of Salt to a pot of boiling water, then blanch the Kale for 3 min. 
Remove the Kale from the boiling water and shock it in a container of ice water. 
Finally, squeeze the excess water out of the cooled Kale.
2. To make Spicy Peanut Dressing: Place all dressing ingredients into a blender. Blend until mixture turns into a smooth consistency.
3. Drizzle the dressing on top of the Kale and mix the kale and dressing together until kale is evenly coated. Garnish with sliced red onions and chopped peanuts.
*Makes enough to dress 2 large bunches of kale. Stores well refrigerated for up to 6 weeks.
Serving Size: ½ cup.
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2 comments:

lynn @ the actors diet said...

my favorite dish at mcafe! thanks for the recipe!

Lisa Clapper said...

I just mixed up this dressing and can't stop tasting it. Very tasty! I added a couple more tablespoons of hot water as it seemed a bit too thick. Pairing the salad with a chard tart tonight for a super double awesome green experience. Here's the recipe if you'd like to try. I usually include the stems and saute them with some onion, leek, another veg, whatever I have on hand. I also like to mix goat cheese and parm and sometimes gruyere. Yum.