Posts tagged ‘kale’

September 19, 2013

Lyfe Kitchen Vegan Whole Grain Pilaf with Sweet & Zesty Vegetable Peperonata

by ashley

Lyfe Kitchen Whole Grain PilafUpdate 11 Feb 2014: We have had many users point out that this has honey, which most vegans do not eat honey as it is an animal product. I have written a note to Lyfe Kitchen to inform them. Thank you very much to all of our readers who pointed this out! Sorry that it slipped past me!

I had so much energy after eating Lyfe Kitchen’s Whole Grain Pilaf, I had trouble calming down to write a post about it. What drew my eye to this in the freezer section was that it had kale. I’ve never seen a frozen meal with kale, which I love adding to as many of my dishes as possible, so I knew I had to try it. Pilaf of any kind rarely sounds interesting to me, but with the addition of kale, quinoa, red wheat berries, artichokes, zucchini, toasted almonds and many other wholesome ingredients, this is one pilaf I could get excited about. The fact that it has no animal products, making it completely vegan, is another great selling point.

Heating this dish up is not as easy as other frozen meals, but it is worth the effort. I believe they did this to preserve the flavor, as well as ensuring their packaging is as eco-friendly as possible. I have taken step-by-step photos of the process, but the instructions are also clearly marked on the package. You will need a microwave safe plate in order to make this.

Remove the package from the box, place on a microwave safe plate with the seam facing up (so it can release steam while cooking). Cook for 4 ½ minutes. Let stand for 1 minute.

Lyfe Kitchen Whole Grain Pilaf

It will look like this once it’s finished cooking.

Lyfe Kitchen Whole Grain Pilaf

Use scissors to cut along the dotted line. I thought my mini hula girl scissors would make the photo a bit more festive.

 Lyfe Kitchen Whole Grain Pilaf

Lyfe Kitchen Whole Grain Pilaf

Carefully slide the entrée onto your plate and enjoy!

Lyfe Kitchen Whole Grain Pilaf

The lime juice concentrate was slightly overpowering at first, but the more I ate, the more I liked the dish. There are A LOT of ingredients in this dish and it definitely has a lot of flavor, but almost all ingredients are unprocessed foods, with “natural flavor”, potassium chloride and calcium chloride popping out as the only “processed” ingredients that I could see.

Lyfe Kitchen Whole Grain Pilaf

Lyfe Kitchen Whole Grain Pilaf

I haven’t seen any other Lyfe Kitchen entrées in my grocery store, but I will keep an eye out for more. I was most impressed by the huge jolt of energy I got after eating this. Perhaps it was coincidence or maybe the whole grains? Let me know what you think of the dish!

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January 6, 2012

Kale Sautee

by jem614

By Jessica Michael

Since being on this vegan bodybuilding challenge, I have been craving Kale for dinner almost every night.

I try to change it up so it doesn’t get stale but there are so many different ways to make it.  Two days ago, I added some tofurky Italian sausage and it was this spicy flavorful meal.


Last night, I wanted to add a little tofu to bulk up the calories (3 cups of kale is only around 100 calories).  It ended up being this amazing tangy delicious sautee that I wished I had more of.  I’m hungry just thinking about it right now.

Ingredients:
Kale (3-4 cups is probably good for one person if you’re eating this as a meal)
Salt
Pepper
1/2 zucchini
1/4 small Onion
Corn Meal Flour
Liquid Aminos
Sundried Tomatoes
Coconut oil (for cooking)
Olive oil (for flavor)
Garlic Powder
Firm Tofu
Lime

In a bowl, drain and cut your tofu (up to you- I cut about a 1/5 block of tofu) and cut into squares.  Dry your squares and cover with about two teaspoons of liquid amino with a little bit of oil.  Coat your squares then add a dash or so of garlic.  Next, add about a tablespoon and a half of your corn meal flour- not a lot just enough to add flavor to the squares and a little crispiness.

In your pan, add your coconut oil- I put mine on medium heat (so I don’t burn the oil) toss in your onions, sundried tomatoes and zucchini slices to sautee.  Toss in your tofu cubes to brown.  Once everything has a nice color, add in your kale (so you don’t kill the kale, always add it in last for just a minute or two).

Toss your kale with a little more garlic powder, salt and pepper.  After two minutes or so, it should be coated in oil and flavor and tossed with the rest.  Before it gets all wilted, take it out and put it in a bowl to toss with a squeeze of lemon.

You will have a nice refreshing and delicious dinner!

Bon Appetit!

October 10, 2011

Green Smoothie Sunday

by jem614

By Jessica Michael

I had one of those Sundays when all you’re craving is just something healthy and green.  I had a day of eating all white pasta and processed bread the day before, which always makes me tired and run down.  I try not to eat the bad stuff but sometimes it sneaks its way in there and destroys my day.  One minute of ease can be days of unhappiness.

The great part about green smoothies is that you can be creative and make it so many different ways.  Plus, after drinking one of these you feel like you’re starting from scratch again.  Don’t we all wish we could wipe the slate clean after eating crappy?  This green monster was so refreshingly delicious, I have to go home and make another one tonight.

Sunday Greens:

8 oz. simply apples (juice)
1 Banana
4 Leaves of organic Kale (remember Kale is on the naughty list because it soaks in pesticides easily, make sure you go organic)
1/4 c. Spinach leaves
and of course, some cacao nibs for crunch

Stay thirsty my friends ;0)

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