“Vitameatavegamin” – Do you know where your vitamins are?

Last week I put out a challenge to you to stop relying on mass produced, microwavable foods and tried to inspire you to reach for something better by making your own meals using “real foods”.  I said your life would improve in many ways, most notably, the intimacy gained by the shared experience of preparing food well and enjoying it together, as well as by eliminating processed and artificial foods from your diet.

In yesterday’s New York Times, appeared an opinion piece by science writer Catherine Price, in which she plainly states we have been complicit in our own deception by food manufacturers that fortify junk as well as otherwise healthy foods with synthetic vitamins. Initially, the vitamins were added to these products because the processes were necessary to achieve a long shelf life, but at the same time, they destroyed any benefit we might have gotten from the organic nutrients in the foods in the first place.  Ironic, isn’t it?

This ignores the natural synergy of other ingredients inherent in real foods that possibly ensure our ingestion of them, by supplanting them with synthetic vitamins.  In other words, we think we’re eating healthy, vitamin fortified foods, when in fact we are fighting a losing battle.  If you’d like to read Ms.Price’s own words you can find her article at http://www.nytimes.com/2015/02/15/opinion/sunday/vitamins-hide-the-low-quality-of-our-food.html?_r=0


So here I am offering you a very nutritious, delicious and healthy salad made from all real ingredients.  It was kindly given to me by a young cook at Chefs Jon Shook and Vinny Dotolo’s “Animal”, the extremely popular lots o’ meat restaurant on Fairfax Avenue in Los Angeles.  I’ve loved it in their restaurant and now I love it at home.

Animal's Kale Salad

So lemony and crunchy!

Baby Kale Salad

For the vinaigrette:

1/2 tsp garlic paste

1/3 cup fresh lemon juice

2/3 cup good olive oil

3/4 tsp dried red pepper flakes

1/2 tsp kosher or sea salt

To build the salad:

Cleaned baby kale leaves, cut across the rib into 1/2 inch wide slices

Grate pecorino cheese

pinch of kosher or sea salt

homemade bread crumbs*

Toss the kale leaves with the vinaigrette, sprinkle with cheese & salt, and scatter breadcrumbs on top.  Deliciously invigorating and good for ya!

*To make bread crumbs at home, toast some whole grain bread in the oven, then whirl in a food processor.  Alternately, process stale bread until it is crumbs, stir in some melted butter and toast lightly in a saute pan until crunchy.

And here is a recipe for a healthy and satisfying kale snack from your’s truly!

Smokey Kale Chips

1 bunch kale, stems removed and torn into long strips

1 T good olive oil

1 tsp smoked paprika (feel free to swap out chili powders, garlic or onion powder, or za’atar)

1/2 tsp sea salt

Toss the prepared kale leaves with the next 3 ingredients and spread in a single layer on parchment paper lined sheet pans.  Bake at 350 degrees for about 12 minutes, until crispy.

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8 Responses to “Vitameatavegamin” – Do you know where your vitamins are?

  1. Daniel says:

    I was fortunate enough to eat the Kale Salad for dinner tonight and it was delicious and nutritious, with great crunch from the bread crumbs and full of flavor. Also, the lady in the video is really pretty; I would like to know her better.


  2. bobillot says:

    Now that kale has become more easily available here in France I can try this recipe at home.

    Liked by 1 person

  3. debbsmith11152015 says:

    The video is a great addition to the blog. I love it and you are great on-camera! (But that camera-person—I’m not so sure about those zoom-ins, Mr. DeMille……)

    I’m soooo on-board with the need to eat more real foods. It definitely is the key to a healthier life in every way–but it’s getting very challenging to entice those two 7 y.o. picky eaters.

    Since kale salads are a staple in my house, I need to make those chips for the kids—your recipe sounds so simple. I’ll let you know if it gets them eating more kale!


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