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Myra’s Kale Kasha Yum!

So excited to share another guest post with you guys! Today’s Post is from Anna King.. a local lover of Jesus, Myra’s Garden Veggies, the outdoors, and deliciously fresh food!  Myra and Anna both share a love for throwing together creative foods.. especially when Kale is involved 🙂 Hope you enjoy this fun recipe that Anna is sharing with us today!

I learned to cook mostly from watching my mother cook as a kid. I rarely saw her pull out recipe cards or cookbooks.. Now baking is a totally different ballgame! hehe. In those days, there was no referring to Google or Pinterest for a quick reminder… In my memories, she is the queen of on-the-fly cooking! I like to think my cooking style takes after hers. And I’d like to say I have a decent sense of what things go together. I look up recipes more for ideas than for a how-do I cook all this stuff in my fridge?

My MO is usually to Google the ingredients that I have on hand and go from there. That is how this recipe inspiration started… I had been down to Myra’s garden that week to harvest a few beauties, the main attraction of which was kale!

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So today I’m using Kasha.. Kasha is a delicious and much more nutritious alternative to white rice or noodles, etc. It is a high protein, vitamin-packed grain also known as buckwheat! Its natural nutty flavor really works magic in combo with the almonds in this recipe. For any of you readers from Bay City, TX, our H-E-B carries Wolff’s Kasha brand on the “special order” shelf that faces the eggs.

 For this recipe you will need:

2½ cups broth (any type) or water

1 cup kasha

1 egg

2 TBS butter or margarine (optional)

1-2 bunches of kale washed and chopped to 1in pieces

1 lemon zested and juiced

2 scallions diced

1 TBS olive oil

¼ cup roasted or toasted (see below for how-to) almonds*

salt and pepper to taste (or my hubby and I prefer GARLIC SALT to taste. Everything is better with Garlic Salt!)

 *to toast the almost, put them in a small pan over low heat, stirring occasionally until golden brown

1. Combine lemon zest, lemon juice, scallions, olive oil, and almonds in a bowl and set aside.

2. Heat liquid to a boil in a pot large enough to accommodate your kasha and the amount of kale you’ll be adding. I use a tall 4½ quart pot and fill it to the brim with kale. It will cook down!

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3. Lightly beat egg in bowl with fork. Add kasha, stir, to coat kernels.

4. In separate medium-size skillet or saucepan, add egg-coated kasha. Cook over high heat 2 to 3 min., stirring constantly until egg has dried on kasha & kernels are separate.

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5. Add kasha to the boiling liquid. Add kale on top, but DO NOT STIR. Cover tightly and reduce heat to medium low to simmer 8 to 11 minutes until kale is cooked down, kasha kernels are tender & liquid is absorbed.

6. Add your bowl of zest, etc. as well as butter or margarine if you choose and the GARLIC SALT to taste. Stir until combined

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7. Enjoy!!

Thanks Myra’s Garden for the delicious kale and scallions, as well as inspiration to support local business, keep it green, preserve the planet by consuming locally grown, organic foods, and enjoy the beauty of God’s creation through horticulture!

-Anna King

And thank you Anna for this wonderfully delicious recipe and sharing enjoyably creative new ways to incorporate the #eatmyyard journey throughout our every day lives! Until Tomorrow..

-XOXO,

Myra’s

Motivation Monday: You CAN Achieve Your Goals.

I know that this is the time of year where everyone is making goals and implementing changes. So I’m joining in on the chorus too! I’ve been yearning for the willpower.. the strength.. the commitment.. the discipline to take better care of my own body.. my one life.. heck why not? We only get one run at things right?

I’ve told myself that time and time again.. through the headaches, dry eyes, tummy-aches, and sleepless nights. Nothing ever seemed to changed though. I’m one of those people other people look at and say.. “You don’t need to lose weight, You don’t need to get healthy, You are already skinny.” That’s just it though. It didn’t seem to matter anymore. Even though I am skinny by societies terms, my body was constantly getting sick.. and by constantly I mean ever other week I was in excruciating pain of some sort that left me in bed for hours on end. My body felt toxic.

I thought I was enjoying my life and the foods that this world has to offer. I feel like I was lying to myself. What’s so enjoyable about sore eyes and migraines? How can I have fun with an aching body and sinus drainage? I think you get the pic.

What did I do to make a change? … I prayed. I prayed and told God that I didn’t have the strength to live a healthier lifestyle on my own, with my sugar cravings-love for bread-and all things dairy… I couldn’t turn the corner without giving into the next food induced temptation.

I prayed for what seemed like a while. But, I think I actually only really prayed about it a few times over a period of a few months. He took away my addiction to sodas a little over a year ago. And I’ve basked in the greatness of how good it felt to be freed from those pesky little devils. Honestly once I got past the “I need a coke” it turned into “I don’t want a coke”.

I asked God, “Thank you for taking away my desire for sodas.. Will you please take away my desire for gluten, sugar, and dairy? I know I’m too weak to give it up, and I know you are wayyy more than capable enough to take it away.”

I figured one day He would, but I didn’t know when.. Until last week.. I woke up feeling totally crappy Monday morning, and after I began to feel better it just clicked.. It was time to make the change. So I’ve sworn to dairy-free, sugar-free, and gluten-free foods, a somewhat easier way to describe this is called Paleo.

My mind has changed from what I can’t eat, to what I Can Eat! And believe me, once you start to focus on everything you Can Eat.. the options are actually endless haha. It’s like there’s all this food out there, ripe for the picking.. and I Can Eat It! By ripe for the picking I mean fresh foods, and honestly it’s the best way to go. Your body will love you for it.

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What exactly am I eating? Just this week I’ve had Paleo Hamburger & Cabbage stir-fry, kinda like a substitute for “Chili-Mac” if you leave out the Herb Seasonings and Sour Cream.. and add Cumin, Chili Powder, and Garlic.

I’ve also made Mashed Cauliflower.. which has been an AH-maze-Zing substitute for the oh so dairy-filled mashed potato staple..

paleocauliflowermash

Crock-Pot Ribs (recommend using 1T of mustard and not 2), Oh and I made an exception for the sugar on this one… my favorite BBQ sauce from Hinze’s BBQ does have a little sugar in it. I’ll let you know if I find a paleo recipe for sauce that stands up to the taste bud test..

paleo crockpot ribs

and tonight I’m have Paleo Fresh Taco Soup! Haven’t tried it yet but it literally took me 20 minutes to throw together and it smells delish 🙂

tacosoup

Don’tcha just love you some Pinterest?? hehe 😉 I know I sure do! Well, Until Tomorrow… I’m basically just trying to tell you that You Can Do It, you can take control of your body, you can live a healthier lifestyle, you can make fitness goals and stick with them.. and if you need help doin it I’m here to give you all the motivationally positive support you need!

-XOXO,

Myra’s

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