There’s something about eating healthy, losing weight, and resolves coming right during the middle of winter. If most of us are honest we couldn’t be further from thinking about our beach body or getting up early to work out when it’s still dark. While we love salads with the best of them, there’s something about eating cold food during winter that loses its appeal. Smoothies when it’s 20 degrees outside is a hard sell. Maybe you’re like me and are thinking the same thing. In light of this, we came up with this delicious kale soup recipe. Warm, comforting, and with a few tweaks, it’s whole30 compliant. This soup can be dinner tonight.
We’ve absolutely loved sharing this week’s posts. We hope you’ve enjoyed the recipes and are inspired to host your own gathering. The other day I found myself in conversation with a friend and we were reminiscing over the past year. Some of our favorite nights in Redding have been like this. Often times outside, underneath the string lights and stars, with a drink in hand, surrounded by great food and community. In the daily grind of life, it’s challenging to find margin to make a delicious healthy meal, much less make the time to sit down and enjoy it. It feels somewhat counter cultural to unplug and engage at an evening meal. May I issue you a challenge? Find the hearts and those you want to share a meal with. Set a date and make it happen. Whether it’s lobster or grilled pizza, find a dish that’s simple to prepare, set the table and gather those you love. It’s worth it time after time.
We’ve loved playing with raw foods and adding more nutrition to our diet. At times, the flavor of raw vegetables can be overly bitter and keep me going back to the skillet. This salad shifted my paradigm and now I firmly believe that asparagus and zucchini are just as tasty raw as they are cooked. This salad hosts a variety of green veggies that when cut down and into ribbons, are absolutely delicious. With a punch of onion, crunch of almonds, and creamy finish of goat cheese, it boasts a nuance of flavor and finesse unlike most salads we’ve tasted. (Remove goat cheese and this recipe is Whole30 Approved!)
Confession, I absolutely love an antipasto. The salty brine of the olives, the bite of the manchego cheese, and the creaminess of a French brie. For this gathering, we decided to mix it up, and add a delicious tomato salad and whipped chive goat cheese. This is the perfect addition to a traditional antipasto plate. With the subtle sweetness and seasonal flavors of the heirloom tomatoes and the creaminess of the goat cheese, it effortlessly makes its way onto a crostini and doesn’t look back.
There’s something about lobster. If I’m honest, there’s something about it that screams summer, endless sunshine, and fresh coastal living. While I live in mountain laden lands and it takes a road trip to get to the coast, I love the idea of having fresh seafood during the summer months. When it comes to grilling lobster, I was shocked at how simple the prep was. I wasn’t daring enough to butcher a full lobster myself and opted to purchase the tails ready to go. With the market price on seafood it ended up being around the same cost per ounce of meat, making the convenience worth it. Using charcoal and fresh herbs, this recipe remains clean, quick, and will be sure to impress your guests at any gathering.