Meatless Monday Raw Vegan Brunch

I had some friends over for lunch the other day to introduce them to the raw foods lifestyle.  This is a photo featuring a bowl of the Curried Apple-Cucumber-Kale-Cranberry Salad which I served with Sunflower Seed Pate, Onion Crisps and a really refreshing Green Tea with Apricots, sweetened with stevia.

Have to admit that I get such a kick out of serving raw foods to people who have never tried them before as the response is always favorable and rather astounded by the gourmet and sophisticated taste sensations.

Especially fun is finding fabulous ways to serve kale, a green that is probably one the most nutritious plants in the world, but not one that most people are accustomed to eating.  After all, when you are served a plate of food at a restaurant garnished with some kale, how often have you actually munched down on that leafy green?

For this recipe, leaving the dressing for about 20-30 minutes on the salad and even massaging into the kale will actually soften the texture and make the kale much more delectable.

Curried Apple-Cucumber-Kale Salad

Ingredients:  (Salad)
1 bunch of curly kale, washed and dried
1/2 cup cranberries (can replace with raisins or other dried berries)
1 large or 2 small apples of your choice (I prefer Fuji, Pink Lady or Gala)
1 cucumber, peeled
Optional:  2 stalks of celery, chopped

Directions:  Tear kale into bite-sized pieces, discarding the stems (if you have furry friends in the house, they might enjoy chomping on them)  Chop the cucumber and apple into pieces according to your taste.  Place all ingredients in a salad bowl and toss in the cranberries.

Ingredients:  (Dressing)

3 TB. sesame seeds or 2 TB. tahini
1 TB. red miso (you can replace with soy sauce or gluten-free Tamari)
¼ cup olive oil
½ cup water
2 garlic cloves
Juice from 1 or 2 limes
5 dates, pitted
1 tsp. curry powder

Directions:  Blend all ingredients, adjusting taste by adding juice from the 2nd lime if necessary.  Pour over the salad and massage into the kale.

You can replace the kale with any leafy green that you prefer.  Another way I serve this dish is by chopping the kale into minuscule pieces by pulsing in the food processor and mixing in with larger chunks of apple, celery and cucumber (for this recipe add some celery to the above recipe)  Serve on butter lettuce leaves, endive or romaine leaves and garnish with parsley or fresh jalapeno, as pictured below.

We ended our lovely luncheon with some Banana Nut Bread (see the blog directly after this one for the recipe) and my special Green Fusion Superfood Shake (recipe coming soon – so subscribe to updates or stay up to date by fanning our Raw Fusion Living Facebook Page.

LindaJoy Rose (Academy Founder and Natural Wellness Expert)

LindaJoy Rose, PhD is a therapist, author, professional speaker, international trainer, and healthy living expert with over 25 years of experience. As the former Director of International Development for the American Board of Hypnotherapy, she is a pioneer in the field of subconscious dynamics and clinical hypnotherapy, implementing training and certification in many countries across Europe, Latin America and Asia.

Dr. LJ has appeared numerous times as the Healthy Living expert with the Tampa NBC affiliate and syndicated Daytime TV show, local media coverage, and over 100 videos on the super-information site, eHow.com.

She is the author of eight books, including Your Mind: The Owner’s Manual and Raw Fusion Living: Recipes for Health Eating, Natural Weight Loss and Anti-Aging, and contributes regularly to the popular worldwide news service, The Huffington Post.

With a grant from the Astra-Zeneca Foundation, Rose successfully launched a healthy lifestyle retraining program at one of the nation’s largest and most respected clinics. Having overcome a debilitating auto-immune disorder through lifestyle changes and self-care, she subsequently developed a practical and delicious eating philosophy and teaches popular classes with food demonstrations, world-wide.

In 2013, she launched the online and onsite Natural Wellness Academy with certifications in Holistic Health and Life Coaching and Clinical Hypnotherapy and with students and graduates in almost 20 countries.

The daughter of two Holocaust survivors, Dr. Rose is also a volunteer docent at the Florida Holocaust Museum and resides in Tampa, Florida with her husband and 4 furry companions.

"From training therapists internationally in the fields of psychology and hypnotherapy to being an online mentor for two West Coast Universities, to founding the Natural Wellness Academy, teaching has always been my passion, I enjoy nothing more than informing and inspiring prospective coaches and therapists."

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