I haven't been eating very well for the past couple of days.
Restaurant and convenience foods came back into my life in a big way in the past week or so. With a stressful job and two kids, something's gotta give sometimes. I'm okay with that.
But I'm learning the hard way that rich, salty, sugary, fatty foods don't agree with a healthy body. I've had an upset stomach and a headache, and felt extremely sluggish, for the past few days. It's no way to feel when you have a to-do list as big as mine.
So it was time to get back on track.
I wanted to make something outrageously healthy and fresh to remind my body what good food is all about.
I combined Bethesda Locavore's Garlicky, Lemony, Kale Salad recipe (I love her "nothing gets measured/everything gets tossed" style...) with Bon Appetit's Kale and Brussels Sprout Salad. I read both recipes and then did my own thing. I basically used Bethesda Locavore's recipe, but with the additions of Brussels sprouts and almonds from Bon Appetit.
The result was a bright and happy salad that seemed to have no place as a seasonal recipe in gloomy February. It was like eating sunshine itself. Which is, of course, the entire point of eating food at all.
The recipe is simple: Put all this stuff in a bowl and toss, according to your hunger and taste:
Raw Brussels sprouts, chopped
Juice of one lemon
Clove of garlic, crushed
Freshly-grated Parmesan cheese
I was so excited to eat this, I just put a fork in the mixing bowl and chowed down. I didn't even bother with a serving bowl. :-)