I must say that December is insanely busy; in all aspects of life. Is it society, the holidays, school, or the end of the year that charges everyone up and drains our adrenals? Ugh, I am so over being overwhelmed in December! I like life to be chill and flowing and although there will always be crazy times I would like it to calm down, now. Alas, there are a few more days left of school and one intense exam before I officially break for the holidays. In the midst of all this insanity I still make time to make dinner every day and well every other meal (my fiancé helps with that lol) from scratch because I love fresh food and I’m insane/intense/healthy like that.
One of my go to dressings of the moment is this Asian-inspired dressing which is made with 4 simple ingredients; tahini, miso, orange juice (!), and ginger. So simple yet so creamy, delicious, and nourishing!
I usually add this to some chiffonade kale (kale cut into ribbons if you must know) and yes I am fancy like that, only the best French cut for my kale! I actually learned how to do this in Copenhagen earlier this year where I had the opportunity to take a cooking class with the talented Sarah Britton of My New Roots.
Ok, onto the dressing.
Ingredients: makes enough for 2 salads
- ½ cup of freshly squeezed orange juice
- 2 tbsp tahini ( I like to make my own!)
- 1 tbsp unpasteurized miso
- ½ – 1” freshly grated ginger
2. Add to chiffonade kale, grated carrots, grated beets, julienned cukes and sea veggies to make a sea weed Asian-inspired salad, a side of unpasteurized kimchi also adds another asian taste dimension.
Better for you ingredients:
- stimulates digestive juices in the stomach to better digest food (better digestion=better absorption of nutrients!)
- full of beneficial bacteria and restores healthy bacteria levels in the intestines.
- aids in digestion and assimilation of other foods in the intestines
- good vegetable-quality source of B vitamins (especially B12) which is great for stress and energy
- helps with immunity which makes it great for the cold and flu season
- prevents gas and bloating after a large meal and aids with digestion. Better digestion = more nutrition and overall better health!
- powerful anti-inflammatory; helps with arthritis and reduces swelling
- is a warming spice which increases metabolism and circulation