Hello! I KNOW I’ve been away for awhile, and I am so sorry for my absence. Life got a little crazy over the past month or two, and I decided to take a break from this space so I could focus on other (mostly awesome) things that were happening in my life. Now that the dust has settled a bit and I can finally breathe, I am so happy to dive back into ‘have heart’ with a renewed sense of energy. Which brings me to a few announcements that I am SO HAPPY to share with you!
First up…I am OFFICIALLY a licensed teacher and survivor of graduate school. I have to say, it feels damn good to see my teaching license number pop up on my education profile page, and I cannot wait to frame my diploma!
Secondly, I’ll be putting said license and diploma to good use in my very own classroom! I am so so relieved and excited to announce that I will be teaching 5th grade English Language Arts this fall. I admit, I’m feeling a little nervous about this next step in my career, but I am already in love with my new school and cannot wait to meet all of my new students. Wish me luck!
And lastly…you might recall from this post that T and I are moving. Well, long story short, that post was written a bit prematurely, and we ended up losing that particular apartment to another applicant (Boston real estate is a cut throat monster basically). As disappointed as we were initially, our loss turned into luck, and we were able to find a gorgeous little condo that we absolutely fell in love with. We’ve crossed our t’s and dotted our i’s, and this time our move is offish. The twist? Our new place is in Nashua, NH (read: NOT Boston). While a part of me is a wee bit heart broken about leaving the city, I’m feeling overall really really good about the move, and I’m looking forward to exploring and settling into a new place with T. Oh, and we’re allowed to have dogs there, so stay tuned for my adoption of 1,000 puppies.
That pretty much sums up all of the big news around here. It feels so good to be back, and I’m looking forward to getting back into my flow here at ‘have heart’ and reconnect with the blogging world.
Now that we’re all caught up, let’s get to the good stuff…lunch. When summer arrives and the days grow hot, I tend to stick to cold salads for lunch. They’re just so easy, and can be pretty refreshing on humid days. However, they can also get a little boring, which never makes for a satisfying meal. In the spirit of spicing up my favorite summer lunch meal, I fooled around in the kitchen a bit to come up with this little number: The Kale Power Bowl. It does require a bit more prep work to make, so I suggest planning ahead the night before if you want to pack this bad boy for lunch.
Power Kale Bowl
- Coconut oil, 1/2- 1 TBSP
- Yellow onion, 1/2 c. diced
- Mushrooms, 3-4 diced
- Broccoli, roughly 7 spears
- Lentils, 1/2 c. dry
- Firm tofu, 1/5 block
- Roma tomato, diced
- Kale, 5 leaves roughly chopped
- Parsley, 1 small handful chopped
- Avocado, 1/4 diced
- Balsamic vinegar, roughly 1 TBSP
- Olive oil, roughly 1/2 tsp
- Garlic powder
1. Cook the lentils according to package instructions. Set aside.
2. While the lentils are cooking, warm the coconut oil in a pan on medium heat. Add the diced onion, mushrooms, and broccoli, along with salt and pepper to taste. Sauté for 5 minutes, or until onion is translucent.
3. In the meantime, dice your chunk of tofu on a cutting board. Then, with a fork, mash the cubes of tofu flat in order to “scramble” it. Add the scrambled tofu to the pan, and add a dash more salt, pepper, as well as garlic powder. Sauté on medium heat until tofu is warmed through and has started to brown.
4. While your lentils and scramble are cooking, prepare the salad bed. In a large bowl, toss the kale and parsley until mixed. Add the diced avocado, olive oil, and balsamic vinegar to the greens. Gently massage the “dressing” into the leaves, until the avocado has mashed and the vinegar and oil are spread evenly.
5. Top your salad bed with the scramble, lentils, and raw diced veggies of your choosing. I opted for tomatoes and marinated olives, but the beauty of this dish is that you can get playful with your veggies!
This recipe is very relaxed. When I was assembling this salad, I didn’t really measure anything, and sort of tossed ingredients together in the hope that they tasted good. I can personally attest that this particular combination was filling and delicious, but I encourage you to experiment with your own combinations! And, please do share them if you try this dish out 🙂
Until next time!