Here’s fair warning that this is not for everyone. If you don’t love kale, and I mean, reallly love the green stuff, this is not for you, you may as well save yourself some time and stop reading now.
April has been a doozy. Not one, but two bachelorette parties for two of my best friends. Neither of them in New York. Both of them in involving lots of good food and lots of good drink. I have nothing against fried food, but in the week and a half that separates the two parties, I certainly can’t be eating fried anything every day for lunch. Hence, the baked falafel.
I’m just gonna come right out there and say it. This is one of my favorite salads of all time. I know, it’s a bold statement, but it’s been on my regular rotation for years now and every time I make it, I wonder why I waited so long since the last time. This salad has a little bit everything: earthy black beans, sweet summer corn, creamy avocado, acidic tomatoes, tangy feta, bright bell peppers, spicy, crisp radishes, and sweet, crunchy jicama, all bound together with a tangy and sweet, garlic and jalapeño-laced, lime-honey dressing. I mean honestly, what’s better than that.
Consider this my apology for the mountain of sin that I posted a couple of days ago. I realize that you think I’ve probably gone off the deep end, presenting two of the most loathed of ingredients together, and claiming that they’re (gasp) delicious. But I haven’t lost it. This is a tasty, fast meal and it just couldn’t get any healthier (or cheaper!).
Thanksgiving really did a number on me. Not only would “overindulge” be a massive, massive understatement, but I actually had to throw away the leftovers to make myself stop eating for the remainder of the weekend. Did you hear me? I THREW AWAY THANKSGIVING LEFTOVERS. That has to be the worst kind of blasphemy. I kind of hate myself a little bit for it; but there was no other way people! I think I’ve already covered my complete and utter lack of will-power around good food; so you can imagine the problem with the heavenly mashed potato-apple sausage stuffing-cranberry sauce Thanksgiving mash-up. Ugh. You understand; I imagine a few of you probably feel the same way. So this, needless to say, is detox week.