My New Roots’ Chakra Fruit Salad with Enlightened Tahini Sauce #SaladFest2013

The chakras are the major energy centers in the body, of which there are seven. sarahBeginning at the very base of the spine and moving upward to the crown of the head, chakras are said to be moving wheels of light, colour and sound that regulate all energy entering and exiting the body. The energy that flows through the chakras regulates the healing abilities of our physical, emotional, mental and spiritual selves.

Something that particularly caught my attention with studying the chakra system was noticing colours more than usual. As each colour corresponds to a specific chakra in the body, I realized that colours really do play an important role in our lives, and the ones we choose to surround ourselves with say a lot about us.

So yes, I had to make something using all the colours of the rainbow and what a pleasurable job indeed. The summer market called to me, and what I created was a rainbow fruit salad with a bright, light and spiced tahini sauce to bring it all together.

The fruits I chose were just what I found and had on hand, but you can of course use any fruits you like and that are in season near you.

The Enlightened Tahini Sauce tastes delicious on any sweet fruits. Even just slicing up an apple to dip in the lusciousness would be welcomed. Experiment and rejoice! Anything goes.

Although I can’t claim that eating this fruit salad will bring your spirit closer to enlightenment, I can tell you that your tummy will be.

What better way to celebrate summer than with a refreshing bowl of raw rainbow sweetness to share with precious friends and beloved family? No matter how you slice it, nirvana is often found in the place you least expect, and sometimes even on the plate right in front of you.

My new roots_fruit saladChakra Fruit Salad with Enlightened Tahini Sauce
Servings: 4
Time: 15 minutes

  • currants – red / root chakra
  • oranges – orange / sacral chakra
  • plums – yellow/ solar plexus chakra
  • kiwi – green / heart chakra
  • blueberries – blue / throat chakra
  • blackberries – indigo / third eye chakra
  • grapes – violet / crown chakra

Enlightened Tahini Sauce
Makes about 1 cup

  • ¼ cup tahini
  • 1 Tbsp. raw honey (or maple syrup)
  • 2 Tbsp. freshly squeezed lemon or orange juice
  • ¼ tsp. cinnamon
  • Pinch dried ground ginger
  • Pinch of sea salt (unless you are using salted tahini)
  • 4-6 Tbsp. water
  • Hemp seeds for garnish (optional)

Directions

Choose fruits representing every colour of the rainbow.

Wash and prepare with love and gratitude.

Place all ingredients for the tahini sauce in a jar with a tightly fitting lid and shake well to combine. Add more water to thin if desired. Store leftovers in the fridge for up to a week.

Drizzle the fruit with tahini sauce and sprinkle with hemp seeds. Share and enjoy.

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Sarah Britton started the website My New Roots in October 2007, this blog has been the place for her to share the edible inspirations from her playtime in the kitchen, and deep love for whole foods. The recipes and ideas you’ll find here revolve around her plant-based way of eating.  She hopes that through the simple and delicious dishes she creates, you too will discover a whole new world of flavour and nourishment.

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StudioEat’s Massaged Kale Salad with Tahini Dressing #SaladFest2013

Get your massage hands ready!
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By “massaging” kale in a light dressing, you can remove some of the rough texture and bitterness from this leafy powerhouse and turn it into a soft and mild green.

Add some caramelized onions for sweetness, avocado for some healthy fats and nutritious sunflower seeds for the salty factor and you have yourself a delicious anytime salad.

Eat this entire recipe for lunch (don’t judge me) or serve it as a side to any meal. If you’re looking for another way to use Kale check out this light and healthy Lentil, Sweet Potato and Kale Stew from my website, StudioEats.

studio eats massaged kale salad

Massaged Kale Salad with Tahini Dressing
Servings: 2-4
Time: 10 minutes
  • 1 bunch kale
  • 1 medium red onion
  • 1/2 avocado, chopped
  • 2 T sunflower seeds (I used roasted and salted)
  • 1 T tahini
  • 2 T water
  • 1 T olive oil (half for the pan for the onions, half for the dressing)

Directions

Slice onion very thin. Add to a oiled pan and cook over medium heat for about 10-15 minutes. Every few minutes, just stir the onions to keep them from burning.

While onions cook, prepare Kale. Break leaves off stems and into small bite sized pieces. Rinse and transfer to salad bowl.

For dressing: mix together tahini, water and 1/2 of EVOO. Stir. Add to Kale and massage into it with your fingers for 2-3 minutes.

Top kale with onions, avocado and sesame seeds.

Optional: drizzle your portion of salad with a little more tahini if you’d like some more flavor.

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Jamie is a Holistic Health Coach who lives in NYC. She helps women end their struggle with food by learning to listen to their bodies, create beautiful eating experiences and live exciting and fulfilling lives. She hosts an ongoing Intuitive Eating Challenge that hundreds of women have gone through in order to repair their relationship with food and also coaches women privately in her VIP Program. Check her out at www.studioeats.com, follow her facebook page and find her on twitter and instagram @studioeats14. 

 

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Cooking Technique: Steaming

Steaming is one of our favorite cooking techniques at {Healthy} Cooking Camp–probably because it’s just so easy! In this video we show you one of our favorite ways to jazz up a simple steamed veggie and make a mouth watering meal in just 5 minutes flat.

(*NOTE*: Despite appearances Robyn does not hurt Quinn with that dangerous looking zucchini)

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Recipe: Simple Tahini Dressing

Few sauces are as simple and satisfying as this tahini.  We put it on our steamed veggies, grains, beans fish… and even as a dressing on salads.  Heck, we’d eat it straight from the jar with a spoon, it’s just that good!  Try it out and let us know what you think in the comments below…
Simple Tahini Dressing 
Servings: 2
Time: 3 minutes
  • 1/4 cup tahini
  • juice of 1 lemon (2 tablespoons)
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • salt and pepper, to taste
  • water to thin (add 1 tablespoon at a time)
Directions
Combine all ingredients in a bowl or jar and mix well.  It may take some effort to incorporate the tahini in the liquid, be gentle and it will all come together.

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