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As win­ter drags on, we un­der­stand the urge to hun­ker down in chunky sweaters and fuzzy socks and gorge on un­healthy com­fort foods. That’s why we’ve spent the past few weeks se­lect­ing our most beloved go-to com­fort foods and then search­ing for the health­i­est and most de­li­cious food makeovers out there. From loaded baked pota­toes to chicken soup, we’ve found recipes that will make sure your sweaters are only keep­ing you warm rather than hid­ing ev­i­dence of win­ter splurges. CHOPPED PUR­PLE POWER SALAD This “mir­a­cle salad” is packed with 6 su­per­foods (kale, quinoa, wal­nuts, chick­peas, honey, and Greek yogurt). The mir­a­cle is that the author’s 4-year-old de­clared the dish to be her new “most fa­vorite food EVER” and de­voured three bowls of it. Move over PB&J, there’s a new lunch in town!


Salad: 2 ta­ble­spoons se­same oil 1 cup diced, de-stemmed kale ¾ head pur­ple cab­bage, shred­ded and

diced (ap­prox­i­mately 3 cups) 1 cup cooked quinoa ¾ cup wal­nuts, coarsely chopped ¼ cup crum­bled goat cheese

Dress­ing: ¼ cup chick­peas, rinsed and drained 1 ta­ble­spoon soy sauce 2 ta­ble­spoons honey 1 ta­ble­spoon plain Greek yogurt

To make the salad, com­bine the se­same oil and kale in a large mix­ing bowl. Gen­tly mas­sage the oil into the kale leaves by hand for about 2 min­utes. This helps re­duce the bit­ter­ness and soft­ens the tex­ture of the kale. Add the cab­bage, quinoa, wal­nuts, and goat cheese, then toss gen­tly to com­bine. To make the dress­ing, in a sep­a­rate bowl, com­bine all dress­ing in­gre­di­ents and use an im­mer­sion blender, food pro­ces­sor, or blender to purée un­til smooth. Pour the dress­ing over the salad and toss thor­oughly to com­bine. Serve and be su­per! Reprinted with per­mis­sion from Su­per­foods at Ev­ery Meal: Nour­ish Your Fam­ily with Quick and Easy Recipes Us­ing 10 Ev­ery­day Su­per­foods by Kelly Pfeif­fer. Copyright 2015, Fair Winds Press.

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