Raw Kale Salad and Dairy Free Pizza
1 bunch of organic curly kale
1 organic lemon
Himalayan salt to taste
Organic olive oil to taste
Wash kale. Tear into small pieces. Pour lemon juice onto kale, salt, and olive oil. Now here’s the important thing – massage with hands until the kale feels as if it’s softer. Somehow this process takes away the hard texture and bitterness. I like to also add slivers of red bell peppers, but my son won’t eat it that way.
Now the Dairy Free Pizza:
I use an organic whole wheat pre-made crust.
1 pint of cherry tomatoes
1 cup of organic crimini mushrooms
10 or so organic pitted kalamata olives
1/2 organic sweet onion
Oraganic olive oil to drizzle
I blend the tomato and onion into a paste. Slice mushrooms and olives. On the package it says to bake at 400 for 10-12 minutes, but I like it better (it burns less and is somewhat crispy crust with chewy inside) baked at 350 for about 20-30 minutes. I also will sometimes blend with some camel milk to make the sauce a bit more creamy.
Pros of this plate:
- Kale – source of glucosinolate glucobrassicin
- Wonderful veggies, cooked tomatoes – lycopene
- The pizza and salad are good compliment
- My son is motivated to eat kale because of pizza
Cons of this plate:
- Not in love with wheat
- High carb meal
- AGE’s in the baked crust
Further reading on some of the pros:
“Indole-3-carbinol (C9H9NO) is produced by the breakdown of the glucosinolate glucobrassicin, which can be found at relatively high levels in cruciferous vegetables such as broccoli, cabbage, cauliflower, brussels sprouts, collard greens and kale…” wikipedia. You can then find a slew of articles discussing how Indole-3-carbinol has anti-inflammatory and anti-cancer effects.
Indole-3-carbinol inhibits LPS-induced inflammatory response by blocking TRIF-dependent signaling pathway in macrophages – paid article, but you can get the gist of it from the abstract. Bottom line reduced inflammation in mouse model.
Indole-3-carbinol inhibits cell proliferation and induces apoptosis in Hep-2 laryngeal cancer cells. paid article also, with short abstract on mouse model study. But notable that they gave indole-3-carbinol as supplement to mice and noticed – as compared to controls – smaller and less proliferative tumors.
You can supplement with indole-3-carbinol, but it’s nice to get it in food.
Effect of lycopene and tomato products on cholesterol metabolism. Free article that summarizes some studies with lycopene and cholesteral.