so seemingly small,
to the whole universe
as tiny whispers
like the sounds
of butterfly wings,
and the clear voice
of the living truth.
Kale is always so hearty and strengthening for us, and at different times we're drawn to various varieties. In this recipe we used dino kale—the most mineral dense of all the kales—teamed with fresh tomatoes and mushrooms whose flavors meld together beautifully.
Like most of our recipes, this one came through the intuitive channels. I was looking in the fridge and saw the dark green kale, and an idea popped into my mind to turn the kale into a casserole, warmed in the dehydrator.
If you don't have a dehydrator, warm gently in a pan over low temperature, or briefly in the oven, set to the lowest temperature.
4 cups dino kale, finely sliced
2 cups tomatoes, sliced
1 cup mushrooms, sliced
4 tablespoons green onions, chopped
4 tablespoons olive oil
1 tablespoon Fines Herbs (or favorite fresh herbs)
1 clove garlic, optional
salt and pepper
Directions:Cut kale into thin slices, and put into a bowl. Add 2 tablespoons of the oil, sprinkle with salt and pepper, and mix to thoroughly coat kale.
Spread onto a glass baking dish.
Tip: When using a casserole dish, the high sides keep the food from warming quickly. We have found that a pizza plate, or other large glass plates, allows the food to warm much faster and at a lower temperature. If you use a casserole dish, you will need to set the temperature higher.
Put tomatoes, mushrooms, green onions, herbs, and remaining olive oil, into a bowl and mix thoroughly.
Spread on top of kale.
Sprinkle with salt and pepper, and Sesame Veggie Salt.
Dehydrate for 2 hours at 110 degrees.
A Little Story: Going the Distance:
Four years ago when we first started to eat a 100% raw food diet, we learned about a young man who'd had multiple sclerosis. If memory serves, after going through a debilitating illness, he tried raw foods. In two years he was completely healed, and went on to become a boxer with superb health.
His story spoke deeply to my spirit, and I thought that two years seemed like a long time to get well. Then I wondered what would I do if it took me two years to fully regain my health? Or three years? Well, I thought, the answer was that it would take two or three years. Then I asked myself what would I do if it took four years—or even five? The answer came back with a similar response: that it would take four or five years.
The point of this mental exercise is that it will take as long as it takes, and that I won't give up on myself—that I will continue to work with the process of healing until total health has been restored.
We're close to beginning our fifth year since we started to eat 100% raw food (with an occasional cooked food item), and tremendous progress has been made, but there's still more work to do.
Yet no matter how long it takes, we'll be staying the course, going the distance, and holding fast to a sacred commitment that was made: the healing and transformation of all levels of our being. Our quest—of becoming vital and robust, free from limiting emotions and mental states, and filled with love and compassion—is being assisted and fueled by the nourishment of our daily spiritual practices, and the rejuvenating power of living food.