It's that time between Thanksgiving and Christmas when I'm starting to freak out my eating "situation." Everywhere I turn there is something delicious: brownies, chocolate bark, and banana bread. I know this sounds a little grinch-y, but I try to say NO. You will see me in my office hallway, walking by the brownies that someone placed on the lunch table to share, muttering to myself, no means NO. Sometimes no really does mean no and sometimes it means, hey, it's the holidays, I'll just take a small bite (which inevitably turns into twenty bites).
In between recent meals of meatballs, pigs in a blanket, short ribs, polenta, and tikka masala, I made this kale salad for lunch. It made me feel virtuous and restored my balance. It came together easily. I started by cutting the "ribs" out of curly kale leaves and roughly chopped them. I toasted some almonds, sliced some honeycrisp apples, and then added this dresssing.
Not quite ready to give up the cookie exchange? Don't let me ruin your holiday because I'm certainly doing my share of indulging. Tuck this one away for 2014 when we all hit the gym and start eating kale for 3 weeks.