King Kale

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Kale is King

Of all the super healthy leafy greens out there, kale is definitely king!  This cruciferous veggie is loaded with all sorts of beneficial compounds making it one of the healthiest and most nutritious foods on the planet.  One cup of kale comes with 14% of your daily calcium, 659% of daily vitamin A and more than 900% of your daily vitamin K!  Filled with essential vitamins and minerals, kale is known for promoting bone health, detoxifying the body, supporting wellbeing of the skin, helping with blood clotting, is full of powerful antioxidants, helps with reducing cholesterol and can help to promote healthy weight loss!  It’s no wonder we love this delicious and versatile veggie so much.

What can possibly make this green powerhouse even healthier, you ask?  Sourcing it seasonally and locally! And that’s exactly what we do here at Pure Kitchen.  Our kale comes directly from two of our partnering farms: Juniper Farm in Wakefield Quebec and Cadence Farm right here in Ottawa.  Acquiring our veggies locally ensures they were harvested at their peak and no nutrients are lost in transport or artificial ripening.  Partnering with local farms isn’t just beneficial to our health though. Buying local reduces our carbon footprint, encourages sustainable agricultural practices and supports the local economy.  In fact, we go through so much kale both Juniper and Cadence farms plotted our giant needs into their growing season!

We love kale SO much here at Pure Kitchen we’re always finding new ways to use it.  Try it in our famous Transformed Salad (our take on a kale caesar) or swap out your grains in any of our hot bowls for sautéed kale and cabbage.  Get a mega boost of green vitamins with our Lush or Flow juices, both of which are use fresh, cold pressed kale as a base.

Contributors: Shannon Gilchrist & Eric Vance Photography


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Think smoothies are just for Summer?

Think again! Warm up this November with our fun twist on a mango lassi!  This delicious smoothie is made with almond milk, mangoes, banana, dates and our Golden Milk mixture of turmeric, ginger, pineapple and black pepper.  The warm flavours of turmeric and ginger help to create a warming feeling in the body while providing an antibacterial and anti inflammatory effect.  Creamy almond milk is the perfect base as the healthy fats help our bodies better utilize the active ingredient in turmeric, called curcumin. This smoothie will help you stay full longer with the blood sugar-stabilizing effect of mangoes and fiber rich dates.  And just for added bonus, bananas are incredibly rich in carbohydrates called pectins which are super soothing to the digestive tract helping to support optimal gut health!

We created this blend for our November Community Smoothie - and every golden glass sold supports the Youth Services Bureau of Ottawa. YSB offers life-changing programs & services for homeless youth in Ottawa, like two Emergency Youth Shelters – the only shelters for youth in the city.   On December 6, more than 700 community members will sleepout to raise funds & awareness for solutions to youth homelessness in Ottawa. Anyone can create a team and join YSB’s SleepOUT for Youth event! There are over 1000 homeless young people in Ottawa every year. Solutions exist. You can give help and hope to homeless youth: join YSB’s SleepOUT for youth event on December 6th by visiting sleepout.ysb.ca

Contributors: Shannon Gilchrist & Tara Porter


The Flowgin

The Flowgin is an easy way to enjoy your green juice in a party or social atmosphere. This cocktail combines locally produced Top Shelf Gin from Perth, Ontario with Pure Kitchen’s cold pressed organic Flow juice. Flow juice is comprised of kale, cucumber, apple, ginger, and lemon. This combination with the addition of soda water creates a well balanced and noticeably green cocktail. This drink is easy to make at home as the Flow juice, like all Pure Kitchen juices, is available “to go” in a sixteen ounce bottle.

Recipe (Build in a cocktail shaker)

  • 1½ oz Top Shelf Gin

  • ½ oz Lime juice

  • 3oz Pure Kitchen Cold Pressed Organic Flow Juice

  • Add ice

  • Shake

  • Strain into Collins glass over a light scoop of ice

  • Top with soda

  • Garnish with lemon

Contributor: Greg Boyd
Photographer: Ellina Rabbat

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Kale, Squash and Cranberry Salad

We’re sorry for all the boring salads you’ve ever consumed. This salad, however, does not fit into the ‘boring’ category and blends savoury, citrusy, sweet and tasty all in one bowl!

Contributor: Olivia Cruickshank, Co-Owner & Executive Chef

Yield: Serves 4
Time: 30 mins

  • 4 cups packed kale, destemmed, cleaned and rough chopped

  • ¼ cup dried cranberry

  • 2 cups roasted butternut squash

  • ½ of lemon maple dressing

  • ½ cup seed mix

  • ½ cup crumbled goat cheese or cheese of your choice

  • ¼ cup sunflower sprouts

Directions

  1. In a big mixing bowl, combine kale and dressing until massage dressing into the kale using tongs (or your hands).

  2. Add squash and cranberries, tossing them into the kale.

  3. Place kale mix onto platter or large plate, piling high in centre.

  4. Top with seed mix, cheese and sprouts.

 

Seed Mix

In a bowl, mix ingredients together until well combined. Spread out on a baking sheet (with parchment paper). Bake in a 300 oven for 10 – 12 minutes. Remove from oven, stir and let cool.

Once cooled, the seeds will break up nicely. The seed mix stores well in an airtight container for a couple of weeks.

  • 1 cup pumpkin seeds

  • 1 cup pecans, rough chopped

  • ½ cup hemp seeds

  • ½ cup maple syrup

  • 2 tbsp. Sunflower oil

  • 1 tsp salt

  • 1 ½ tsp cinnamon

  • ½ tsp cayenne

Roasted Butternut Squash

In a bowl, combine ingredients well. Place squash on a parchment lined baking sheet. Bake in a 350 oven for 20 minutes, or until tender. Remove from oven and let cool before using in salad.

  • 1 small butternut squash, ½” cubes

  • ¼ olive oil

  • 1 ½ tsp salt

  • 1 tsp pepper

Lemon Maple Vinaigrette

Place all of the ingredients into a blender. Turn to medium to combine. While running on medium, slowly add olive oil. Store in an airtight container.

  • 1 cup lemon juice

  • ½ cup maple syrup

  • 2 tsp salt

  • 1 tsp pepper

  • ½ tsp cinnamon

  • ¼ tsp cayenne

  • ⅛ tsp ground cumin

  • ½ cup olive oil


Community

Did you know that the Parkdale Food Centre  - tucked away on Rosemount Ave in Hintonburg - serves over 200 meals every week to just one community in Ottawa? We had the joy of spending a Thursday afternoon this month cooking a healthy, hot and delicious meal for 20 after school program youth. Six of our staff members (and a couple owners) spent 2 hours preparing a curried squash and lentil curry with rice (and we cut up some peanut butter rice crispy squares chef Simon had prepared) for their after school group - where for some it is their only hot meal in a day. With the help of Mealshare, they were able to add weekday lunches on top of dinner as the demand for more access to healthy meals was undeniable. Every Warrior Bowl you enjoy in house or to go at any of our locations helps to support feeding a youth in need in the 613! Buy one - give one.  Interested in doing something different this Holiday? Right now they’re looking for 45 more monthly donors to hit their yearly goal of 200 by the end of December! By the end of the year, they hope to be #200neighboursstrong. Check out the Parkdale Food Centre for more information.

Our Holiday charity this month is in support of the Ottawa Shoebox Project - a chapter of The Shoebox Project for Shelters charity:  a non-religious, unaffiliated charity, based on the values of equality, diversity and respect for all.  

The Ottawa drive is run entirely by volunteers and supported by our generous Ottawa business partners. The Project seeks from the public Shoeboxes filled with $50 worth of newly purchased little luxuries which they collect, quality check and then deliver to women who are homeless or at-risk of homelessness. Each Shoebox helps enhance the self-esteem and reduce feelings of isolation women in crisis face during the holiday season.

Our Kanata and Elgin locations are drop-off centres for this incredible charity! Consider getting youth in your life involved, hosting a party with your friends over good drink and food, organizing efforts with your coworkers or simply enjoying the process of making one yourself! For a full list of what can and cannot be included in your shoebox, along with a comprehensive drop-off location list - visit the Shoebox Project website here.

Contributors: Tara Porter & Ellina Rabbat Photography

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