My Copycat Kale Cranberry Pepita Salad Recipe

You can see from a previous post my love for Central Market’s Kale Cranberry Pepita salad. I don’t live close to a Central Market so I’m not able to get my hands on it that often, not to mention it’s $5.99/lb! Going by the ingredient label on the salad container I decided to try and make my own. It came out excatly like the real thing! Here’s the recipe, let me know what you think!


1 large bunch of raw, rinsed, stemmed and chopped kale (yields about 6 cups)

1/2 cup canola oil

1/4 cup rice wine vinegar

1/2 cup orange juice

1/8 cup soy sauce

1 tsp minced onions (in lieu of shallots)

1 tsp ground ginger

1 handful craisins or dried cranberries

1 handful roasted pepitas (shelled pumpkin seeds)

1 handful chopped or slivered almonds (roasted or raw)

pinch of salt & pepper

1/2 tsp salt

Optional: slivers of candied ginger to taste (I don’t like it, but it’s in the original salad)


Mix all of the ingredients except for the cranberries and seeds together in bowl with a whisk until well combined. Pour on top of kale and mix well until all leaves coated. Sprinkle on the cranberries, almonds and pepitas. Let salad sit for at least 1 hour in the fridge so that kale softens up a bit. Best if eaten the next day!

You can see mine looks just like the store bought kind and tastes the same too!


Rave: Best Salad in All the Land

Take a look at this:


This is a kale and pepita salad with orange vinegarette and cranberry dressing from Central Market. It is SO yummy and kale is really good for you.

Looks easy to make too…kale, roasted pepitas, craisins, almonds and candied ginger. The dressing is just olive oil, orange juice, rice vinegar, and a little salt.

If you let it sit for a while before eating, the kale will soften up. It’s best the 2nd day!

Spicy Sauteed Shrimp with Garlic Brown Rice

This is a heart healthy light meal that will have your tastebuds dancing for joy! 




Brown Long Grain Rice

1/2 white onion, chopped

2 cloves garlic, chopped

Red Pepper flakes to taste

Salt to taste

1/2 tsp basil leaves

2 tbs Olive Oil

Vegetable Broth

1 lb cleaned,  peeled shrimp, deveined




Prepare rice according to package directions, except substitue vegetable broth for water to add flavor.  Set aside


In a medium skillet, heat 1 tbs of the olive oil, add garlic and onion.  Sautee until onions are tender.  Add salt and red pepper to taste.  Spoon garlic mixture into prepared rice and stir to mix flavors.


In same skillet, heat remaining 1 tbs of olive oil and sautee shrimp until pink (about 3-4 minutes).  Season with basil and salt to taste.  Add additional red pepper flakes if you like it hot!


Serve dishes separately or mix together for a spicy, garlicky shrimp and rice bowl!

Vegan Blueberry Pancakes

The thought of cooking and baking without eggs or egg products really was mind boggling to me so I decided I would try to turn a few favorites into egg-less vegan versions.  One of my first attempts were these blueberry pancakes.  You can use frozen blueberries but fresh just makes them taste so much better!


1 1/2 cup flour (you can use white or whole wheat)

2 tsp baking powder

1/2 tsp salt

1 tsp apple cider vinegar

1 cup almond milk

1 cup fresh blueberries


Pour almond milk in a small bowl and mix in vinegar.  Set aside.

Sift together dry ingredients into large bowl.

Add in almond milk mixture and mix until blended.  If the mixture seems too pasty or thick you can add in a bit more milk until you reach your desired consistency.

Add blueberries and stir.

Drop 1/4 cup at a time onto a greased, heated griddle, turn over once during cooking.

Makes about 10-12 4-5inch pancakes.

Vegetarian Chili

The picture I took for this just didn’t come out quite right so you’ll have to use your imagination.

It is a quick meal to put together as long as you pre-cook your lentils! Even my husband liked this lentil-packed chili just as much as the real beefy kind.


1 cup pre-cooked lentils
1 can diced tomatoes
1 can red beans
1 packet chili mix (I prefer French’s Chili-O)


Mix all ingredients together and cook until boiling! Add cheese or toppings, Yep, that’s it!

Chefs De France Quick Review

I am having some major issues integrating this blog into my Yahoo hosted WordPress blog so in the meantime while I fight with getting everything straight….I didn’t want more time to go by without posting something fun.

This will be the quickest, shortest review of Chefs De France in EPCOT.  I thought about posting it because that lunch is one of our very favorite Disney memories.  We had not idea that we would get a visit from a special someone…….

Of course we made an ADR and so there was no wait.  We had one of the first 11am reservations.  Here’s a shot of our food….yum!

This was the soup and salad BEFORE the meal.  I must’ve gobbled down my entree before thinking about taking a picture of it!  But I did get a picture of the dessert….

The waiter came by and was very much interested in getting his picture taken….handsome, no?

We told him we were very happy to see him however …..what’s on the table??

Awe Remy….Amber wanted to touch him but the waiter advised against it.  He said he didn’t know where Amber’s hands had been and you know….Remy must stay sanitary for the kitchen!

BEST meal in all of WDW!

WDW Eats (and drinks) Not to be Missed!

We all have our favorites when visiting the parks…the food that makes your mouth water just by thinking about them.  I’m not talking your normal amusement park fare either…I’m talking about the good stuff you can only get at Walt Disney World!  What is your favorite?

Dole Whip – Magic Kingdom Adventureland

After you make your way down Main Street USA, take a left and cross over the bridge and under the “Adventureland” sign.  On your right at Aloha Isle you will find the most delectable frozen dessert you will ever experience.  A mix between ice cream and pineapple sherbet, the Dole Whip is a must-eat while you are visiting the Magic Kingdom.  You can get it straight up, swirled or as a float with pineapple juice (my personal favorite) It is especially refreshing after a long, hot Florida afternoon!  Yum! Don’t like pineapple?  You can get regular ice cream there but don’t feel bad if people look at you funny…

Grand Marnier Orange Slush – EPCOT, France

Another cold drink here — did I mention that Florida is HOT?  No time of day is the wrong time to enjoy one of these tasty concoctions!  This is definitely one that I never miss when visiting EPCOT.  I usually eat and drink my way through the World Showcase anyway but this is the icing on the cake.  It tastes like an orange slurpee with that little extra “punch” of the Grand Marnier.  My only complaint?  The glass is too small!

Frozen Chocolate Covered Bananas – All Parks

I am not an ice cream fan.  Ice cream is too heavy and the milk just doesn’t seem to sit right, especially if you are enjoying rides like Tower of Terror.  The frozen banana is one of the cheapest of the frozen treats offered at the several snack carts scattered around the parks.  If you don’t like peanuts or can’t eat them, then this one might not be for you because it is covered in yummy frozen chocolate and rolled in chopped peanuts.  My favorite place to have one?  At the Magic Kingdom inside Tomorrowland near the entrance to the Tomorrowland Raceway.  There is a nice shaded area there with benches in which you can sit and enjoy!

The Kitchen Sink Sundae – Beaches and Cream, Disney Beach Club Resort

We found this gem of a place a few years ago when my parents were staying at the Beach Club resort in the EPCOT area.  It was packed with people so we could tell right away it was very good.  While eating, all of a sudden lights and sirens started going off and we hear people yelling “Kitchen Sink!”.  What is the Kitchen Sink Sundae?  Well here you go:

Ladle of Chocolate Fudge
Ladle of Butterscotch
Ladle of Peanut butter
2 Scoops Vanilla Ice Cream
2 Scoops Chocolate Ice Cream
2 Scoops Strawberry Ice Cream
1 Scoop Coffee Ice Cream
1 Scoop Mint Chocolate Chip Ice Cream
Pineapple Topping
Strawberry Topping
Entire Banana
Entire Can of Whipped Cream
Large Brownie
Angel Food Cake
Entire Milky Way Bar
4 Oreos
Every single type of sprinkle in the house
Chocolate Syrup
Marshmallow Topping
And topped with a handful of Maraschino Cherries

Hope you bring your army with you if you wish to tackle this monster on your next visit!