You guys, jet-lagged babies are the worst! The. Worst.
But, you can hardly blame them when you’re the jerks who turned their carefully-constructed routine upside down, subjected them to nearly 40 (yes, forty) hours of door-to-door travel, including a 10-hour layover between two red-eye flights, and an 11-hour time change, which is pretty much as obnoxious as a time change can get. And really, after all that our little dude was probably one of the least cranky travellers we came across (I never get stressed-out cranky travellers – we have a common goal, folks! Everyone’s trying to get somewhere, can’t we just work together? No? You gotta shove past my baby so you can get through security five seconds faster? Ok then. Do your thing.).
And you guys, after all that, after 40 hours of travel, we arrived home utterly exhausted, wanting nothing more than to crawl into bed and sleep as much as we could before our jet-lagged baby decided it was time to party, only to discover that there had been a power outage while we were away and our fridge and freezer had been off for more than two weeks.
More than. Two. Weeks.
Let me tell you, it was down right traumatizing.
And heartbreaking, too. The fridge wasn’t so bad because we had cleared it out before we went away, but the freezer was a swamp. All those freezer meals I’d cleverly tucked away for moments exactly like that – too tired to cook, hungry, desperate for a healthy meal after such a long trip – all of the homemade baby food I’d lovingly frozen into individual portions, all of the frozen fruit and cheese and muffins and freezer burritos and soups and stews. Everything gone.
There wasn’t much else to do but dust ourselves off and handle the situation. Paul valiantly tackled the freezer while I kept our mobile small person out of his hair and tried to create a sense of order in our place (we’d had the apartment painted while we were away, so everything had been unplugged and moved around and was its own kind of disaster to come home to, though lesser so). Then, once the little fella was secured in his bed for an all too short sleep, I headed out into the bracing cold for essential groceries and a couple of take-out pizzas.
Maybe you don’t consider kale to be among your essential groceries, but I do. Not just for its greenness and its fundamental respite from travel eating, but for its impressive durability. You can abuse kale, slopping it with dressing and tossing it to the back of a cold fridge, and it will be fine. Better than fine, even. It’s stoic in the face of neglect, just chilling out, tenderizing, biding its time until you’re ready.
And let’s not overlook the health aspect, especially when it comes to this lightened up kale caesar. The dressing is yoghurt-based and free from eggs and fish. Rather, it gets its classic pungency from decidedly unclassic miso paste and a bit of soy sauce (I prefer liquid aminos, but either is fine). I’ve gone all Scando and used cubes of oven-toasted rye for the croutons, a flavour that stands up to the bite of kale and says, “I see you.”
Plus, like most kale salads, this can be dressed in advanced and will keep in the fridge for the better part of a week. Leave the croutons off until you’re ready to eat in order to preserve their crunch – but they, too, can be made in advance and simply kept in an air-tight container until it’s go time. Perfect for packed lunches, make-ahead dinners, or for those bleary-eyed moments when you’ve been up all night with a jet-lagged baby and are desperate for something healthy.
You’ll find the full recipe over on Oh My Veggies.
Kale is a nutritional powerhouse! It is extraordinarily rich in micronutrients, dietary fiber, anti-oxidant and anti-inflammatory nutrients, and cancer fighting glucosinolates. Kale is a good source of vitamin C, beta-carotene, manganese, and contains nearly twice the vitamin K (essential for blood clotting and also an important anti-inflammatory agent) than any other cruciferous vegetable (broccoli, cabbage, etc). Iron, magnesium, vitamin E, folate, and phosphorous are among the complement of vital minerals found in kale.