Monday, February 25, 2013

Kale

Plain and simple....Kale!
I've been adding this dark green leafy and very healthy vegetable to our plates. No one is complaining about this new addition to our meals.

There really is no recipe...just follow the simple steps below.

1)Wash Kale.
2)To remove stem from Kale, hold end of stem in one hand and pull down along stem with other hand. Leaves will pull away nicely from the bigger centre stem. Discard large stem.
2)Add several inches of water and 1 slice of lemon to a low pot that has a lid. (if doing a large amount of Kale add an extra slice of lemon) Place cleaned and stemmed Kale into pot. Place lid onto pot.
3)Place pot with Kale over high heat and allow to come to a full boil.
4)Turn burner to low and allow Kale to steam. Lift lid every couple of minutes to turn leaves, making sure that all the Kale leaves are all softening. Do this until Kale is bright green and soft....but not limp. It only takes 5-8 minutes depending on how much is in your pot. It's better to serve it a bit firm rather than limp and soggy.
5)Drain well, discard lemon and serve.

An extra squeeze of lemon and a dash of lemon pepper really adds a nice finishing touch.


13 comments:

  1. I've been hearing so much about Kale and bought some a few weeks ago. I looked for recipes on the internet and didn't see anything much that appealed other than soups. Thanks for the simple idea. Anyone else have any tried and true recipes for Kale?

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    1. I do like it added to potato soups, with or without sausage. But I also fix it with beans in a dish based on the italian escarole and bean soup. I just lightly saute some onions, add some chicken broth and handfuls of chopped kale, then when it starts to wilt I add cooked or canned great northern beans. jThen season to taste with salt and summer savory. I just don't use that much broth so it winds up about the consistency of ham and beans. A bit of ham, bacon or sausage would add a bit of flavor, but is optional in my opinion. With a slice of homemade bread it is a meal at our house.

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  2. Something that I have eaten as a child and we love in our house is Kale. It's a dutch meal called "BoerenKool" with sausage... YUM! If you are looking for ways to use Kale, this is great
    and a wonderful One Pot dish.

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  3. What a delicious way to eat Kale! It is one of the healthiest greens out there for sure. I like to freeze the kale and then add several handsful to my morning smoothies. I am going to try growing it in my garden this summer.

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  4. What a yummy meal. My daughter got us eating kale.

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  5. An old favourite in the UK, can add ready cooked to mashed potato, yams and parsnips with a little chopped red onion sauted in butter then pop in an oven dish and top with either grated cheese or buttered bread crumbs, brown under the grill.

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  6. this is my most favorite way - and it's weight watchers!
    Kale with Bacon and Cannellini Beans

    Weight Watchers Recipe

    Prep time: 10 min
    Cook time: 25 min

    Serves: 4
    A fantastic combination of flavors and textures. Serve as a side dish, use as a pasta topping or enjoy as a room temperature salad.
    Ingredients
    3 slice(s) uncooked reduced-fat bacon
    3 clove(s) (medium) garlic clove(s), minced
    1/2 tsp crushed red pepper flakes
    1 cup(s) (chopped) uncooked onion(s), diced
    1 pound(s) uncooked kale, stemmed, roughly chopped
    1 cup(s) canned chicken broth, or beef broth
    15 oz canned cannellini beans, rinsed and drained
    1 tsp kosher salt
    1 Tbsp balsamic vinegar
    1 tsp sugar, in the raw

    Instructions:

    Set a large, heavy pot or skillet over medium heat; add bacon and cook to desired crispness. Remove bacon from pot and set aside; leave bacon drippings in pot.

    Add garlic and red pepper flakes to bacon drippings; cook, stirring, until garlic becomes fragrant, about 30 seconds to 1 minute. Add onion; cook, stirring occasionally, until soft, about 7 minutes. Add kale; cook, stirring occasionally, until it starts to wilt, about 5 to 7 minutes. Add broth; cover and simmer over low heat until kale is just tender, about 5 to 10 minutes. Add beans; simmer, uncovered, until liquid is almost evaporated, about 5 to 7 minutes. Stir in salt, vinegar and sugar; sprinkle with crumbled bacon and serve immediately. Yields about 1 1/4 cups per serving.

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  7. This is just beautiful! Feel the nutrition.

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  8. Love that this is a recipe - simple and easy - for just kale! Usually there is a list of ingredients and some dish that you don't really know what is supposed to be the star ingredient! I also love this picture! I want to print it off and put it on the fridge! I think it is the best picture of a meal that I have ever seen! The colours are bright and the food looks real and tasty! I will be sharing this on facebook if you have it posted there!
    Thanks!

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  9. Wonderful! We have a greenhouse full of kale and collards and have been contentedly munching away at them all winter long. I'll be so sad when we have to replace those beds with other crops this spring!

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  10. This looks wonderful. Next time try browning the little (hopefully new) potatos, in butter and suger and serve them over a bed of creamed kale. Roast pork and candied potatos, very Danish and very good!!

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  11. Never eaten Kale until I was 62. Love it. I just boil it and have it with salt, pepper and butter. so good.

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