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InKredible Kale!

Kale is one of my favorite side veggies!!  Like other cruciferous vegetables (brocolli, cauliflower), this versatile green goes well with fish, chicken, lamb, and even steak. High in Vitamin K, A, and C, Kale is also known for it’s stregnth as an antioxidant, and anti-cancer and anti-inflamatory benefits.

But many people struggle with how to cook Kale. If it’s foreign to you, don’t let the tough leaves fool you – Kale is super easy to prepare, and delicious to eat. Here are 3 great ways to prepare Kale:

1) Steam & Saute — Cut the hard stem from about 5-6 leaves, and then cut the leaves into palm sized pieces. Steam in a vegetable steamer for about 15 minutes. Then in a frying pan, add 1 tbsp. Earth Balance butter + 1 tbsp. crushed garlic + 1 tsp. lemon juice. When butter is melted, add the steamed Kale and saute 1-2 minutes. Enjoy, as I did tonight with Salmon and Quinoa! (photo)

2) Kale Chips –  Pre heat oven to 400 degrees. Cut the hard stem from about 5-6 leaves, and then cut the leaves into bite sized pieces. Lay on a cookie sheet, then use a  spray Olive Oil to lightly cover the leaves. Sprinkle with Kosher salt, and bake for 15 minutes.

3) Raw Salad – Cut the hard stem from about 5-6 leaves, and then cut the leaves into bite sized pieces. Mix with cut romaine, and toss in a light caesar dressing.

Read up more on Kale here: http://whfoods.org/genpage.php?tname=foodspice&dbid=38

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This entry was posted on January 10, 2012 by in Food and Diet.
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