3.24.2011

Delicious Kale

So obviously with any healthy diet, the idea is to eat more vegetables, especially those dark leafy green ones. Unfortunately, since they are a little bitter and a little tougher than their popular cousin, Spinach, they are probably ignored more often then they should be. Too bad, because they are widely considered one of the healthiest foods a person can eat! They are loaded with essential vitamins, minerals, fiber, and even some good fatty acids. That said, they can also be delicious! Seriously. Here is a recipe for my favorite of the dark leafers: kale! This makes for a good light lunch, a side dish for dinner, or even a nice base to top with a poached egg for breakfast. Kale all day! Enjoy.

Kale with Italian Sausage

-1 link of good Italian sausage removed from casing (I like the spicy pork version in the Whole Foods meat section)
-1 small onion or half of a regular sized one...your call (sliced into small pieces)
-1 big bunch of Kale (washed and torn into small pieces off of the stems)
-1 clove of garlic, minced
-Apple cider vinegar
-Chicken stock
-Olive oil
-Pinch of nutmeg
-Pinch of red pepper flakes
-Salt and pepper

1. Heat a pan on medium/high with olive oil until nice and hot. Add sausage and break up with spatula until browned.
Sausage browning up

2. Remove sausage with slotted spoon to a bowl or plate lined with a paper towel and set aside. Add some olive oil if the pan is dry. Turn heat down a bit to medium and add onions, garlic, red pepper flakes, and a pinch of salt and pepper. Sauté until onions are soft and translucent.
If the onions start to brown, turn down the heat

3. Add torn kale and pour in some chicken stock (enough to make a little pool below the kale). Add a bit more salt, stir the kale and onions, and let the liquid begin to cook off. Let the mixture cook until the liquid is absorbed and the kale is soft.
Let it go until the liquid is almost gone.

4. As it’s finishing, add a nice sized splash of the vinegar and the nutmeg and toss it all around. Add the sausage back and mix it all up.
Some delicious greens.

Now get out there and eat your vegetables! 

4 comments:

Alexis Bessa said...

This is delicious!!!! LOVED it

kate lawyer said...

sounds delish! i'm totally trying this.

Megs said...

sounds delish! a side dish we make every week is kale chips...i LOVE them :)

DBax said...

Ya Megs! We love the chips too!