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
-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!