Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Eat Your Kale

Kale, it does a body good!  It's high in beta carotene, vitamin K and reasonably rich in calcium.  I've liked kale since I was a child.  For some reason, my mother served us spinach from a can.  I think the only vegetable worse than spinach to put in a can is asparagus.  Yes, mother served canned asparagus too!  I digress.  Perhaps because it didn't come in a can, mother prepared fresh kale.  She usually simmered it in enough water to make "pot likker".  That would be for cornbread sopping.  I've recently discovered that raw kale is delicious in a salad.  My husband said he preferred his cooked.  So, I used the rest of the raw kale and cooked it to serve with that roasted chicken.

While a side of cornbread would have been quite good, we settled for oven-roasted potatoes to round out the meal.



Kale, Simmered with Garlic and Balsamic Vinegar inspired by my mother 
                                                                                                                   

1 large bunch of kale
1 Tbsp vegetable oil
3 garlic cloves, minced (the whole garlic cloves in the photo were roasted w/the potatoes)
1/2 cup water
Salt to taste
1/4 tsp crushed red pepper flakes or to taste
1 Tbsp balsamic vinegar

1.  Trim kale and discard the stems.  Rough chop the leaves.
2.  In a large pot, saute the kale leaves in the oil until just starting to wilt.  Add the minced garlic and saute for a minute longer.
3.  Stir in the water, salt and red pepper flakes.  Bring to a boil.  Reduce the heat, cover and simmer about 20 minutes or until kale is tender.
4.  Remove from heat and stir in the vinegar.

ENJOY!

31 comments:

  1. Our girls cooked a delicous quinoa for us Sunday with lots of veggies and parmesan cheese. The last veg they added was kale. It was the first time I had ever eaten it. YUM

    fondly,
    Glenda

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  2. I don't remember eating this as a child. Always had spinach and swiss chard though. This winter I cooked kale, but we both found it had a bitter lingering taste. Perhaps cutting it with the balsamic vinegar would do the trick. Lots of mustard greens and collards down here also which I am no that fond of because of the bitter taste. Perhaps I just don't know how to prepare it.

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  3. I don't cook mine quite that long and I have never added the vingar, but other than those minor changes, we LOVE kale prepared this way. I have not eaten it raw. Think I might be with Andrew.

    Bonnie, it is hard to imagine that a year has passed so quickly. I am so glad we *met*! I am sure we will cross paths one day in your old hometown! blessings ~ tanna

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  4. I seem to see kale more in the south--or am I thinking collard greens? Your recipe sounds good ... I've always preferred spinach, but your seasoning would be good with that too.

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  5. Oh, those canned veggies!!! When I was growing up, with the exception of corn on the cob (which is really a starch, not a vegetbale!!), we never ate a single fresh veggie. Canned peas and canned green beans were an every night occurrence. Maybe it was just part of the climate of the 60's and 70's...I don't remember any of my friends having gardens and eating fresh veggies.

    Anyhow, I never have been exposed to kale. Though I DO like spinach, so I suppose there is no good reason to not try kale. Maybe one of these days...your recipe does sound good.

    Have a great day,
    Patti

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  6. just starring to discover and add kale to my meals; had no idea you could also eat it raw. Great sounding recipe and worth a try; thanks.
    Rita

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  7. don't even know what kale is, the picture looks a lot like collard greens to me, which i love and daddy grew. i was raised on collards, turnips and mustard greens but never had kale. we ate corn bread in the pot likker just like you described. and the only spinach and asparagus i have eaten is from the can. remember i have said before i don't COOK

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  8. My mother served canned potatoes and canned carrots so we could have a taste test to see which is worse. Now kale that is good for you as well as delicious although I have only ever had it in colcannon and Portuguese soup!

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  9. I adore kale...and spinach...and Swiss chard...and...

    I make a sausage, bean and kale soup at my diner that is very delicious and very popular and for that reason I have every intention of growing it this year. Well I have a plan but mother nature might have another...

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  10. I'll have to try this method of cooking it for my Southern son-in-law. Bob and I don't eat enough of the deep greens and this recipe sounds like a great way to add more to our diet. I hope you have a great day. Blessings...Mary

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  11. I totally totally adore kale! And i love the way you've prepared it here. Simple and satisfying.

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  12. Hi Bonnie, I grew up eating kale... My Mom would cook it and the thing I remember was that (since we didn't have AC), the doors and windows were opened. The smell of Kale cooking would draw TONS of flies to the back door... Crazy what one remembers from childhood!!!

    I love Turnip Greens and just bought some today to cook... YUM...

    Hugs,
    Betsy

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  13. Would you believe I have never tried kale? My son knows how to cook it quite well, though. But nevermind all that, I have to tell you something. I made your potato salad last night and it was the BEST potato salad EVER!!! Phil is in love with it, we had it for dinner last night with sandwiches. And enough left over for dinner tonight, too. I went to the grocery store today and was looking at the deli potato salads and they were just dripping with dressing and didn't look half as good as this homemade.

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  14. What a lovely side dish for roast chicken!

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  15. You can delete this comment since it has nothing to do with your post. I am just responding to your question/comment on my movie blog.

    Could it be "With a Song in My Heart," starring Susan Hayward. She is one of my favorite actresses (second only to Bette Davis). She did a movie like that, about a real life singer named Lillian Froman. Not sure if that is the movie you mean.

    I have never seen "That Hamilton Woman" so you are ahead of me on that one. It's been on my "want to see" list for awhile...just haven't had the time. You know...so many movies...only so much time.

    Have a great day,
    Patti

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  16. I love kale. I've never cooked it down, but I bet it is delicious. Hugs! Bonnie

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  17. I love, love, love kale! I like it in salads too. Thanks for sharing the recipe. Hope you have a blessed Easter. Carla

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  18. I have some kale waiting to be used and this sounds like a perfect way to use it. I love it in soup too.

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  19. I have never had Kale....but have always wanted to know how to make it....NOW I KNOW!!

    thanks,

    Jo

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  20. Kale, huh? Everyone is talking about kale right now. I'm totally clueless. I looked at the store today for it with no success :( I will find it tho! And when I do I'll whip up this dish and wow everyone.

    Thanks so much for sharing :)

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  21. I've never heard of Kale before. I will have to try it.

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  22. I would gladly eat kale, I love it! And the fact that it's so healthy makes me happy to eat it. Nice recipe :)

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  23. Love how you did your kale. I have been meaning to buy some so I could make kale chips for my little boy (he is 2). I think he would love them

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  24. I grew up eating kale in Portuguese Kale Soup. I've never fixed it any other way! This sounds good; I'll have to try it.

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  25. I like kale. I have only recently discovered it myself. Kale is under appreciated. We need more folks to discover the mild flavor.
    Yours looks really good.

    Velva

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  26. I only recently started eating kale but I adore it. It is so much better cooked than spinach!

    The mixture of kale and garlic in this dish sounds perfect.

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  27. As a child, I had never seen or heard of kale. It's only been in the last few years that I've fallen in veggie love with it. I'll soon hopefully share some of my recipes too. In the meantime, I really will want to make your recipe next time a beautiful bunch of kale calls me ;o)

    Bonnie, have yourself a very pleasurable day,
    Claudia

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  28. Never tried it with balalmic - looks delicious! What time is dinner....
    xo Cathy

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  29. Thanks, I love Kale. I know people that like vinegar on their spinach. This is one I will definitely try. Thanks for this addition today.

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  30. I love love love kale, it is probably one of the most nutritious veggies that you can consume, and is soooo good sauteed with garlic.

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