All Hail the Kale! (And sweet peas, chard, broccoli…)

Perhaps this post is coming too early – I was reassured that we have not yet even begun to hit peak kale. However, we know that some of you are awesome at eating your kale, while some of you… maybe you’re hiding it in the bottom of the compost when Brian and Jenny can’t see you. If you’re one of the latter, these recipes are for you – easy, basic, crazy delish. If you’re one of the former, please share your favorite kale recipes!

Quick Sauteed Kale

Ingredients

  • Kale (ahhahaha)
  • garlic or garlic scapes
  • 1-2T of butter or olive oil
  • salt and pepper
  • optional two dashes of vinegar (balsamic, white wine, red wine, whatever…)
  • splash of water

Strip the woody stems out of the kale and roughly chop the leaves. Heat up the butter in a pan you can cover, add a bit of salt. Chop the garlic scapes into smallish pieces (or press the garlic cloves right into the pan). Toss in the kale, stir until it’s coated with butter/oil. Throw in a dash or two of vinegar, if you so desire, and a splash of water (less than 1 tablespoon will do it). Stir to coat, and cover for a few mins to steam the kale just a bit. Keep testing and stirring until it’s just before done (has a crunch you still like). Remove from the heat, salt and pepper to taste, serve immediately.

So yeah, that’s it. Easy, peasy! Or Easy, kalsey? Okay, okay, I’ll stop.

Basic sauteed kale can be dressed up a TON of ways or added to a whole feast of other dishes. You might try:

  • Using it  to top a baked egg dish or using it as almond filling
  • Mixing in parboiled sweet potato chunkss and marinated tempeh
  • Tossing it with some pasta and parmesan
  • Blending it into some mashed potatoes along with some caramelized onions and grated cheese
  • Adding in some hot pepper, cumin, onions and pepper and use a bit of lime juice instead of the vinegar

The best things to do with kale you don’t know if you’re going to eat (other than the suggestions above) is to try blanching/freezing it to store, making kale chips, or just throwing a few leaves (stripped of the stems) into your blender with your smoothie. Or, y’know, just hide it in the compost. Just take the rubber band off first.

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