Why do I love kale?
Well, it’s the first thing I’ve been able to grow out here in the desert that hasn’t been decimated by the local fauna. Apparently, they find spinach much tastier than kale. Here’s my last harvest of kale for the year:
Second, it’s AMAZINGLY HEALTHY for you!!! It’s high in fiber, iron, and anti-oxidants and low in calories and fat. It can help to lower cholesterol and fight asthma, arthritis, and autoimmune disease. It’s high in vitamins A & C and is also high in calcium.
Are you interested in eating more kale but don’t know how to incorporate it into your diet? Here’s a few ideas:
-Add raw kale into your salads. Cut out the center rib, and then rip/cut the leaves into smaller bite sizes to mix in with your regular selection of greens.
-Throw kale into soups and stews.
-Add it into smoothies.
-Sauté kale as a side dish with garlic (Thanks Ruth, for the idea! She recommends it sauteed in coconut oil. Yum!)
-Make kale chips: Remove the ribs. Cut leaves into chip-size pieces and then lightly drizzle with olive oil and sprinkle with salt. Toss to coat. Spread your kale on a baking sheet and bake for about 20 minutes at 275˚, turning once about halfway through.
KALE AND PASTA TOSS (serves about 3 adults – or 2 adults and 2 kids)
1 large bunch of kale, washed and chopped (ribs removed)
1/2 lb pasta, choose your favorite (I like elbow, my kids love the bow-ties, etc.)
3 Tbs olive oil
3 cloves garlic, minced
2 Tbs lemon juice
1/2 cup Parmesan cheese, grated
1/4 cup almonds, chopped or slivered
Dash red pepper flakes
Salt and Pepper
-Get a large pot of water boiling. Add a couple of pinches of salt.
-Next, fill a large bowl about 2/3 full of ice water
-Don’t dump out your hot water! Use it to cook your pasta after you’ve got the kale in the ice water bath.
-Meanwhile, heat a skillet over medium low heat and add the olive oil.
-When the oil is hot, add the minced garlic and a dash of red pepper flakes. Cook only about 3 minutes. You don’t want to scorch the garlic.
-The pasta should be done about this point so go ahead and drain it. Add the kale mixture to the pasta and mix well.
-Add the lemon juice, almonds, and parmesan and stir well.