All Hail to the Powerful Kale!

I’ve loved green, leafy vegetables for as long as I can remember. Heck, I ate them before they became trendy. I didn’t even know they were good for me! In the summertime, my mom would make spinach salad with fresh picked spinach from our garden, hard cooked eggs, bacon, and a hot bacon/vinegar dressing. This was one of my favorite meals!

I even ate cooked spinach as a kid! (With butter of course…not that that would make it any less weird, but still…)

And beet greens? OMG!

Kale, however, wasn’t on my radar until a couple of years ago. I can’t even remember how I first tried it. It must have made quite an impression on me though, since I proceeded to plant some kale in my own little makeshift garden a couple of summers ago.

I never ran short of kale eating ideas.

I rubbed the leaves with olive oil and sea salt, and baked them into kale chips.

I massaged the leaves with avocado, lemon and sea salt for salads.

I blanched the leaves and used it as a base for my “decomposed casseroles” (bowls).

I blended it into my smoothies.

And now, my latest addiction is steaming it with liquid aminos and nutritional yeast!

You just can’t go wrong with kale!

Check out the dv’s (daily nutritional values) for one cup of chopped kale:

5% daily fiber

4% protein

206% vitamin A

134% vitamin C

684% vitamin K

9% vitamin B6

9% calcium

6% iron

Dang! Tons of nutrition AND it’s super easy to include in any meal of the day, from breakfast, to snacks, to dinner!

Here’s my “recipe” for steamed kale!

Start with a bundle of kale...

Start with a bundle of kale…

destem, tear into pieces, and rinse...

destem, tear into pieces, and rinse…

place in a pan, drizzle in some water, and cover with a lid...

place in a pan, drizzle in some water, and cover with a lid…

Cook on medium low for about 10 minutes.

Cook on medium low for about 10 minutes. (The steam messed with my picture taking.)

A little liquid aminos, and a little nutritional yeast...

Add a little liquid aminos, and a little nutritional yeast…

douse liberally...

douse liberally with liquid aminos and nutritional yeast…

Cover with a lid and turn off the burner.

Cover with a lid and turn off the burner.

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Place in a bowl, and sprinkle with more nutritional yeast!

So now you have a super kale side dish, as the liquid aminos and nutritional yeast add another powerful nutrition punch!

How do you like to eat your leafy greens?

 

2 thoughts on “All Hail to the Powerful Kale!

    • Kale chips are awesome…and easy! Just remove stalk, tear kale into bite size pieces (after washing, of course), pat dry, massage kale with olive oil/sea salt and bake at 425 degrees until they start to brown on the edges!

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