How to Cook Kale Greens – Sauteed Kale with Garlic
When one decides to get healthy, or even a little healthier, they reach for the nutrient-dense kale. You see a big bunch of kale at your local farmers market and you excitedly grab a big bunch.
You bring it home and you realize you have no idea how to cook kale.
There are a lot of recipes on “how to cook kale greens,” or “how to cook kale,” but what you really need to know is the steps you need to take from start to finish, once you take that kale out of the bag.
Our first piece of advice is – don’t put the kale away. Prep your kale for dinner that night or to use throughout the week. Do not put the kale away until it’s prepped!
- Wash the kale thoroughly, making sure to get all the curly leaves clean. Let drip dry in your colander.
- Using a small sharp knife, carefully cut the center rib out of each piece of kale.
- Cut the kale into very small pieces.
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Put all of the kale in a air-tight container to use for smoothies, steam for breakfast, or continue on and make yummy Sauteed Kale with Garlic.
- 1 bunch of fresh kale, cleaned and ribs removed. Chopped into small pieces
- 1-2 tablespoons olive oil
- 2-3 cloves of garlic
- 2 tablespoons water
- 2 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese
- Using a large skillet over lower heat, gently saute the garlic in olive oil.
- Turn the heat to medium and add the kale; continue to saute for about 3-4 minutes, stirring constantly with a spatula.
- Lightly salt & pepper the kale and add a few tablespoons of water while cooking. The steam will help to soften the kale.
- Once the kale is cooked & softened, sprinkle the Parmesan cheese over all.
- Stir in the cheese and serve the kale!
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For this kale recipe, we used RED KALE! We love Red Kale! Read more on why you should use red kale whenever you can find it.
Why Red Kale Trumps Standard Kale
Everyone knows that kale is one of the best super foods available at the grocers and its recent increase in popularity proves that it does what it says it does. Kale makes for an excellent addition to lunches and dinners and can provide you with a whole plethora of added health benefits beyond being a leafy Brassica family vegetable.
When it comes to kale, there are 4 different variants that are available; Curly kale, Red Russian kale, Lacinto kale and Redbor kale. Curly kale is probably the one that springs to mind when thinking of this vegetable, but this article is going to focus on Redbor kale and how it is different from standard Curly kale.
Primarily, the first difference is the color. The reason Redbor kale is a deep purple is due to its anthocyanin content, or as they are more commonly known flavonoids. Flavenoids produce red, pink and purple shades in plants and provide some amazing health benefits from antioxidant properties to being studied as a way to fight cancerous cells. The nutrient dense Rebor kale packs a powerful punch of vitamins and minerals ranging from Vitamins A and C, iron, potassium, calcium, fiber and protein.
The next distinction between Redbor kale and Curly kale is the flavor. Redbor has a mild yet nutty flavor with an earthy and sweet aftertaste when compared to standard kale. This edible plant is also grown for ornamental purposes in gardens around the world due to its striking color and can often be found planted alongside purple cauliflowers. When it comes to nutrition Redbor and Curly kale are almost identical, with Redbor containing slightly more antioxidant properties.
Redbor kale also proves as a better way to introduce children to the vegetable as the color and flavor are better suited to the younger palette (we all know kids aversions to green things.) As with all types of kale, too much of a good thing can cause you more harm than good, and over consumption can cause issues with your thyroid and kidneys. As a simple rule of thumb, you can enjoy a daily serving of kale without concern but don’t have it for breakfast, lunch, and dinner 7 days a week.
Kale, no matter its color or variation makes for a fantastic addition to meals and helps provide the body with much-needed vitamins and minerals and its antioxidant properties can help build a strong immune system and overall improved sense of health and well-being.SHARE THIS STUFF!