I think this is an appropriate post for Earth Day because kale is a very dense and organic vegetable that reminds me of the well...earth. This has come to be my favorite way to prepare it - simply with other strong flavors that stand up against the green's power.
I don't know about you but I feel so healthy (like I'm really doing my body a favor) when I eat a huge bowl of dark leafy greens. If you want to read about all the reasons why kale is so great for you be my guest. I've summarized the big mama points:
- Help Prevents Cancer
- Optimizes Your Cell's Detoxification/Cleansing Ability
- Lower Cataract Risk
- Pro-vitamin A
- Promotes Lung Health
- A Healthy Dose of Vitamin C
- Protection Against Arthritis
- Manganese-Energy Production Plus Antioxidant Protection
- A Very Good Source of Fiber
- Vitamin E-rich Leafy Greens Slow Loss of Mental Function
- Cardiovascular Benefits
Simple Kale Saute:
1 big bunch kale
2 tablespoons olive oil
3 cloves garlic, sliced very thin
1 teaspoon (approximately-big sprinkle) red pepper flakes
1/4 cup Parmesan cheese
salt if needed
Trim the kale by pulling the leaves off from the center thick stem, tear or chop into bite sized pieces, then rinse & dry well.
Heat a large skillet to medium / high and add oil. You want to get the oil hot because you're really trying to stir-fry the greens very fast (rather than letting them cook slowly, releasing their water, and getting soggy...grossss).
Add the leaves (which should make a nice "pan is hot" noise when they hit) and play around with them, using tongs, for a three minuets. Add the garlic and red pepper - toss for another minute. Add the Parmesan cheese and combine...done!
Usually the parm is gives the greens enough salt but just taste and adjust if needed.
I couldn't not post this picture of Finn wearing his Earth Day Wild Pheasant Headdress...oh what we do when Nick is at the studio....