Kale braised for an addition to a meal is so good. Apart from making a dish on its own as in my recipe below, I put kale in soups and stir-fries. Learn more about Kale – 8 Health Benefits and Cautions
What is Kale
“Kale is one of the oldest forms of cabbage, originating in the eastern Mediterranean. Kale is thought to have been used as a food crop as early as 2000 B. C.” – Laurie Hodges, Ph. D. Extension Specialist.
Kale has a high mineral content of manganese, iron, calcium, potassium, and some vitamin E. It is also rich in Vitamin A and C and phytochemicals including sulforaphane and indoles, which may protect against cancer.
Researchers have identified over 45 different flavonoids in kale. Just two of these, kaempferol and quercetin, combine both antioxidant and anti-inflammatory benefits in a way that gives kale a leading dietary role with respect to avoidance of chronic inflammation and oxidative stress.
Braised Kale Recipe
1 pound kale (about one bunch)
2 cloves garlic, minced (optional)
2 tablespoons olive oil
¼ cup water
- Wash the kale; remove and discard the stems from the kale and tear it into bite-size pieces. Save the stems for another use, such as vegetable stock.
- In a large pot heat oil and lightly sauté garlic.
Add kale and water.
- Cook covered for 5 to 20 minutes until tender (The time also varies depending how old the kale is).
More Kale Recipes
Delicious Mandarin Orange Kale Salad – This is a very healthy and nutritious salad. The addition of the mandarin oranges makes it yummy.
Delicious Winter Grapefruit Green Smoothie – How about having a colourful grapefruit green smoothie for breakfast filled with nutritious greens, grapefruit, orange and flax seeds? Being warm, it is great for the winter and also helps with weight loss. This nutritious smoothie is very filling too.
Steamed Winter Vegetables This is one of my easy ways to prepare vegetables. Perfect for fall and winter seasonal eating.
Pear Green Smoothie All ingredients are alkalizing! A great way to start your day with a very nutritious green smoothie.
KABOCHA SQUASH SOUP This is for sure a delicious soup and with some kale in it makes it even more nutritious.