A few years ago I did something that would be any child's worst nightmare: I hosted a salad party. Now that is my idea of a good time, people. I mean, salads are just so versatile and delicious. They can be sweet, savory, crunchy, exotic, fruity, leafy and sooo much more.Read More
If you've been reading for a while, you know how much I love salads. They are one of my specialties and I love experimenting with different veggies and dressings. I occasionally get stuck on (obsessed with) a salad and stop thinking of other possibilities.Read More
We got a thick blanket of snow overnight and I am loving it. I might sing a different tune a few months from now, but it's so pretty out there and the cold is exhilarating. I promised my boys some snow play time after school today, so I am getting geared up for forts and snowmen!Read More
My boys and I are smack in the middle of what I call getting back into the groove. I am consistently (freakishly, perhaps) putting the little boys to bed at ridiculously early times each evening and feeding them food that is healthier than anything they have seen in months.Read More
It's smoothie season, right?! Well alright, it's nearly smoothie season. More snow is heading our way, so we aren't out of the woods yet here in Minnesota. That hasn't stopped me from making a ton of smoothies for my boys and myself. This cherry-pineapple version is my favorite concoction so far.Read More
You are not going to believe me when I say that kale chips are DELICIOUS! Not just tolerable, but DELICIOUS. Yes, kale! That nutrient-packed, leafy vegetable that you ignore in the produce aisle! This is by far the best kale experience I have ever had. I wish I had discovered this little secret long ago.Read More
This recipe brings together a great blend of flavors that you actually forget you are eating a super food and it's GOOD for you!
Prior to this past summer, I had never knowingly eaten kale. I knew it was a leafy vegetable that could be found in the produce section at the grocery store, and that was the extent of my kale wisdom. Then I took part in a vegetable share and kale started showing up on my doorstep every other week (among many other wonderful veggies). That was my cue to learn more about this mysterious green vegetable.
Kale is considered a "super food." That means that it is really, really, really good for you. It is loaded with nutrients such as vitamin A, beta-carotene and vitamin C and other disease-fighting compounds. It is rich in minerals such as calcium, iron, manganese and potassium. Ok, I could go on and on, really. Suffice it to say that it is an amazing food and that it is beneficial to consume it.
I found a few different ways to prepare kale, and this recipe is a favorite. It brings together such a great blend of flavors that I actually forget I am eating a super food!
Chop one small onion.
Heat 2 Tablespoons of olive oil in a skillet over medium heat.
Stir in the chopped onion and 2 minced cloves of garlic.
Cook and stir until the onion softens, about 5 minutes.
Add to the skillet:
1 Tablespoon mustard
1 Tablespoon sugar
1 Tablespoon cider vinegar
14 oz. chicken broth
Bring to a boil and stir in 2 bunches of kale, stemmed and torn into medium-sized pieces.
Cook for 5 minutes, or until kale is wilted.
Stir in 1/4 cup of dried cranberries and continue boiling uncovered for 15 minutes, or until the liquid has reduced to half.
Season with a sprinkling of salt and pepper.
Prepare to be pleasantly surprised! And then rest well, knowing you have consumed such a nutritious vegetable. For another great way to eat Kale see my Kale Chips recipe, you can eat as many as you want and feel absolutely NO GUILT!