Kale! My favorite quick and easy kale recipe.

February 26, 2013  •  1 Comment

So for a long time, I've been trying to figure out exactly what to fill my blog with and while I was making my favorite quick and easy kale snack yesterday it dawned on me-food! For almost all of my 20's I worked in the restaurant industry. I waited tables, bartended, trained employees, wore those stupid 'flair' pins, worked as 'rice bitch' and sushi chef. And while I wasn't the best at any of these things I did take away some killer knife skills and a highly distinct and a developed palate for fine food and wine. So here it is, my inaugral food blog. 

I cook everyday, I try to keep it healthy and I am on a budget with two kids who are as tall or taller than I!

Ok, my quick and easy kale: 
(If you didn't know, kale is one of the most nutrient dense greens out there.)

I don't use measurements on food like this because it's all by tasting. So, I'm guesstimating. 

You will need these things: 

kale, yum!

Fresh kale, ponzu(which is a citrus soy sauce but be warned if you're watching your sodium you may want to opt for the low sodium versions), sesame oil, a knife, maybe some lemon. 

Chop as much kale as you think you'll need. In my case, I used 2 cups or so, because when you cook the greens, they will shrink and wilt a bit. 
On a med high heat add a slick of sesame oil, enough to coat the bottom of the pan. I don't let mine get too hot, but I do like to hear a nice sizzle when the greens lit the oil. I add all of the chopped greens at once. Since heat causes nutrient loss, I sautee until they are just wilted and still a bit crispy all the while adding the ponzu to taste. 

steaming hot goodness

You can see the kale on the bottom of the pan is almost just right. Mmmmm. 

I finish with a squeeze of lemon and garnish with some sesame seeds. 
That's it. In about 5-10 mins have a healthy and flavorful snack or side dish. 
Voila! Yummy kale.


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By the way, my friend Sondra made an interesting point on the sodium thing, here's an FYI:
nice! be careful of the sodium level in those Kikoman and Asian food products. they often have more than half of the sodium you need in one day in just one serving. if you mix it with something high in potassium, you're ok. kale is decent in potassium but you'd have to eat about 5 cups to counteract the sodium in those sauces.
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