Thursday, December 1, 2011

I'm in love.... with Kale!

For those of you who already know about Kale and like it, forgive me, I just "discovered" it and think it's awesome. If you aren't familiar with it, you'll wonder what all the fuss is about.

Kale is a DARK green leafy vegetable. It resembles leaf lettuce... on steroids. It's stiff, crinkly and I don't know that I'd want to eat it raw. However, with a little heat and water or oil (or bacon grease) it becomes a brilliant bright green addition to foods. It doesn't take more than a few minutes to turn from crunchy and, frankly bitter, to a tender burst of color while still retaining some of it's density.

Most recently I made this:

It's sliced up chicken and apple sausages, onions and kale, all sauteed in olive oil. And yes, it's ALL Paleo "approved" so no need to worry there! To make it you'll need:

Olive oil - 1/4" in your non-stick saute pan
half a yellow onion, sliced
1 package chicken & apple sausages, sliced
a few leaves of Kale, rinsed and torn into smallish pieces.

Heat the olive oil over medium heat, add in the onions. Cook until they start to brown. Add in the sliced sausages. Allow these to cook so they brown slightly on both sides. Add in the Kale, cook until "wilted" and serve. We had broccoli with this, but you could add in more Kale and serve it solo without any side dishes.

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