Wednesday, April 3, 2013

My Discovery of Kale

As an IBS sufferer, I have all sorts of weird things I can't eat. Red meat, fried and spicy food are pretty common across the board but I also don't digest preservatives or seeds very well. Unfortunately, most lettuce that you buy in a store or in a restaurant, no matter how organic, has preservatives on it which means that all traditional salads are on the NO list for me. 

However, I have discovered during the last couple weeks that kale, for whatever reason, doesn't bother my stomach like spinach, arugula, or other leafy salad greens. This is a huge deal for me because I can start adding this dark green to my diet which will increase my iron count and open up so many culinary opportunities!

Here are two recipes I have tried and loved over the last week using fresh kale straight from Houston Farms or the Lomax Incubator Farm. The kale really adds a natural saltiness and heartiness to the dishes and they both only took minutes to put together. The tomatoe in the first recipe was a local one I had frozen at the end of last summer. This is a perfect use for them because their consistency isn't key to the dish. I got the turnips in the second recipe from Houston Farms as well and the gnocchi from the pasta guy at Atherton Market. The dill is also from the market - various vendors have had herbs on and off the last several weeks, most likely green-housed or grown inside.

Penne Pasta with Tomato, Kale and Dill (V)
1/2 pound penne pasta (about half a normal box or bag)
2 large handfuls of kale, stems removed, cut into pieces no larger than 2 inches
1 tomato, cut in 1/2 inch chunks
2-3 tablespoons fresh dill
2-3 tablespoons olive lil
Juice of one lemon (optional)
  1. Prepare pasta.
  2. In large frying pan, heat olive oil over medium/high heat.
  3. Add kale, tomato, dill and lemon juice. Saute until kale has darkened.
  4. Add made pasta and saute until pasta is covered with kale and tomato.
  5. Serve hot.
Turnips and Kale side dish (V)
2 medium turnips, cut into 1/4 inch thick slices
2-3 good handfuls of kale, stems removed, cut into pieces no larger than 2 inches
2-3 tablespoons olive oil
Salt and pepper to taste
  1. Heat oil in large frying pan (I used a non - non-stick pan) on high heat.
  2. Add turnips and cook on high until nice and brown on both sides.
  3. Add handfuls of kale so they are layered over top of but not mixed in with turnips. Reduce heat to medium and let kale soften and darken.
  4. Once kale is dark, mix in with turnips. Add salt and pepper.
  5. Serve hot.
I served this with gnocchi and basic tomato sauce. Delish!


  1. Try Favorite Auntie's Kale Chips!

    1 bunch kale

    1 tablespoon olive oil(or olive oil spray if you have it

    Salt/seasonings of choice

    1.Preheat an oven to 300 degrees F. Line a non insulated cookie sheet with parchment paper.
    2.With a knife or kitchen shears carefully remove the leaves from the thick stems and tear into bite size pieces. Wash and thoroughly dry kale with a salad spinner. Drizzle/spray kale with olive oil.
    3.Bake for about 6 minutes, rotate pan, and bake another 6 minutes. Keep checking about every 3 minutes and shake the pan each time. As chips dry they will move around on the pan.
    4. Remove from oven when crisp, but watch carefully so they don't burn. Sprinkle with salt and/or seasonings as soon as they come out of the oven.

  2. yes - definitely try Kale chips - so yummy onceyou get the hang of them. I made two huge pans of ziti tonight - penne, ricotta cheese, kale, chicken sausage, and chopped tomatoes. yummy!