I fell in love with Kale when I was expecting my third child, and trying to increase my vitamin K intake. Until that point, the majority of my experience with greens was frozen/microwaved spinach that was mushy, soggy and bitter. Yuk. No wonder Popeye swallowed it in one gulp!
I loved Kale so much that I ventured out into other greens, and we planted Swiss chard, collard greens & more in our garden! While Kale Chips are one of my favorite ways to eat Kale, so is a big bowl of sauteed kale!
Wash & dry your kale, then cut out the stem. (Yes, you can use the stems too, but I find the leaves more tender!)
Cut or tear the leaves into bite size pieces. I find it easiest to skip the knife and just tear the leaves right from the stem!
You can season the kale with anything you like! I put about a tablespoon of olive oil in my pan, then heat it on medium. Add in the kale pieces, sprinkle with salt, pepper, garlic powder (or freshly minced garlic) and maybe some red pepper flakes. Toss with heat proof tongs to coat. You can really get creative with your seasonings. Add onions, crumbled bacon, whatever you like!
Add 3/4 cup of liquid (I used water here, but chicken broth adds even more flavor!)
Cover & simmer on medium heat. The length of time depends on how tender you like your kale! After 2.5 minutes (below) it is very crisp, give it a toss and re-cover.
Toss it again after 5 minutes, and sneak a piece to see if it is tender enough for your liking.
After about 10 minutes, it’s just the way I like it, and most of the liquid has evaporated.
I like to season with a little extra salt & pepper after tasting it, and I can eat the whole bowl myself!
Do you sautee greens? What are your favorite seasonings?