My youngest daughter has been encouraging me to start using kale for quite some time. She uses it for cooking, snacking, smoothies, you name it. She tells me it's a super food and I need to start using it. (She's wiser than her mom!)
Hannaford, featured an article on kale along with some recipes. I decided to bite the bullet and take my daughter's advice and I'm SO glad I did! I've never had anything I cooked resemble the recipe photo like this meal did. And it was so, so good!
I gathered up my ingredients (I improvised by using the rubs I had on hand and omitted some others like the smoked paprika and sunflower seeds). So here's my adaptation of the original recipe
The turkey cutlets (approx. 1 lb.) were sprinkled with black pepper and a garden rub, then cooked (in olive oil) while I chopped up the vegetables (1 leek, 1 large bunch kale, and 1 clove garlic). If you're a vegetarian, you could easily omit the turkey and have a fantastic meatless meal! I'm sure there will be times when I do just that.
Okay, the garlic, leek, and kale has been chopped.
Remove the cutlets, cover with tin foil and set aside. Now it's time to saute the leeks, garlic, and rosemary in the same pan. (add a bit more oil if needed). Rather than chopping my rosemary, I opted to leave it whole during the cooking process to just add flavor. Saute about 3-4 minutes.
After removing the sprigs of rosemary, it was time to add the kale (chopped and removed from stems) and 2/3 cup chicken broth (again, if you're doing a vegetarian dish, just substitute vegetable broth). Cook for about 6 minutes, stirring occasionally. (Apparently I was supposed to cover it at this point, but I didn't).
Okay, it looks like everything has cooked down nicely!
Time to add in 1 can of Fire Roasted Diced Tomatoes, 1 can of Cannellini White Beans, and the already cooked turkey cutlets (which I cut into smaller pieces).
Mix it all together, cover and cook for about 6 minutes, stirring occasionally... and voila! My first time cooking with kale, but definitely not my last!
I also have to say how much I love my large 11" Wolfgang Puck Chicken Fryer Pan. It's so versatile. I use it all the time.
We are about to have coldest temperatures we've had in two years. Maybe I'll make a nice vegetable soup with lots of kale!
In doing a little bit of research comparing my beloved spinach and my new-found friend, kale, I came across this Kale vs. Spinach informational (and humorous!) blog post from The Health Revival! I think you'll enjoy it as much as I did!
Stay warm, everyone!!!