It is never too late to start treating your body with respect and sharing with it the bounty of wonders provided to us by Mother Nature. It is never too late to stop opening boxes and cans and filling your body with chemicals and in many cases, pesticides. You only get one life, enjoy it with fresh and natural foods which will not only lengthen your life and give you good health, but have wonderful tastes. Good healthy eating is not boring as we are proving with this series called Foods for Life.
You might not know what kale is but you've seen it in the produce section of your market. It looks like a big head of burly lettuce with a vibrant green color. It is also one of natures Wonder Foods, as it is loaded with vitamin K, Vitamin A, Vitamin C, manganese and fiber. Not too bad for a bunch of leaves! If you're into history you might like to know that according to the Greeks, kale respresents charm,beauty, nature, creativity and fertility.
This is very simple dish to prepare and quite tasty. It is a wonderful side dish for any type of meat and at one restaurant in Germany, I had it over grilled polenta as a simple entree.
You will note that the recipe calls for rendered bacon fat. This adds a tremendous amount of flavor to the dish and I do not recommend substituting it with an oil. On the other hand, if you're a vegetarian or vegan, you can use extra virgin olive oil. The taste will be altered from the smokey bacon taste to one of an aura of olives.
Ingredients needed to make Sauteed Shredded Kale (serves 4 as a side dish):
- 3 pounds kale, washed and stems removed
- 1/3 cup rendered bacon fat
- ½ tsp. salt
- Roll the kale leaves in a tight cylinder and slice thinly crosswise (you just cut them in a chiffonade).
- In a medium pot of boiling water add the kale and cook 3 minutes. Drain the kale and set aside. Discard the cooking liquid.
- In a medium sauté pan or skillet heat he bacon fat over medium heat. Add the kale and salt and sauté 15 minutes.
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