I found a great recipe for Kale!

February 25, 2010 at 8:32 am 5 comments

Feeding the Whole Family, By Cynthia Lair

I have come across the title of this cookbook in blogs, magazines and articles and I finally had to get a copy from my local library.  This is an amazing cookbook, and I recommend everyone look for it at their library or buy a copy online.  It is an essential book for the family cookbookshelf (yes, it’s a word, at least it should be!) and I will be buying it for sure!

Cynthia concludes her introduction to this cookbook with this simple sentence “Learning to prepare and eat simple, whole foods that the earth naturally provides can transform lives”.  She lives up to this statement with easy simple recipes from whole food sources.  She includes feeding your baby, and every recipe has an idea of what you can feed your baby from the meal that you are preparing for everyone else.  I like this simplicity.

She has a nice mix of recipes with whole food ideas for vegetarians and meat eaters.  She focuses on whole grains and even has a section on dark greens!!!  I have to say that finding different ideas for cooking dark greens is a personal mission of mine, and Cynthia offered a chapter!

There are many recipes I will be trying before returning this book to the library & picking up my own copy, but here are some of the recipes I have enjoyed so far…

  • Thea’s Greek Shrimp Stew
  • Carribean Lime Halibut served with Quick LEmon and Garlic Quinoa
  • Thai Steak Salad over Soba
  • Triple ‘A’ Salad (Avocado, Arame & Almonds)
  • Sweet Apple Walnut Kale

Cynthis has a website that I am also looking forward to checking out:  www.cookusinterruptus.com

Apple-Maple Kale

Below is my version of Cynthia’s recipe Sweet Apple Walnut Kale.  I liked this recipe because it was sweet and it may be the only way to get my family (er…  husband) to eat Kale.  Kale is a dark green leafy vegetable that is packed full of vitamins and minerals.  It grows easily in a cold climate, so you can find it year round.  Some people don’t like the bitterness of the dark green vegetables, and the sweet apple in this recipe helps to cut that bitterness.  If you are looking to incorporate more dark greens into your meals, I suggest you give this recipe a try!

  • 1 Bunch Kale
  • 2 Tbsp butter
  • 1/2 apple, thinly sliced
  • 1/2 C Cashews
  • 1 Tbsp Maple Syrup
  • 2 Tbsp Apple Cider
  • 1 Tbsp Tamari
  • 2 tsp apple cider vinegar

Cut the stem out of the kale and tear the leaves into bite-sized pieces.  Wash the leaves in cold water (swirl in cold water then let sit for 3  minutes so the dirt can sink, remove the leaves and dump out the sandy water.  You may need to do this twice).

Melt butter in a large skillet over medium heat.  Add the apple and saute for a few minutes.  Add the maple syrup and stir with the apples.  When the apple is soft, add the cashews and the kale leaves.  Saute over medium heat until the kale leaves area bright green.

Combine the apple cider and tamari.  Add to the skillet and cover.  Cook for 5 minutes until the leaves are tender.  Dress with cider vinegar and serve!


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  • 2. Stephen Bright  |  March 16, 2010 at 1:25 am

    Laurie, you also have a recipe for Kale chips (which were delicious) Hoping you could share that one too.

    • 3. lkmnut  |  March 16, 2010 at 3:41 pm

      Will do Stephen!

  • 4. Alex  |  November 3, 2010 at 6:28 pm

    Thanks for sharing this. It’s so tasty that my 2.5 year-old son liked it. His twin brother was less enthusiastic but I think the kale was too tough. Next time I might parboil it first.

    • 5. lkmnut  |  November 12, 2010 at 7:37 pm

      Well, for some Kale is an acquired taste. I don’t know if parboiling would help, you may just need to bake it longer. Be sure to cut out the stem too! If the parboiling works, let me know!


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