I really do eat a lot of vegetables - I swear! You proabably can't tell by the majority of the recipes I share with you, but I eat Kale almost every day and this is my favorite way to have it! It's such an easy, simple recipe to prepare. If you haven't tried Kale - you've got to start including it in your diet.
Kale is very high in beta carotene, vitamin K, vitamin C, lutein, and reasonably rich in calcium. Kale, just like broccoli, contains sulforaphane (particularly when chopped or minced), a chemical believed to have potent anti-cancer properties. Boiling decreases the level of sulforaphane; however, steaming, microwaving, or stir frying do not result in significant loss. Along with other brassica vegetables, kale is also a source of indole-3-carbinol, a chemical which boosts DNA repair in cells and appears to block the growth of cancer cells.
So eat your Kale, people! If steamed Kale is not your thing - or you're looking for ways to get your kids to eat it, try making my Cheesy Kale Chips!
- 2 bunches of Green Kale
- 3 tbsp toasted sesame oil
- 1-2 tbsp soy sauce
- 1 tbsp sesame seeds
- 1 tbsp minced garlic
- Black pepper to taste
De-stem and roughly chop the kale. Steam for 5-7 minutes until it's tender, but still has a bite to it.
In a large bowl - whisk together the sesame oil, soy sauce, sesame seeds, minced garlic, and black pepper. Add the steamed kale, toss together, and refrigerate.