Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Kale with Pistachios

Kale is one of the most nutritious vegetables; it offers beta carotene, vitamins K and C, lutein, and calcium, in addition to many anti-cancer properties.  It's also a gorgeous bright green, decorating the dinner plate and enhancing virtually any entree.

I was given an entire shopping bag full of kale recently, which was very generous.  But kale doesn't cook down and wilt the way spinach does, so this really was a lot of vegetable to deal with.  Fortunately, I like kale and I like to cook!  I started with a simple side dish, because it was easy to make after a long day at work.  But there are many, many ways to enjoy this amazing health booster!

My friend Diana Dyer, who grows many varieties of fabulous garlic and is my only source for garlic scapes, has a blog devoted entirely to kale and its wonders: 365 Days of Kale.  Diana is a registered dietician and cancer survivor who offers health information, wit, wisdom, humor and recipes on her blog.  I'm going to have to see what goodies she offers, so that I can plow through the abundance of beautiful kale currently taking up my kitchen counter!

In the recipe below, the kale is vivid and just slightly tender.  It doesn't need added salt, as the pistachios provide just enough while also adding a bit of texture and crunch.  This seems so simple, but it's really good!

Kale with Pistachios

1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
1 large garlic clove, minced
3 cups chopped kale, stems removed
3 tablespoons chopped pistachios

Heat the oil over medium heat in a large skillet.  Add garlic and saute for 1 minute.  Add kale and saute for 2 minutes; cover and cook for 5 minutes until tender and bright green.

Sprinkle pistachios over the kale.

Serves 2-4 as a side dish.


Jenn said...

I've tried so hard to enjoy kale and just can't get past that bitterness about it. But, that doesn't mean that when I see a dish like this that I'm not willing to give it another try!! Plus, I adore pistachios! They so remind me of Saturday afternoons watching John Wayne movies with my dad!!

Judee @ gluten Free A-Z said...

I want to eat Kale because it is so good for you, but I never really quite know how to cook it! This recipe looks easy and delicious. I'll be trying it..

Lindalou said...

I've never done Kale before, but I'm determined to make it this season. Thanks for the idea.

Mary Sullivan Frasier said...

I used to only buy Kale once a year for my colcannon on St Pat's Day, but with all of the buzz it's been getting in blogland lately, I've started to discover how delicious it can be when prepared in other ways. Thank you, lovely lady, for a new and delish way to make it! I can't wait to give this a try! ~Mary

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