Saturday, June 23, 2012

Welcome to the world of KALE!!!

So I have a love affair with kale... I know there are those thinking, "Ew! Yuck! Kale?" My friends, I promise you, I was in the same boat once. I decided to try this recipe on a whim... and I am in love!! {Kale chips are also amazing, make them at home... it's a perfect diet friendly option when you're craving salty crunchiness! I'll post a recipe later!}

As you all know, I've been juggling life with a new baby {...almost 5 months is still new!!} so easy and simple, one pot recipes are the best.

Disclaimer: I never cook by measuring, I'm an "eye it" type of person so everything ends up a little different every time, so I will do my best to give you accurate measurements. If you know me in person, you know I wing things a lot... Doesn't change when I cook!

You will need:

  • Chicken sausage
  • 1 whole onion
  • One bunch of kale (I LOVE the kale in this recipe so I used a lb I got from the Farmer's Market)
  • 1 cup chicken broth (Or just water... which I've done a few times when out of chicken broth!)
  • 1 can white beans (I used Great Northern, I like the texture of them) 
  • Red pepper flakes/Sriracha sauce
  • Strong flavored white cheese (I'm partial to an Italian blend of some sort or just straight fresh Parmesan is delish!) 

First, you'll need some chicken/turkey sausage..... or on sale bratwurst like we're using tonight! But, usually we use chicken/turkey sausage because it's lower in fat. Brown the links in the skillet with a little bit of oil.

Chop up the onion long ways and pull the kale off the stems as you wash it. 

After the sausage is nice and browned on the outside, cut the sausage into bite sized pieces and return to pan until they are completely cooked through.

After the sausage is cooked through, add in the onions and just enough of the chicken broth to get all those yummy browned bits off the bottom. Cook together until onions are starting to soften. 

Start adding in the kale a little at a time. Add a pinch of salt and water or some chicken broth every time you add in the kale. Cover and let the kale start to wilt.
Once all the kale is wilted, add in just a bit of the sriracha sauce or red pepper flakes. (Apparently, I didn't think my picture taking through....) 

Then add in the beans.... and cover until greens are completely cooked down and softened. 

Then plate up and serve with a little bit of cheese sprinkled on top... And ENJOY!! 

Your welcome, now you will love kale! The hubs who hates "eating healthy" loves this recipe, but not so much that he wants to eat it on a weekly basis like I do... :)

Let me know what you think of the recipe!! 

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