Kale is one of the healthiest and tastiest vegetables you can find in nature. But just like any other vegetable, it needs to be prepared to get rid of all its bitterness and nutrients that will transform it into a delicious treat.
For those who haven’t had the pleasure of cooking kale, trying your hand at the leafy green vegetable may seem a little daunting. But once you get the hang of it, you’ll wonder why you didn’t cook kale more often in the past.
This tutorial will show you how to cook kale in five easy steps. We’ll also teach you the basics of using a knife and cutting board so that you can easily make this healthy vegetable part of your everyday meals.
Kale is a superfood
Kale is an excellent source of calcium, vitamin A, and protein. It’s also high in vitamin C, folate, and fiber. And let’s not forget that it’s one of the most nutritious vegetables available.
As a salad green, kale is delicious when tossed with a simple vinaigrette and lightly seasoned with salt, pepper, and lemon juice. But we’ve been serving it as the main course, sautéed or steamed, drizzled with a little olive oil, and sprinkled with Parmesan cheese and pine nuts.
We use kale in our Chicken Parmesan Pasta (page 132., but it can stand on its own as a main course, too. Just make sure to serve it with a nice bowl of brown rice or other whole grains. Kale has a mild flavor and makes a good addition to salads, soups, and sandwiches. It’s also a great option for adding to pasta dishes and stir-fries.
How to cook kale
Kale is a super-nutritious, versatile vegetable that tastes great when sautéed, steamed, or roasted. However, it can also be eaten raw. When you do this, it’s known as “cruciferous”. Cruciferous vegetables are high in sulfur-containing compounds called glucosinolates which have anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties.
Some of the health benefits of kale include: Boosting your immune system, preventing heart disease, helping with weight loss, improving digestion, and protecting against cancer. This means they help to fight cancer, diabetes, arthritis, and other health problems. Here’s how you can cook kale.
We recommend eating kale at least three times per week because of its amazing health benefits. For instance, it is an excellent source of vitamin K, calcium, iron, and folic acid.
Health Benefits of Kale
Kale is a delicious leafy green vegetable packed full of nutrients and minerals. Not only does it help boost your immune system, and it is a powerful source of vitamins A, C, and K, calcium, magnesium, manganese, and more.
Kale is a good source of fiber and iron. It is also a great source of folate, vitamin B-6, vitamin K, and vitamin C. Kale is also high in antioxidants, compounds that protect your body from damaging free radicals. Antioxidants help you to fight diseases and maintain good health.
Kale contains more than 70 percent water, making it a healthy food choice. It is also a good source of protein. You can find kale in many grocery stores and at farmers’ markets. In most cases, you will need to purchase bunches of kale rather than single leaves.
How To Freeze Kale
Kale is very hardy and can be stored for a long time. Freezing kale is a great way to preserve the nutrient-rich green. It’s also easy to ensure your kale stays fresh longer. Here’s how to freeze kale: Choose your favorite kale variety, and remove the center leaves.
Wash kale thoroughly with cool water to remove any dirt. Dry the leaves using paper towels. Place kale in a freezer bag. Do not fill the bag more than two-thirds full. Leave about an inch of space at the top of the bag for expansion.
The leaves freeze perfectly, retaining all of their nutrients and color. You can wash and dry kale leaves, then wrap them in plastic and freeze them for up to three months.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
Q: How can you make kale easier to cook?
A: I add oil when I saute the kale. You can also steam the kale instead of sauteing it. You can eat the leaves raw, but they are not as pretty.
Q: What is the best way to cut up kale?
A: I like tearing them up and putting them in my bowl. I usually put a tablespoon of olive oil in the bottom of my salad bowl. I sprinkle some salt over the kale and toss it. Then I massage the kale with my hands. This breaks down the leaves and makes them more tender.
Q: How should you store kale?
Top Myth about Freeze Kale
1. You must add oil or butter to the kale to make it taste good.
2. You have to cook kale for a long time.
3. You have to drain the water out of the kale before cooking.
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If you’re looking for a healthier option, kale is a great alternative to spinach, which is also commonly found in many dishes.