As I shopped for the essentials like everyone else pre-Sandy, I was surprised to find one of my staples was sold out. Along with the batteries and water, kale- my favorite leafy green- was also gone from the shelves. Luckily I still had some reserves back home.
What is kale anyway and why is it so popular? Kale is a green and leafy vegetable that is jam packed with nutrients and fiber. Although it is often used in salads, kale is actually more closely related to cabbage, broccoli and cauliflower than it is to lettuce. Kale has grown so popular, mainly among foodies, because of its high nutritional value.
2 cups of fresh kale
1 teaspoon olive oil
1 clove of garlic
pepper to taste
1. In a pan on medium, heat the olive oil and add 1/2 chopped shallot.
2. After 3 minutes add garlic and saute for another 5 minutes until the shallots start to brown.
3. Squeeze the juice of 1 lemon.
4. Add the kale with the lemon on top. Put the lid on the pan and cook for about 3-5 more minutes.
5. When the kale color becomes a deeper shade of green, you know you are done.
6. Season with pepper and enjoy warm!