Get at those Greens

One of my goals in the new year is to incorporate more greens into my diet.  Green vegetables provide us with a variety of minerals like iron, calcium, magnesium and potassium, as well as four vitamins, K, C, E and B.  These nutrients strengthen our bones and could help prevent diabetes.  They also make our skin and hair look healthier. Bonus!

I’ve never been a huge salad-as-my-main-meal fan, so I’ve been finding different methods of adding in extra green to my already well-liked meals.  Last night, I tried kale for the first time.  While I was a little hesitant about how it would taste (I had heard it’s on the more bitter end of the green spectrum), I have also read a lot of benefits about the cabbage cousin; like how it’s considered the “nutritional powerhouse” of leafy greens.  So I figured I should see what all the hype is about.

First, I washed and chopped the kale into smaller pieces first.


I then heated some olive oil, garlic and pignoli (pine nuts) in a pan (with some chicken sausage off to the side to heat up)


Tossed in the kale once the nuts were slightly browned and seasoned with salt, crushed red pepper and lemon juice.


Mix it all together with some wheat pasta and chicken sausage, and I’d say it was a pretty delicious first-timer success!



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