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.

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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)

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

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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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