Monday, November 30, 2009

Market Fresh: Kale

Kale is one of those dark green leafy vegetables that boasts excellent nutrients. It is so good for you. My favorite way to have it is in soup but you could also steam it or saute it. I find that my family will eat kale the best when it is in a flavorful soup and since I'm always trying to find ways to increase our leafy green consumption, it works well!


1 lb. ground sausage
1 lg. onion, chopped
1 tsp. salt
1/4 tsp. fresh ground pepper
1/4 tsp. crushed red pepper (may want to omit if using a spicy sausage)
3 garlic cloves, minced
5 c. sweet potato, peeled & chopped
2 c. water
1 qt. chicken stock
1 bunch kale, washed and torn
1 can cannellini beans or white beans, drained and rinsed

Brown sausage. Add onion and saute until tender and almost translucent. Add salt, pepper, red pepper, and garlic.  Add sweet potato, water, and broth and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer 8 minutes. Gradually add kale and cook until tender. Stir in beans and cook until thoroughly heated.


  1. Since I come from Dutch ancestory, we eat what is called "boerenkool". It is mashed potatoes mixed with kale and smoked sausage and perhaps a bit of bacon grease. Then, eat it with gravy and a good strong mustard. Thought this might interest you...

  2. I love kale and this is one of my favorite recipes that uses it.:)

  3. One of my favorite farmers wears a T-shirt that proudly proclaims "Real Men Eat Kale." I know MY real man does! ;)

  4. I love kale, where I live I've found bagged frozen cale in my grocery store. I'm not sure if it a regional thing but it does save lots of time on the washing and cutting! I can't wait to try this :)

  5. Margaret - That sounds delicious! I've had kale mixed into mashed potatoes and then baked with eggs nested in it - quite good!

    Christine - I've not seen it frozen around here - how is it?