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!



SAUSAGE, SWEET POTATO & KALE SOUP

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.