Tuesday, February 2, 2010

I heart KALE!

Kale or borecole is a form of cabbage (Brassica oleracea Acephala Group), green or purple, in which the central leaves do not form a head. It is considered to be closer to wild cabbage than most domesticated forms. The species Brassica oleracea contains a wide array of vegetables including broccoli, cauliflower, collard greens, and brussels sprouts. The Cultivar Group Acephala also includes spring greens and collard greens, which are extremely similar genetically.  The name borecole most likely originates from the Dutch boerenkool (farmers cabbage).

There you have all the scientific goodies!  Kale also contains all the Vit A, C and K that you need in one day.  There you have it.  Another "super food" ranking up there with broccoli. 

I approached it in the same fashion as I have been cooking with my beloved brussel sprouts.  I have discovered http://www.thedailygreen.com/ and http://www.thekindlife.com/ (Alicia Sliverstone's blog...she also has a new book out entitled "The Kind Diet")  Both have given me some new inspirado and ideas and recipes.  I boiled the kale, then braised it in a pan with olive oil, garlic and shallots.  I added some balsamic vinegar, chili flake and honey.  DELISH.

As I was prepping dinner Lauren and Evan got in on the action and you'd think that these kids had no toys.  Lauren seriously was playing with the kale....come on.  I am not making this stuff up people!  Above you can see the "salad spinner fun" that was also had in the house tonight.  Even Evan got in on the action....so cute!

KALE Muffins anyone???  : )

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