My five year old grandson would quickly give his answer – kale.
His daddy says that he prepares Laciniato kale which is also called black kale, Tuscan kale or dinosaur kale. Could it be the name “dinosaur” that sways my grandson? He astounds me with the dinosaur facts that he can relate. This cultivar of kale is sweeter and has a more delicate taste than curly kale.
Daddy prepares it with some garlic and a little olive oil.
I decided the reluctant-to-eat-kale grandma needed to explore the attributes of this vegetable so off I went to the internet.
I learned that kale has more iron and calcium than any other vegetable. It is an excellent source of beta carotene. It is high in vitamin C, vitamin E, vitamin K, folate, potassium and fiber. Hm, sounds like a good reason to give kale a chance.
I found a recipe on the Food Network from Bobby Flay for Sauteed Kale. It is quick and easy to prepare.
1 1/2 pounds of kale, coarsely chopped – allow to sit for at least 5 minutes
3 tablespoons olive oil
2 cloves garlic, finely chopped
1/2 cup vegetable stock or water
salt and pepper
2 tablespoons red wine vinegar or balsamic vinegar
Heat olive oil in a large saucepan over medium-high heat. Add the garlic and cook until soft, but not colored. Raise heat to high, add the stock and kale and toss to combine. Cover and cook for 5 minutes. Remove cover and continue to cook, stirring until all the liquid has evaporated. Season with salt and pepper to taste and add vinegar. 4 Servings.
Hey, that was good – better than sno cones. No comment about ice cream.
I did find another kale recipe that I’ll be trying. It uses Italian sausage, cannellini beans, tomatoes and kale. Now that really sounds good.
In my internet search I came upon an amusing story. A mother was trying to convince her children to eat kale so she told them that it was National Kale Day. (Perhaps there is such. I didn’t check.) She said that to celebrate the day they would have kale for dinner. She related to them a history of kale throughout the ages – from the Romans to modern day. And they ate kale – or at least tried it. A creative mom.
Grandma is now on the kale band wagon.
Thanks for stopping by. I’m getting ready for a road trip to visit grandchildren. More on that in a few days.