Wednesday, August 3, 2011

K is for Kale!

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Did you know you could make cheesy, spicy chips out of Kale?

Um, wait, hold on and let me backtrack--see, I had this conversation the other day with a certain fellow who wanted to know what on earth I ate, seeing as I was vegetarian/vegan. I started listing off everything that I did eat and ended with the note that I'd probably eaten more things in my life than he had.

Well, of course that sparked off one of those wonderful kinds of debates on what vegetarians eat and whether I happened to like salad. (I am not particularly fond of it, by the way, but I hold nothing against a really well-made salad!) Long story short--we started talking about greens.

Now, as you know, I am Indian, so for me--Spinach aka--Bagie (pronounced Bah-GEE). It happens to be one of my favorite vegetables to turn into stew or curry. Most folks know spinach. Most folks know Popeye.

I know Bagie. I also know Bok Choy, Rainbow Chard, Sunflower Sprouts and Kale, just to name a few other greens. Which brings me to this week's letter--K! I must live a rather odd life in terms of vegetarian food, because as the conversation continued, I was absolutely horrified to know that this dear friend had never eaten kale in his life, much less knew it what it was.

So, here's another food post. ^_^

Kale is a green vegetable. A leafy green vegetable, mind you, most leafy greens can be steamed with a touch of salt and sugar, (yes both!), and it will bring out a nice flavor to mix with rice, roti or other vegetables. It is actually a form of cabbage and can come in purple or green. It is great stir-fried with sliced almonds and freezes quite well, compared to other greens. You can do quite a bit with it--even turning it into chips!

The recipe I use is borrowed from an awesome site run by an amazingly talented young woman--the recipe for Cheesy Kale chips are here, along with other yummy things. She also takes wonderful pictures to go along with her culinary adventures, so you can see each step as you go.

It's quite an interesting taste--if you do try it, let me know what you think. I think it's quite delicious. ^_^

Also, on a short note, leafy greens have plenty of Vitamin K, which helps your body to form necessary blood clots for cuts, scrapes and the like.As someone who is used to dealing with nosebleeds, eating greens (and different types of greens!) is a good habit to cultivate.

Thanks for reading!


Laury said...

I've never had kale, either, Sawa:) You'll have to cook us a good Indian meal sometime. Ahhh, that would be awesome! One more Tuesday post and then I will be squeezing you tight!

Rita Garcia said...

I will definitely give kale a try! Thanks for this informative post! I love a great salad!

Rhonda Schrock said...

I'm a 'never-kaler,' too, as well as a salad lover. Speaking of which, there's one calling my name as it's right about lunch. I'm seeing spinach, red peppers, tomatoes...mmmm!

Joanne Sher said...

I haven't had kale either. Does it TASTE like cabbage? I'm not a huge fan in general of cabbage - though it's fine here and there.

I WILL try it (as long as you don't tell me it tastes like cabbage!! LOL)
Love my Sawa!
Your JJ

Shelley Ledfors said...

I have had kale, but steamed. And I have heard about people making it into "chips" before. (A friend on another list posted about it recently.) But I've never fixed it that way. I'll have to get some and give it a try! I do love greens...even the stronger tasting ones. I've always liked spinach, beet greens, chard, etc... even when I was little and "supposed" to hate them. :-)

Sparrow said...

My body is one that needs some meat, but we also eat vegetarian meals fairly often, and I eat lots of greens. A couple of my classmates in the interpreting program introduced me to kale. It's yummy!

Barbara Lynn Culler said...

I want to try kale chips! What is that website you were speaking of?

Niki Turner said...

I think my mom fed me kale once and I was not impressed. BUT... I wasn't impressed with a lot of the vegetables she tried to feed me back then, like canned (GAG) spinach, and mustard greens, and BOILED summer squash.
I like all of the above now, with the exception of the mustard greens. Maybe I'll give Kale a try!

Diana Dart said...

Oooooohhhhhh, I LOVE kale. Used to eat it so much more than I have recently. And have never made chips out of it, hmmmmm. Steamed with salt is my fav (same goes for spinach). Love that you're a vegetarian :) And that you are so creative and inspirational about your food.