Monday, April 23, 2012

Ten Things to Do with Kale (Kale Pesto included)

I had to capture at least a bit of the color that occurred within all the green!
Earth Day. April. The one day in the one month that suddenly everyone is thinking "Green".  My veggie box was a celebration of Earth Day and Green.  The entire box was green. 
  • Beets (with Greens)
  • Red Russian Kale
  • Spinach
  • Collards
  • Braising Mix (Bag of baby greens, not the lettuce-y kind, the braising kind)
  • Asparagus
  • Spring Onions (AKA Green Onions)
  • Cilantro
  • Oh, and not picture, carrots (with their Greens attached)

Bleary-eyed and in my Sunday veg-out-getting-ready-to-start-a-new-week mode, I flipped on a DVRed "Iron Chef". The profile on the challenging chef, Madison Cowan-from homeless in Manhattan to a successful chef with a food production company-is what makes good TV so I tuned in and I'm glad I did.

Secret Ingredient:   KALE!  Every form and colors.

Having been absent from the kitchen for 4 days due to a very busy food-and-wine event filled weekend, I remembered my Very Green Earth Day Friendly veggie drawer.  44 minutes later (thanks to DVR and FF button), I was filled with ideas (and my memory was "jogged"for things I've done in the past) for how to dispatch these greens!

For those new to using seasonal veggies, greens in general are interchangeable for the most part.  Some preparations won't work on all, such as the Kale chips.  Spinach or beet greens just wouldn't work the same, but other than that, you can switch them all out. Beet greens are sometimes called the "Farmer's Green" since most people discard them (except Farmers and others like you, now, who are in the know).  Beet greens, turnip greens, chard, radish greens, spinach.  They all cook the same...FAST and they can be served raw.  Kale is a bit firmer (but can be massaged with salt and lemon juice into submission for a salad or slaw) and Collards are the most firm requiring a bit more cooking time, but can also serve as wraps (LIKE THESE! from Peas and Thank You).

10 Things to do with Kale
(At least pretend you are as excited as I was...)

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