thanksgiving 2010: sauteed kale

It might not be the most popular thanksgiving side dish, but it just might be mine and it sure was a popular one at our annual Thanksgiving party last weekend. I honestly didn’t expect it to be a huge hit, but I knew that myself (and some others) would appreciate some green food alongside the sea of beige turkey and mashed potatoes. And if I’ve learned anything in life, it’s always bring a healthy option, no matter where you are going. That way you’ll always have something healthy to munch on.

I love kale because it is delicious, but I also love the nutritional profile it has. It’s high in vitamin K, A and C, fiber, potassium, calcium, iron, antioxidant nutrients, anti-inflammatory nutrients and anti-cancer nutrients. And that in itself is something to be thankful of this holiday season.

Sauteed Kale - 8-10 servings

  • 4 bunches of kale (I used a combination of green & purple)
  • 4 cloves of garlic
  • 4 Tbsp olive oil
  • salt

Wash and cut kale into 2″ pieces, removing tough center stem.

Mince garlic.

Heat 2 Tbsp olive oil in large saute pan. When oil is hot, add 1/2 of the kale and 1/2 of the garlic. Season with salt and toss greens until wilted. Set kale aside and repeat with remaining ingredients.

Serve warm or at room temperature.


Comments

  1. says

    i love the idea of a thanksgiving party. and kale is such a nutritional all star. making it for thanksgiving is a nice to ensure the health of your friends and family :)

  2. says

    You’re right – it might not be popular Thanksgiving fare, but it’s much needed to wash down all those carbs and turkey. Looks great to me.

  3. says

    This is definitely a fall-looking dish! I love this as a side for Thanksgiving. A welcome change to the usual if you ask me!

  4. says

    I love kale, and I love seeing something healthy on the Thanksgiving table – a little green refuge! This year I think I’m going for brussels sprouts, but this kale looks awesome too.

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