OK, so its time to discuss a very sensitive question… Have you made friends with kale yet?
Don’t squirm. Its cool — it took me a long time. I almost gave up – for realzzz. I found it so bitter, and painful to chew. I felt like I was gnawing on a oak leaf or something… so. nasty. But I was determined to figure it out and found that once I learned a few tricks, it was the most crave-able green out there (not to mention inexpensive and long lasting in the fridge!).
Cooking kale is one solution that helps to break it down and make it yummy, the other trick is to massage it. Yup. Massage it. Sounds crazy, but it really is the ticket to getting that phytonutrient leafy green to go down easy.
First I suggest you NOT buy the pre chopped bags of kale. Why? Because they are chopped up with the spine still attached to the leaves. Spines are really tough and will just get in your way of making a delicious dish. Buy a bunch of kale, any kind is fine (although you will eventually have preferences for which type you love the most). Remove the spines either by simply tearing the leaves off or using a knife to cut down the main stem.
Once the stems are removed chop up the kale to the desired bite size and toss into a bowl. You can use a bit of oil, or dressing, or nothing. Squeeze handfuls of kale and drop them back into the bowl over an over again until the kale begins to wilt just a bit and the color intensifies. Viola! Kale you can eat with a smile.
Of course, what else you do with it matters a bit as well;) Here is a super yummy and easy recipe that would make a great meal in itself.
The lemon tahini dressing makes enough for a few servings and I like to keep it on hand in the fridge to drizzle on lots of other things. You can never have too much lemon tahini anything. IMO.
Enjoy! If you make this dish or have anything to say please leave a comment. I would love to hear from you!