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Kale and Hearty

September 29, 2015

The Dining Divas theme this time around was Healing Foods, in honor of one of our members who’s dealing with a cancer diagnosis (dealing admirably well, I should add).

My assignment for this quarter’s meal was the vegetable. I googled healthy, healing, powerhouse vegetables and, of course, all roads led to kale. So I made a kale dish…. Gingery Creamed Kale and Cabbage.

Here’s how you do it:

First, wash and de-stem a pound and a half of kale…

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Boil it for about six minutes until it’s pretty tender.

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When drained, it’ll look like something Popeye used to eat out of a can.

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Coarsely chop that and set it aside.

Then coarsely chopped half of a white onion…

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… and saute it in about three tablespoons of canola oil until soft, about five minutes.

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Then coarsely chop about half a pound of cabbage:

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Grate about 3 teaspoons of ginger and add a quarter teaspoon of turmeric to that…

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.. then add the ginger, cabbage and turmeric to the sauteed onion, and continue to saute until the cabbage is wilted, about five minutes. Next, add a cup of heavy cream, cover and simmer for about eight minutes, until the cream has thickened.

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Finally, add the chopped kale and heat through.

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At this point you can set the whole thing aside for later, or you can serve it immediately. In either case, just before serving, add half a cup of buttermilk to the whole mixture (and heat). The buttermilk sort of sours up the heaviness of the cream, and really works to balance the whole dish. I thought it was a great final ingredient.

So… that’s it.. a heathy and tasty dish. It’s not at all low-cal because of the cream, but it’s a nice way to get a lot of super high-octane kale!

Here are a few other of the dishes from our dinner (two nights ago):

The appetizer… cucumber slices with a topping of tomato and feta (lemon, basil and vinegar, too):

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A salad of candied pecans, raspberries, blue cheese, peaches, tossed in a light peach-balsamic vinaigrette:

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Broiled teriyaki salmon, black Chinese rice and my kale, served with an organic table white. IMG_9803

Dessert was a fantastic rustic apple tart with an apricot glaze and whipped cream of which I have no pictures. Ate it too fast.

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