Hail to Kale!

Hail to Kale!
This ancient vegetable is just bursting with goodness and so easy to prepare and enjoy . Part of the Brassica family of veg which includes Brussels and cabbages, kale comes in many varieties with beautiful leaves that need to be picked and eaten young to  pushed aside as a boring green, kale has deserved a revival and a revamp for the health conscious diner, a read of this…….
– Great detox veg – if you want to cleanse your digestive system – lowers cholesterol so good for the heart
– bursting with nutrients which we all need So with all this goodness, what are you waiting for, praise the kale and enjoy ! Heres a couple of recipe ideas for you to try…..
Kale and carrot salad with sesame and ginger dressing….
Large bunch kale, thinly chopped and steamed for 5 mins 3 spring onions thinly sliced 2 carrots grated
Dressing it up…. 1/2 inch of fresh ginger grated 1 tablespoons sesame seeds, toasted in a desert spoon of either maple syrup/honey/ agar or sugar Juice of a lemon 1 desert spoon soy sauce 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard 3 tablespoons rapeseed/olive oil
(Optional) sesame seeds toasted for a few minutes in a shallow frying pan till slightly coloured. You could use another seed toasted if you like
Steam chopped kale for 5 mins, place in large bowl with grated carrots and sliced spring onions. Combine all dressing ingredients and pour over kale combo. Scatter the sesame seeds if using. Mix well and serve
This salad keeps well for a few days in a fridge.

kalesalad

Hearty Kale Soup
Large bunch kale, thinly chopped, large stalk removed 1 Medium onion chopped 1 large/2 small carrots diced.
2 medium potatoes diced olive oil 2 teaspoons dried thyme 2 teaspoons dried sage 2 tblespoons tomatoe purée 2 veg stock cubes 1 1/2 litres hot water 200g dried or a large ton of beans or lentils – you can use any (kidney, cannelli, yellow, green lentils, whatever you can lay adding to the pot. Salt and pepper to taste.
Take a medium saucepan …… Gently cook onions for 5 mins, add chopped celery and potatoes half litres of hot water and gently bring the veg to a simmer.  beans/lentils and cook for further 5 mins. Serve and enjoy!

kalesoup

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