Dubbed the “new beef” secondary to its high iron level. Weighing in at only 40 calories, zero fat and a whopping 5 grams of fiber for a 1 cup serving, kale is hailed as a champion in the nutrition world. It is a powerful antioxidant and anti-inflammatory food warding off disease and contains abundant amounts of vitamins K, A and C all important for immunity, skin, vision and bodily functions. For all you non-dairy drinkers out there, per calorie kale contains more calcium than milk!
I found this recipe in the April, 2013 edition of Women’s Health Magazine and as usual I modified using the ingredients I had in the house. I like keeping kale recipes on hand because in a few weeks our garden will be overflowing with kale and I will run out of different ways to prepare it!
Kale Skillet with Egg, Onion, and Tomato
1 1/4 cup quartered cherry tomatoes
1/2 Tablespoon balsamic vinegar
2 large bunches of kale
1 1/2 yellow onion, chopped
4 cloves garlic, minced
5 large eggs
a few large glugs of olive oil
salt & pepper to taste
-In a small bowl, toss cherry tomatoes with balsamic vinegar and set aside.
-Remove kale from stems and chop leaves, place in a large bowl of cool water, and swirl to rinse. Transfer to a colander allowing a bit of water to remain on leaves.
-In a large cast-iron skillet over medium heat, saute onion in olive oil until softened and browned. Reduce heat to low and add garlic, saute for 3 minutes.
-Add kale leaves to skillet, turn heat to high and toss with tongs until leaves wilt. Add salt & pepper to taste.
-Make five indents, or “nests” in kale. Crack 1 egg into each nest.
-Cover skillet and reduce heat. Cook until yolks are set, about 5 minutes.
-Add cherry tomatoes and vinegar to skillet, then enjoy!
To round out the meal we had roasted fingerling potatoes. First, in a bowl drizzle potatoes with olive oil and sprinkle with salt & pepper to taste. If you want to get fancy, add freshly chopped parsley, rosemary or thyme. Transfer onto a pan and roast in a 450 degree oven for 25 minutes or until soft on the inside and golden on the outside.
This is such a quick, easy, affordable and hearty meal that is loaded with health benefits. For a vegan version you can substitute eggs with cannellini beans…hope you like it too!
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