I LOVE KALE

Its true! I do love Kale! I can’t believe I havent been eating this in EVERYTHING! I had never really had kale before making this soup a couple weeks ago, and now Im on my third batch of it! I think it tastes WAAAAY better than steamed spinach and its uber healthy:

Nutritional value

Kale is considered to be a highly nutritious vegetable with powerful antioxidant properties and is anti-inflammatory.[2]

Kale is very high in beta carotene, vitamin K, vitamin C, lutein, zeaxanthin, and reasonably rich in calcium. Because of its high vitamin K content, patients taking anti-coagulants such as warfarin are encouraged to avoid this food since it increases the vitamin K concentration in the blood, which is what the drugs are often attempting to lower.

Kale, as with broccoli and other brassicas, contains sulforaphane (particularly when chopped or minced), a chemical believed to have potent anti-cancer properties.[3]

Tonight I made a pretty stinkin yummy pasta dish. Pasta is always a bit dangerous, who doesnt want to sit and eat a giant plat of alfredo? We switched to Whole Wheat a long time ago, but now its important to watch quantity too. A serving of pasta looks like this:

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See thats not very much, sure isnt a whole plateful is it?

Tonight’s dish was Whole Wheat pasta topped with Chicken Garlic Kale cream sauce. Well not very much cream, just enough. Basically I sautéed Onions, mushrooms, garlic in EVOO. Added some shredded Rotisserie chicken (we buy one of these about once a week and it last about 5-7 days) and steamed Kale. I then poured in about 1/2 cup Parmesan cheese and 3/4 cup Fat Free 1/2 and 1/2. Let simmer for 10 minutes. Pour over pasta…yum.

pasta dish

pasta dish 2

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