Try it Tuesday - Spicy Sauteed Kale

Donielle is hosting a new carnival, Try it Tuesday, where we share a new food or recipe we have recently tried. It's perfect because just last week, Craig and I tried kale for the first time.

Kale is high in fiber, lots of vitamins including C, E, and beta-carotene, it's an easily absorbed form of calcium, and is considered an cancer fighter because of it's phytonutrients. Basically - it's an overall super veggie!

I had found a recipe online I wanted to try so when I saw kale at the farmer's market I snatched it up...but then I couldn't re-find the recipe! I did however, find this one. I was surprised that I liked it, (I really thought I was going to have to suffer through it), and Craig doesn't even really liked cooked spinach but he thought it was pretty good too. Here it is with my alterations:

Spicy Sauteed Kale:
  • One Bunch of Kale
  • 2-3 Tablespoons Olive Oil
  • 3 cloves garlic
  • 1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • 1/4 cup Parmesan cheese
Wash and trim kale. I cut off the bottom part of the main big stem but didn't cut the leaves from the main stem - that was a mistake. That part was kinda...fibery. Take the extra time to cut all the thick stem away. Pat dry.

Heat oil in a skillet. Once warm, add kale and garlic and saute, tossing fairly regularly, for 3-5 minutes. The original recipe said 3 but I think it could have used an extra minute or two. (I sliced the garlic but I think minced would have more evenly distributed the flavor.)

Add the red pepper and Parmesan and toss to coat. The original recipe called for 1 tsp of red pepper flakes and we thought that was way too much. But then again, we are kinda wussy when it comes to hot flavors in foods. Start with 1/2 teaspoon, you can always add more after you taste it. If you are feeding any small children, I would leave it out altogether for their portion.

Serve and enjoy!


  1. I'll have to try that one some time! Especially now that farmers markets are starting around here. I've only tried making kale a couple times. The first time I think it was to ripe, the second, I over sauteed it and it was a bit crispy! :-) I like the idea of Parmesan cheese on it!

    Thanks for participating!

  2. I recently tried this with spinach and it was tasty too.