I want to incorporate more green, leafy vegetables into our diet, but needed to find easy, flavorful ways to serve them. We got a big bunch of kale and I got to work looking for good recipes.
I decided to go with steaming because it seemed like a great way to keep the nutrients intact and cut down on some of the bitterness of kale.
Kale is probably the most nutrient-dense food per calorie of all foods.
But it's kind of bitter.
I heated water in the bottom of a large pot and put the (rarely used) steamer section into the pot.
I don't like it when recipes don't tell me amounts to use, especially of an ingredient that I don't use often. Several recipes I researched called for "a large bunch" of kale, and some said "steam kale" without even telling me how much!
I can tell you that I put in 4 very large handfuls of kale and watched it quick reduce down as it steamed, covered.
Then I tasted it after 10 minutes and the bitterness was still present.
If I want my family to eat, and LIKE, greens, then I knew I needed to make them more palatable.
So I added in 2 handfuls of chopped romaine, and that was a great balance.
I covered the steamer and cooked an additional 10 minutes.
I pulled the steamer tray out and seasoned the greens with minced garlic, dried dill, and dried basil, a little Kosher salt and black pepper.
This was a great greens dish!
I asked my youngest to try the greens with dinner, and he ended up eating 2 servings, without any issue. The leftovers were good reheated the next day as well.
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Enjoy Your Veggies!