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Improvising with Kale
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Improvising with Kale

One of my favorite things to do is walk into the kitchen, take out a pile of Kale or similar greens and start cooking. I usually have no idea what is going to come out of the pot at the end, but it always surprises me how tasty it is. The secret to this game is keeping a wide variety of canned ingredients in the cupboard. Things like all variety of beans, corn, coconut milk, vegetable stock, and pre-made sauces like Tikka Masala simmering sauce, Thai curry pastes, Italian red sauce, or even various flavors of soup flavoring. All of these things can be purchased in vegan, gluten free, organic versions at a good natural food store.

Then it is time to turn on the electric wok and start cooking. I almost always start with dicing an onion, and water or oil sauteing it with the beginnings of flavor i.e. Salt and Pepper and sometimes herbs that match what ever sauce I decide to use. After the onions are soft, I add enough water to steam the greens for 15 minutes or so and then add the flavoring sauce I have chosen followed by the greens and usually a can or two of my favorite beans or crispy tofu. Mix it all up and turn the heat down to medium, put on the lid and let it steam until tender. Depending on the quantity of cooked greens I end up with, I will either serve the dish by itself or offer a starch to bulk it up a bit. Gluten free pasta, brown or black rice, or quartered and boiled new potatoes have all been used for this purpose.

Throw away your fear and start creating. It is fun, especially if you have a beautiful sous chef as I do, and you won't believe how delicious your kale will be when you get done.

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  1. Veganara
    Voted. Great blog. I keep hearing about all the benefits of kale, I must get some! You might be interested in my Mixed Fruit Sundaes recipe, and if you like it, please vote!
    1. Kale is the new beef
      Thank you Veganara. I will take a look
  2. Akanksha
    Welcome to the Flaming Vegan! Yeah, it is a good idea to keep stuff handy.
    1. Kale is the new beef
      Thanks, Akanksha Lai.
  3. The Flaming Vegan Crew
    The Flaming Vegan Crew
    The Flaming Vegan Crew loves Kale! What other edible plant will grow until January in the midwest!?
  4. BuddhasDelight
    lol fabulous! omg, i love kale and i adore your experimental approach! so funny, i am the same way with kale, just love it and love your blogging name btw, hilarious! voted! :)
  5. SnakeWitch
    Love this article! Actually, the only time I experimented with kale I ended up disappointed, but if you keep on posting, I may just end up liking it! Voted! Please check out my article, They Say It's Misplaced Pride, and vote if you like it!


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