Friday, July 20, 2012

Eat More Kale

Eat More Kale is actually a website dedicated to eating local, eating healthy, and by all means promoting the yumminess of kale. Dried into chips is one of the best ways to eat it, imnsho. Better than store bought potato chips any day!

Researchers have identified over 45 different flavonoids in kale. This broad spectrum of antioxidants has been linked to cancer prevention, and kale is a star. Steamed kale is fiber rich and cholesterol lowering. If you have never tried kale before, the health benefits alone should put it at the top of your grocery list.

There are so many ways to prepare kale, but one way we found was to add it to a hummus sandwich.

Hummus with Kale Sandwich

One bunch of kale, rinsed, drained and leaves torn away from stems
Hummus, either homemade or store bought - we prefer roasted garlic hummus
Green onions, chopped
Half a bunch of cilantro, rinsed and chopped
One lemon

Put the kale in a pot filled with enough water to cover and bring to a boil. Cover and cook for about 3 minutes. Drain well in a colander. Shake the colander to be sure you've gotten most of the water out. Drizzle the drained kale with the lemon, squeezing as much juice from it that you can.

Mix the green onions and cilantro into the hummus, and spread over toasted bread. Top the hummus with a handful of the kale. Add another slice of toasted bread on top and enjoy!

My son discovered he liked adding thinly sliced lemons to his sandwich. I thought it made it too tangy, but you might try it both ways and decide which you like best. I used thin sandwich buns for the bread, but you could also use a pita, if you prefer.

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