Tag Archives: kale

surprise black bean dish

15 May

IMG_1203Got some black beans, sweet potatoes and kale?

Mix them together, sprinkle some cumin and chili powder, place them on corn tortillas, and you’ve got yourself a winning lunch or dinner in no time!

Here’s how:

Serves 2 – Prep time 5 minutes – Total time 20 minutes

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup dry black beans soaked for 8 hours and cooked for 45 minutes – 1 hour, or rinsed from BPA free can
  • 2 small sweet potatoes, cut into 1/2 inch pieces
  • 3 leaves of kale, leaves removed from stems
  • 2-4 corn tortillas
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 2-3 tsp cumin
  • 2-3 tsp chili powder
  • 2 pinches of se salt

Directions:

1. Prep your ingredients: Rinse, then cut your sweet potatoes into 1/2 inch pieces. Rinse your kale, then remove leaves from stems and rip into small pieces. Rinse off your beans whether canned or homemade. Take out corn tortillas.

2. Cook: Over medium heat add olive oil to a pan, then place your chopped sweet potatoes and mix. Add your spices and salt, mix again. Cover and let cook for 2-3 minutes. Add in a drop or two of water, cover and let steam for 5-7 minutes, until sweet potatoes soften. Warm up your tortillas. In your pan, add in black beans and kale then mix. Cover and let cook for another 3-5 minutes, until kale is sautéed and beans are mixed thoroughly with the sweet potatoes. 

3. Serve: Place your delicious vegetarian taco filling onto your corn tortillas, serve with cilantro, sour cream, avocado, lettuce, shredded cheese, or au naturale. 

 

alligator pear kale salad

3 Apr

photo-24Let’s admit it, kale is a trendy vegetable.

Trendy for it’s nutritional components, it’s funky looks, ever-changing taste and versatility…kale is pretty cool indeed.

Cool enough that a friend of ours started The Kale Project, re-introducing the leafy green to the city of lights. She kindly featured our famous sesame kale salad on her blog, and we hope her readers enjoyed it as much as our students do at lunch!

Here is another kale salad recipe that will leave your tastebuds satisfied, and ever amazed at how versatile this veggie really is.

Here’s how:

Serves 6

Ingredients:

  • 1 head, curly kale, leaves removed from stems
  • 1 avocado
  • 3 tbsp fresh lemon
  • 3 tbsp sesame seeds

Directions:

1. Prep ingredients: Remove kale leaves from stems, rinse under water. Place in salad spinner, spin until dry. Line leaves on top of each other, then cut into thin strips. Cut avocado in half, remove the pit, peel away the skin, then chop up the flesh. Juice your lemon.

2. Finishing touches: In a large bowl add kale and avocado. Get your hands messy by mixing in the avocado into the kale, massaging until the kale leaves are fully saturated. Pour in the lemon juice, mix again. Finish with sesame seeds, then serve!

lemony kale salad

27 Feb

photo-8We love kale around here!

The all mighty kale is full of vitamin K – important for strong bones, vitamin A – fostering healthy eyes and skin, vitamin C – important for the health of cell activity, among many other nutrients, making it one of the most nutrient-dense veggies around!

Here’s a simple, and lemon-liscious kale salad recipe. Makes for a perfect snack or appetizer.

Ingredients:

Serves 2

  • Curly leaf kale, 4 or 5 stems
  • Lemon, 2 tbsp freshly squeezed
  • Olive oil, 1 tbsp
  • Sea salt, pinch
  • Pepper, crack or two

Directions: 

1. Prep your kale: Rinse, spin dry or pat dry your kale. Remove the leaves from stems. Line up your kale leaves one on top of the other. Chop the leaves into thin slices.

2. Prep your dressing: Squeeze fresh lemon juice into a small container, add olive oil and whisk vigorously until the dressing looks vibrantly yellow.

3. Finish salad: Add kale leaves into your bowl, drizzle with your dressing. Massage the dressing into the kale, so it’s all coated and rubbed in. Top with a dash of salt and a crack of pepper.

Enjoy and chew well!

Rock star snack idea

16 Jul

Dinosaur kale + homemade hummus + seasonal fresh raspberries, all in one?! Who knew these ingredients could come together to form an awesome savory + sweet snack for children and adults alike. We were so inspired by this unusual recipe from a great blog that we decided to try it out for ourselves.

Here’s how

Ingredients:

  • Dinosaur kale
  • Raspberries
  • Hummus

Directions:

Remove kale leaves from the stem. Add a dollop of hummus at one end of the leaf, then place a raspberry on top. Roll into a wrap, and dig in for a prefect summer snack!

children asking for seconds on raw kale

30 May

6025692440_543276b369We taught a cooking class at PS 261 during their wellness week, and made a quick and tasty strawberry, banana and kale smoothie using greek yogurt and honey.

We started our class with a big stretch and a few jumping jacks to get us in the smoothie mood. Then we tasted kale raw, and asked for feedback from our students. Most of them didn’t really like the taste, they said it tasted like grass and other not-so-delicious things. We then explained all of the health properties of the fruits and vegetables we were blending, and stretched some more. We blended up the ingredients, and passed around smoothie cups for all.

They couldn’t wait to dig in! As you can expect, they all loved it. So we asked them if they could taste the kale in the smoothie? Some said yes, others said no. Then we asked if anyone wanted to bring back some raw kale to their classrooms as a parting gift. They all showed an enthusiastic amount of hands and fingers, and we passed out cups full of kale leaves. Some even asked for seconds, and we snacking on the leaves!

It’s a true gift to be able to spread the message to children that food has healing properties, and by eating well we become stronger, brighter and more brilliant!  Thank you to PS 261 for hosting us, we had a blast!

Photo courtesy of photofarmer