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Sep 16

5 Lifestyle Changes To Make Before I Turn 55

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Next week I will be celebrating my 55th birthday and as always around this time of the year I starting thinking of the changes that I need to make in order to live a healthier lifestyle.

Five of those lifestyle changes include:

drinking more waterNOPE;

drinking less alcoholNO WAY JOSE;

getting more sleepNEVER;

exercising moreNOT GONNA HAPPEN

and last but not least

eat more veggiesYES YES YES!  

I love my veggies especially fresh collards and kale!

eating healthy

 

If I’ve said it once, I’ve said it a thousand times, Kale is an awesome Superfood, one that my grandmother cooked almost every Sunday, or at least twice per month.

On the other Sundays or during the week it would be either collards or cresses, which to this day, I have never seen a “cresse” in the grocery stores.

I normally don’t use much seasoning except for maybe a smoked turkey neck or wing, onion and a little bit of sugar, which is why I decided to try this Greens & Kale Seasoning Mix by Concord Foods.  Chicken broth is also good to add to the pot of water for more flavor but it’s not necessary.

seasonings for collard and kale greens

The sodium content is extremely high at 320 mg so I didn’t use the entire pack. When cooking Kale, make sure to thoroughly wash the leaves in the sink or in a deep bowl then tear away the stems from the leaves.

wash greens in a sink or deep bowl

I love fresh sweet onions but chose to use several pearl onions as they were in refrigerator – TIP: peel onions under the stove’s exhaust fan turned on low to keep from crying.  I also forgot to add some minced garlic but a few teaspoons are great to add on top of the kale once the water starts to boil.

use fresh onions when cooking kale

In a large pot, bring 3 cups of water and smoked meat (optional) to a boil.    Add diced onions, garlic and seasoning.  Pour in a few teaspoons of sugar which is also optional and stir.

add kale to boiling water

Cover pot and simmer on low heat, turning occasionally for about 2 hours or until kale is tender, add more water or broth as needed.

add hot sauce to kale

Sprinkle Red Crushed Peppers or Frank’s Red Hot Sauce on top and enjoy.

I need a little spice added to my healthy greens, how about you!

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  1. imagesbytdashfield

    Happy Birthday early and while not a fan of kale I’ve been craving some collards lately.

    1. DelBlogger

      Yes, my husband loves collard greens!

  2. Diane Komara

    2 hours?

    1. DelBlogger

      oh for the greens, yes sometimes longer if they aren’t tender enough for us.

    2. DelBlogger

      Yes, or 1 1/2 hours but we like them very tender.

  3. Suzie Jackson

    I have never cooked kale but after this I think I will try it girl. You always inspire me to cook new things! And WOW happy birthday girly. I love ya!!!!

    1. DelBlogger

      What!!?? Never cooked kale, gurl you will love it! Thank you, I can’t believe that I will be 55!

  4. staciesayzso

    You know, I was just looking at kale the other day thinking I wanted to try them out as greens. Now I’m going to have to for sure. Looks delish!

    1. DelBlogger

      I love kale and once the weather changes it is usually on the menu every Sunday. Let me know how you like them.

    2. DelBlogger

      I hope you like it, as it is very healthy for us.

  5. Louida (@MissLouMae)

    I never tried kale as greens, but I have used them in my juices. I probably should cook kale for Thanksgiving. #ProductReviewParty

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