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 water – NOPE;
drinking less alcohol – NO WAY JOSE;
getting more sleep –NEVER;
exercising more – NOT GONNA HAPPEN
and last but not least
eat more veggies – YES YES YES!
I love my veggies especially fresh collards and kale!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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Be safe and I’ll see ya next week!