Wednesday, October 19, 2011

My Favorite Sauteed Kale

Photo by Spongebob Chefpants!
Today, I am sharing one of my favorite kale recipes, as well as sharing the photo talents of some of my online cooking buddies over at

Now, as food bloggers, we all know a picture is worth a thousand words.  But sometimes timing, lighting and HUNGER are not always on our side!  I have yet to snap a decent picture of my sauteed kale, but some of my internet cooking friends, who were nice enough to take the time to make and review my recipe, did!  Photo credits with links under each pic!  I encourage you to check out their recipes on, and while they might not be vegans, they are both 'veggie friendly'.  After all, they did both take the time to make sauteed KALE, (quite beautifully, I might add), so I think that maybe gives them an honorary degree...

Photo by Rita~

I LOVE kale and this is how I like to make it almost every time. It is simple and delicious.

Now, I am a hot pepper flake chick, but if that's too much for you, just leave it out. Great as a side dish, but I can eat this as my main meal, maybe just add some chickpeas or cannelini beans in at the end of cooking time. If stems aren't your thing, leave them out.  I usually de-stem the leaves, then chop up the tender parts of the stems, leaving the rough ends behind.

1 1/2 lbs kale, stems and leaves coarsely chopped
2 tablespoons olive oil
Crushed red pepper flakes, to taste (optional)
2 garlic cloves, finely sliced
1/2 cup vegetable stock or 1/2 cup water
salt and pepper, to taste
2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar


  • Heat olive oil in a large saucepan over medium-high heat.
  • Add crushed red pepper flakes, if using, and let them sizzle a bit in the oil.
  • Add the garlic and cook until soft, but not colored.
  • Raise heat to high, add the stock and kale and toss to combine.
  • Cover and cook for 5 minutes.
  • Remove cover and continue to cook, stirring until all (most) the liquid has evaporated. I like the kale to still remain bright-ish green.
  • Season with salt and pepper to taste and add vinegar.

Photo by Rita~


  1. Yum! This sounds tasty! I love kale!

  2. It's veen too long since I ate kale! I usually juice it. :P I want some now!


  3. Kale is my fave! i literally could probably eat just kale for a week or so and not get sick of it. i love discovering fun new ways to try it, too! i like the idea of making the kale the main dish by just adding white beans.. will hafta try that! have you ever had a raw kale salad? sooooo good! i was scared at first b/c raw kale seems intense, but when you use avo/evoo to coat it, it is just fabulous!