Category: Kale

Kale Chips

Kale Chips

Time to make 35 minutes | Makes: 1 pan | Source Rachel Tyree Benson, RPFarm 2018 CSA Member

Since April, I have lost 30 pounds and having these weekly veggie boxes has really kept me focused and on track! Today I’ve made my favorite kale chips which have really become a staple for me… I’m so fortunate to have Riehm’s right down the road from us. See her before and after pictures…

Ingredients

  • 1 bunch Kale
  • Evoo oil
  • Salt-n-vinegar seasoning or sour cream and onion seasoning

Instructions

  1. Put kale laid flat in air fryer at 200 degrees for about 20 minutes or until dry.
Kale: How To’s

Kale: How To’s

Source Harvie.farm

Instructions

1. Rinse ‘Em
No matter where you got your greens—farmers’ market, farm stand, CSA—it’s important to rinse them clean of any dirt or (eek!) bugs that may be clinging on the leaves. Use cold water so they don’t wilt, and be sure to rinse them thoroughly. You can give them a rough chop if you’d like at this point, which will make them easier to work with later on.

2. Blanch ‘Em
Bring a large pot of water to a boil—no need to salt it as you would for pasta, or for actual cooking. You’re just taking the raw edge off. Once the water’s boiling, add the clean greens and use tongs or a spoon to submerge them completely underwater. The water temperature will drop, so be sure to keep it at a boil by covering the pot or turning up the heat. Let the greens swim around in the boiling water for about 30 seconds.

3. Shock ‘Em
Using tongs or a wire spider strainer, transfer the greens to a large bowl or pot of ice water. This should be cold, cold, cold—plain tap water won’t do. The near-freezing water will stop the greens from overcooking, and help them retain their vibrant green color. Let them swim around in the cold water, adding more ice as necessary, for two to three minutes.

4. Squeeze ‘Em
Drain the water and ice, and gather the greens in your hands. Squeeze out as much water as possible—really put some muscle into it. Excess water will freeze, coating the greens with ice crystals that will degrade the flavor and texture as they sit in the fridge. It will take a few rounds of squeezing, so consider it your arm workout for the day.

5. Pack ‘Em Tightly
Once the greens are pliable but dry, pack them very tightly into baseball-sized spheres, as if you were packing wet snow into a snowball. They’ll stick together thanks to the dampness, but try not to manhandle them too much.

6. Freeze ‘Em
Space the balls of kale, chard, etc., out evenly on a sheet pan, maintaining their shape but not allowing them to touch. Cover the pan tightly with a sheet of plastic wrap; this will keep them from collecting ice crystals. Place it in the freezer for one to two hours, until the greens have frozen partially. Doing this rather than dumping them all in a bag will ensure that they stay separate and don’t form into one big lump. This is helpful when you remove them from the freezer at a later date; you can just take out as many or as few as you need.

7. Package ‘Em
Once the greens have frozen partially, transfer them to heavy plastic bag; remove as much air as possible when you seal it. Store in the freezer, and remove the balls as needed. The balls are perfectly sized, so you never have to thaw an entire package (and waste half of it) again.

Mixed Kale Quick Stir Fry Saute

Mixed Kale Quick Stir Fry Saute

Makes Yield: Serves 4 as a side dish | Source sent to us by Harvie.farm

Ingredients

  • 1 large bunch kale or chard
  • 1 large bunch spinach
  • 2-3 cloves garlic
  • 3 green onions, chopped OR 1 large shallot, minced
  • About 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • Sea or kosher salt and pepper, to taste

Instructions

  1. Before you start, make sure your greens are prepared and ready to go. Give them a good rinse (dirty greens will taste gritty and, well, dirty!) and let them dry. Kale and chard need to be removed from the thickest part of the stem, but the thinner softer stems are fine to leave on. Give them a coarse chop into chunks a bit bigger than bite-sized. Greens will cook down and reduce in size.
  2. Once your greens are prepared, heat the garlic in olive oil for about a minute, then add the onions or shallot and heat for another minute or two.
  3. Add kale or chard and heat until just barely tender, about 6-8 minute for kale, and a little less for the chard.
  4. Add the spinach and cook just until wilted but still bright green, about 1-2 minutes.
  5. Season with salt and pepper, to taste. Serve immediately. (Optional, Sesame seeds.)
Acorn Squash Soup

Acorn Squash Soup

Prep 20 minutes | Cook 45 minutes | Makes Yield: about 1 pot | Source allrecipes.com & Vita Mix Cookbook

I add a small amount of maple syrup (less than a teaspoon) to my bowl of soup…it seems to “brighten” the flavor a bit. – Faye Dittamore

Ingredients

  • 2 Acorn Squash, halved and seeded
  • 1 large sweet onion, chopped
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 2 medium Gala apples
  • 4 cups Kale, torn
  • 1/2 tsp nutmeg
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 pinch salt & pepper to taste
  • 1 Tbsp apple cider vinegar
  • 1/2 cup almond milk
  • 1/2 cup raw almonds
  • 3 cups carrot juice

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.
  2. Place squash cut side down in baking dish, add water to cover the bottom of the dish.
  3. Bake in the oven until flesh is easily pricked with a fork, about 45 minutes. When done, remove from oven and let cool until squash can be handled. Scoop out flesh and set aside.
  4. Bring to boil and then reduce heat to simmer, covered, 30 minutes: carrot juice, almond milk, apple cider vinegar, almonds, onion, carrot, garlic, apples, kale, and spices.
  5. Ladle squash, vegetables, and liquid into Vita Mix or another high speed blender (necessary to “hide” kale and a great way to sneak it into your diet). Slowly increase speak to 10 then high for one minute.
  6. Pour pureed soup into a clean pot and repeat #5 until remaining ingredients are pureed.
  7. Mix all batches and serve hot.

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