Any combination: onions, chives, shallots, garlic,
etc… (Allium family).
Fry bacon or pancetta along with these at this time if
you eat pork;
Otherwise, add slivers of sundried tomatoes canned in
olive oil. Set aside.
·Microwave 1-2 buttered yams until just cooked, almost
soft, let cool and set aside.
·While sauté is in process, wash and stack bitter leafy
greens, rolling into “cigar shape” from leaf tip to stem ends.
·Julienne crosswise greens after making 1-2 longitudinal
cuts down length of “cigar”.Set aside.
·Flavor oil in sauté with spices of choice; e.g.,
turmeric, curry powder, popped cumin or mustard seeds- to release essential
oils. (Available at http://www.littleindiaaz.com/). Spanish
smoked paprika (available at Whole Foods or online), cayenne, black pepper,
etc…can be added now. Do not salt yet.
·Braise / wilt down the julienned greens in the
·Add water, low sodium free range chicken broth, or
other broth to taste to aid braising. Cover and simmer.
·Cube cooled yam into ½” dice. I use peel, you may
choose to discard. Rinse and drain one can of white beans.
·When greens cooked to desired level, adjust salt and
pepper to taste. ( I prefer black salt from India, available at http://www.littleindiaaz.com/, which
adds a slight sulphur taste, this is an acquired butamazing exotic layer of flavor)
·Gently add cubed yams and drained beans to braised
greens. Replace pan lid just to heat
these additions. Do not over-stir and damage shape of beans and yams dice.
·Garnish with toasted chopped cashews and serve with
Modena balsamic vinegar and Arbequina olive oil.
Like broccoli, cauliflower, and collards, kale is a descendant of the wild
cabbage, a plant thought to have originated in Asia Minor and to have been
brought to Europe around 600 B.C. by groups of Celtic wanderers. Curly kale
played an important role in early European food ways, having been a significant
crop during ancient Roman times and a popular vegetable eaten by peasants in the
Middle Ages. English settlers brought kale to the United States in the 17th
For more information about kale and it's nutritional value, go here.