Friday, November 27, 2015

Farm Share Friday: Lacinato Kale Hearts

This week's farm share was full of ordinary vegetables. Normal stuff like carrots and Brussels sprouts, sweet potatoes and butternut squash. The cauliflower was even white! (Last week it was green and the week before it was orange.) The kale hearts was the best I could do. What's different about this kale, you can't see in the bouquet photo. But don't worry, I've over-photographed this veg.
See the bottoms? How it looks like the heart of other leafy greens? Kale hearts.

Here's a not so secret secret. We don't even like kale. I'll never forget at our old farm share, overhearing a woman in the barn talking about how much her kids loooooooved kale chips. So the dude and I thought, "we'll try that, even kids like it." We chopped kale and spread the kale on a baking sheet, we oiled the kale and salted the kale. And then we threw away kale chips.

For a while I was using it in a chocolate-kale smoothie from Superfood Smoothies. It was okay but maybe a little gritty, what I really needed was one of those high performance blenders. But alas, even after I got one of those high performance blenders I realized the chocolate-kale smoothie was gross. So now kale is confined to stewed preparations. Two of our favorites are Chicken, Sweet Potato and Kale Soup (Skinny Taste) and Coconut Curried Kale and Sweet Potato (Cookie and Kate).


Rebecca said...

Hummm. While I do not have a farm share of kale week after week I do enjoy it added to a spaghetti sauce. Mince the hell out of it and sauté with the onions and garlic and the tomatoe products and simmer it down.

Bea said...

I don't mind kale, but I admit it took me a while. I throw it into a lot of salads.

Anonymous said...

I actually do love kale. To the point that I grow several different varieties because they taste noticeably different. But I never noticed the kale "hearts"! Thank you for that!! (BTW, kale chips ARE gross!)