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Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Green Love.

The first time I ever tried kale, I couldn’t get past it’s rough texture. It just tasted so raw. “But it’s so good for you,” I just kept telling myself.  Well good-for-you-food should taste good.  So, here is a recipe I’ve been hooked on that’s easy to make, disguises kales ‘raw’ taste, and is yummy!

What you’ll need:

4 tablespoons water, divided 

6 cups chopped kale, swiss chard or collard greens, tough stems removed 
(I hate measuring. Especially greens. So I just used a bunch of kale – the amount that comes in the twist tie at Whole Foods. I also don’t like chopping so I just rip the leaves from the stalk. Trust me it’s faster and no one cares about how lovely your kale is chopped!)

2 tablespoons tahini (Tahini is ground sesame seeds and has a great nutty flavor. Be sure to mix it really good before going for your tablespoons.)

2 tablespoons orange or lemon juice (I keep a bag of clementine’s in my fridge for recipes that call for a small amount of orange juice. The juice from one clementine worked here!)

1 clove garlic, finely chopped

Heat 2 tablespoons water in a large skillet over medium heat. 
Add greens to cook, tossing occasionally, until wilted/turn a bright green color, about 5 minutes. Drain well. Let cool. 
In a large bowl, whisk together tahini, orange juice, remaining 2 tablespoons water and garlic. Add greens, toss to coat and enjoy immediately.


  1. Hey Jess, did you ever try making kale chips? Just throw a little oil and salt (if you want) and pop it in the oven for a bit. delish.

  2. Yes! I love them too! Great suggestion!