If you’re looking for a really simple and fast way to enjoy cooked kale, this is it! The recipe is flexible, so you can tailor it to the amount of servings you need. Opting for prepackaged, already washed and cut kale makes it even easier and cuts prep time that much more. With only four ingredients, you’ll have a simple side dish with guests asking for the recipe!
Below is a demonstration of how to make this recipe. The written recipe is below that.
Simple Stir-Steamed Kale (Oil Free)
Makes About 4 Servings
About ½ pound of fresh kale, or 1 large bunch of kale
Up to 1 cup vegetable broth
2 to 4 cloves garlic, chopped
1 to 2 Tbsp lemon juice or vinegar (such as apple cider vinegar or rice vinegar)
Wash and cut the kale into bite-size pieces. The stems can be included or removed, if preferred. (Using prewashed, already chopped, and bagged kale omits this step.)
In a large pot with a lid, heat about ½ cup of the vegetable broth over medium to medium-high heat. Add the garlic and stir-steam the garlic for 1 or 2 minutes, until it starts to soften. Add the kale and stir to coat the leaves with the hot broth. Place the lid on the pot and allow it to steam for about 10 minutes, until the kale is as tender as you like. Stir it occasionally as it cooks, and add more broth as needed to prevent the mixture from becoming dry.
When the kale is cooked, remove the pot from the heat and stir in the lemon juice or vinegar. Start with 1 tablespoon, taste, then add more if desired. Serve.
Store leftovers in a covered container in the refrigerator.
Julia W. Klee (Judi) began her journey enjoying “all things food” in elementary school when she started preparing meals for her family. That love of food blossomed into a quest to learn more and more about health and wellness as related to nutrition. She went on to earn a BS Degree in Food and Nutrition, then an MS Degree in Nutrition. She has taught nutrition and related courses at the college level to pre-nursing and exercise science students. Her hunger to learn didn’t stop upon graduation from college. She continues to research on a regular basis about nutrition as it relates to health. Her hope is to help as many people as possible to enjoy foods that promote health and wellness.