Monday, November 21, 2011

Kale & Beets with Pecans

1 large bunch Kale, ribs removed, chopped
1 lb Beets, peeled and grated
2 tablespoons Olive Oil
3 cloves garlic minced
1/2 to 1 teaspoon ginger
3-4 tablespoons of Pecans (you can toast them for about 3-4 minutes to improve flavour)
Orange zest and juice from one orange
Sea salt to taste

Gently clean the kale and beets under cool running water.
Remove the ribs from the kale and discard. Chop the kale leaves into 1/2-3/4 inch strips.
Heat the olive oil in a large skillet on medium heat. Add garlic. Saute about 5 minutes until garlic and stems are softened.
Add the kale greens and saute adding ginger and salt to taste. (I recommend using freshly grated ginger but powdered ginger will work, as well.) Turn the greens in the pan using a large pair of tongs and add juiced orange. The water clinging to the washed greens is typically enough to steam them a bit but, if needed, you can add a few extra tablespoons. Saute until soft—about 5-7 minutes longer.
Serve sprinkled with toasted pecans and grated beets. A small amount of orange zest, if you have it, provides a colourful garnish for this dish

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