What’s all the fuss about with Kale?
OK, I’ll be honest with you. This is the first time I’ve ever cooked and eaten kale (let alone saved it from going to landfill!). Whilst we get quite a bit of veg from our waste food collections, kale isn’t top of the list, that is until last Monday night when we rescued bags of the stuff!
Kale has many great benefits, even if your’e not a vegan (obviously), but more so because it’s a great source of Vitamin A, Vitamin C, Calcium, Iron and Vitamin K (and so much more!). So I was as eager as a child at Christmas to get my mitts on a bag or two – so this Monday was my lucky day!
It’s a great vegetable to use with pasta, so that’s why I chose to use it with spaghetti, tomato’s, lashings of garlic, a handful of cashew nuts and sultana’s to give it that extra dab of deliciousness.
And for a change, I wasn’t wrong!
Try it, and believe me you’ll be asking for more – I know I did.
Garlicky Kale with Tomato’s & Cashew Nuts on a load of Spaghetti
What you’ll need (feeds 1-2)
A couple of handfuls of spaghetti
2 table spoons of olive oil
2 Cloves of garlic (finely chopped)
1 Onion (chopped)
2 handfuls of kale (torn up into bit sized chunks, remembering to remove the stalks)
A dash of salt and pepper
A handful of cashew nuts
A handful of sultana’s
A splash or two of lemon juice
2 handful’s of cherry tomato’s (cut in half)
What to do:
Cook your pasta and put to one side (making sure it’s not too overdone) or use up any that’s sitting in your fridge (like mine was after Monday night’s cafe night) – wondering what to do with it!
Whilst that’s cooking, heat up a frying pan or wok with the oil. Add the chopped onions, garlic and a shake or two of the salt and pepper. Let them cook, but not brown, for a couple of minutes letting the onion become infused by the garlic.
Then add the kale, the tomato’s, cashew nuts, sultana’s and a splash or two of lemon juice. Fry them on a medium heat, stirring constantly coating the kale with the oil and the garlicky onions – until the kale is tender and the tomato’s soften.
Once all mixed and softened take the pasta off the pan or boil a kettle and pour the hot water over the spaghetti (whilst in a jug) to reheat it. Drain the pasta, place in a bowl and then top that with the garlicky kale mixture.
All done. Let me know what you think 🙂 I especially loved the sultana’s added to it – just gave it that little bit of extra sweetness to the savoriness of the dish.
This recipe was inspired by a similar recipe on RealSimple.com