Warm Red Cabbage & Broccoli Slaw with Bacon

Warm Red Cabbage & Broccoli Slaw with Bacon

A good cabbage salad or coleslaw is a must-have for any gathering or occasion.

This recipe is a deliciously yummy coleslaw that is different from a traditional creamy slaw made with a mayonnaise dressing.

Every bite is refreshingly crisp, and includes:

• Red cabbage

Kale

Broccoli

• Parsley

• Sweet dried cranberries

• Buttery sweet cashews

• Shallots

• Crispy bacon

• Sweet Tangy Honey-Dijon vinaigrette

Every Bite Of This Warm Red Cabbage & Broccoli Slaw with Bacon
Is Deliciously Yummy

Every bite has the flavor of bacon, making it a light but meaty dish that can be served as a light entree or a tasty side dish.

It will make a great dish to take to a pot luck or to serve at a Sunday brunch.


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Warm Red Cabbage & Broccoli Slaw with Bacon

1 12-ounce bag broccoli slaw mix

2 cups red cabbage, shredded

2 cups kale, chopped

1/2 cup fresh parsley, chopped

3/4 cup dried cranberries

1/3 cup cashew, pieces

9 slices thick-cut bacon, cut into 1/2-inch strips

2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil

1 large shallot, thinly sliced

1/2 cup sherry vinegar

3 tablespoons Dijon mustard

2 tablespoons honey

Kosher salt

Toss together the broccoli slaw, cabbage, kale, parsley and cranberries in a large bowl.

Put the bacon in a large nonstick skillet; set over medium-high heat. Cook, stirring frequently, until well browned and crisp, 6 to 8 minutes. Remove to a paper towel–lined plate.

Pour off all but 2 tablespoons bacon fat from the skillet and add the olive oil. Add the shallot and cook over medium heat until softened, 2 to 4 minutes.

Next, add the vinegar, mustard and honey and whisk to combine. Bring to a simmer, then remove from the heat.

Warm Red Cabbage & Broccoli Slaw with Bacon

Immediately pour the dressing over the slaw mixture and toss to coat. Add the bacon and toss. Season with salt to taste.

Plate warm or place in fridge and let cool for 30 minutes to an hour.


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Big Green Fried Rice With Pork

Big Green Fried Rice With Pork

A one skillet meal packed with flecks of kale and punctuated with fresh asparagus, green onions and aromatics like garlic and ginger.

Every element of this fried rice delivers deliciousness.

Add pork and you have a very deliciously hunger satisfying meal.

This dish serves 2-3 plates. Prepare all of your ingredients ahead of time, and if you’re doubling the recipe to serve more people, cook it in two batches so you aren’t crowding the skillet.

Big Green Fried Rice With Pork

6 strips thick cut bacon, chopped, cooked

1 tablespoon toasted sesame oil

4 green onions, white and green parts, chopped

1 cup asparagus, sliced 1/4 inch segments

2 garlic cloves, minced

2 cups cold cooked brown rice

2 cups kale, trimmed and ribs removed, chopped well

2 eggs, beaten

1 tablespoon soy sauce

1 tablespoon peeled and grated fresh ginger

Sesame–chilli oil and zest of 1 lemon, to serve (optional)

Heat 1 tbsp of the sesame oil in a large skillet or wok over a high heat. Add the green onion and asparagus and cook for 3–4 minutes, until the onion softens.

Stir in the garlic and ginger. Wait 30 seconds, then add the rice and stir to separate the grains. Cook for about 3 minutes, until the rice is hot, then stir in the kale.

Shift the rice and vegetables to the sides of the skillet and add 1/2 tablespoon sesame oil to pan. Add the eggs and push it around until just set. Break up eggs with a spatula.

Drizzle in the soy sauce and stir-fry everything together until well combined, for about 30 seconds.

Optional to serve drizzled with sesame–chilli oil and lemon zest.

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Sweet Chicken Sausage Kale & Spaghetti Squash

Sweet Chicken Sausage Kale & Spaghetti Squash

If you haven’t tried making spaghetti squash before now, here’s a good place to start.

This is a versatile recipe as any sweet chicken sausage will do.

What is sweet chicken sausage?

It is ground chicken mix with different flavors of fruit and sometimes chilies could be added.

Fruits can include, apple, mango, peach, and cherry among others.

You can find in season fruits stuffed with chicken sausage at your local meat market.

This recipe used a Mango-Orange Chicken Sausage.

Why is the squash in this recipe called spaghetti squash?

Silver fork scrapping spaghetti squash from shell

It has this name because the meat of the squash looks just like spaghetti after it is roasted.

And the best part this Sweet Chicken Sausage Kale & Spaghetti Squash – it’s SO filling. No need to make anything on the side. Well, maybe this Toasted Sourdough Garlic Cheese Bread.

Sweet Chicken Sausage Kale & Spaghetti Squash

1 medium spaghetti squash or 2 small spaghetti squash

1 1/2 lbs. Italian chicken sausage, casings removed

1 yellow onion, diced

4 cloves garlic, minced

1 bunch kale

3 tbsp extra virgin olive oil, plus more for drizzling

Salt and pepper

1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper flakes

1/2-3/4 cup shredded Parmesan cheese

2 tbsp pecans chopped

2 tbsp fresh parsley, chopped

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F.

Place squash in the microwave for 3-4 minutes to soften. Using a sharp knife cut the squash in half lengthwise. Scoop out the seeds and discard.

Place the halves, with the cut side up, on a rimmed baking sheet. Drizzle with olive oil and sprinkle with salt, black pepper and cayenne pepper flakes (the flakes are optional).

Seasoned spaghetti squash on baking pan

Roast in the oven for 45-50 minutes, until you can poke the squash easily with a fork. Let cool until you can handle it safely.

Baked Spaghetti squash cooling on rack

Meanwhile, prepare the kale by removing the center stems and either tearing or cutting up the leaves.

Heat the olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add the onion and garlic and sauté for 4-5 minutes.

Sautéing onions & garlic in large skillet

Next add the chicken sausage and break apart with a spatula to crumble. Cook for 10-12 minutes, stirring regularly, until the sausage is browned and cooked through.

Next add the kale and stir. Cook until kale has wilted. Remove from heat and stir pepper strips. Set aside.

Sweet Chicken Sausage Kale & Spaghetti Squash

Once cooled, scrape the insides of the spaghetti squash with a fork to shred the squash into strands.

Transfer the strands into the skillet with the sausage and toss to combine.

Sweet Chicken Sausage Kale & Spaghetti Squash

Top with shredded Parmesan cheese and place under broiler on high. Leave until cheese has melted and it a little toasted.

Remove from under broiler and top chicken squash mixture with chopped pecans and parsley.

Green plate with Sweet Chicken Sausage Kale & Spaghetti Squash and a silver fork

Plate and serve.

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Kale For Salads Soups & Side Dish – recipes included

Kale For Salads Soups & Side Dish – recipes included

Kale is a leafy, cruciferous vegetable that is rich in nutrients. It comes in so many varieties, and in flavor variations as well.

Kale leaves can be white, red, purple and green. With either flat to curly-leaf edges.

There are 8 varieties of eatable kale and they include:

  • Curly Kale
  • Lacinato Kale
  • Red Russian Kale
  • Siberian Kale
  • Chinese Kale
  • Redbor Kale
  • Premier Kale
  • Walking Stick Kale
Red Kale Beets and Sweet Cilantro Vinaigrette

Depending on the variety, the flavor of kale can be a sweet to nutty sweet flavor or a peppery slightly bitter flavor.

The stems and ribs of the leaves are tougher and even more strongly flavored than the leaves themselves.

Most recipes will call for removing the stem and rib before adding it to the dish.

Moroccan Three Bean and Kale Soup

Baby Kale verses Large Kale

If you want to a salad using kale, use what is packaged as “baby kale.” The leaves are harvested small and have a milder flavor.

Save the larger leaves for soups, stews, and other cooked dishes.

Large Kale For Adding To A Pot Of Soup

You can also use them as substitutes for spinach or cabbage to add variety to the flavor of your favorite dishes.

Benefits Of Eating Kale

Kale offers a range of health benefits for the whole body.

Kale has a wide range of nutrients that can help prevent various health problems.

The leafy green contains fiber, antioxidants, vitamins C and K, and including minerals like calcium and iron.

Red Kale Cannellini Beans and Chorizo Soup

Antioxidants help the body remove unwanted toxins that result from natural processes and environmental pressures.

These toxins, known as free radicals, are unstable molecules. If too many build up in your body, they can lead to cell damage. This could result in health problems such as inflammation and diseases.

Kale and other green vegetables that contain chlorophyll can help prevent the body from absorbing heterocyclic amines (Source).

These are chemicals that occur when you grill or cook meat at a high temperatures.

A cup of cooked kale provides almost five times an adult’s daily need for vitamin K, around 15–18% of their calcium need, and about 7% of the daily phosphorus requirement.

Some research has reported that a high intake of vitamin K could help reduce the risk of bone fractures. Vitamin K is also needed for blood clotting.

Cider Braised Chicken With Apples and Kale

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Cider Braised Chicken With Apples and Kale

Cider Braised Chicken With Apples and Kale Recipe

You want to make the most of your evenings during the week. After working all day you’re tired and hungry. You don’t want to eat out or even eat prepackaged dinners.

You want a simple quick but delicious one-pan dinner recipe that can be made with minimal effort.

Cider Braised Chicken With Apples and Kale is that recipe. It’s a one-skillet meal that won’t leave you with an overflowing sink of dirty pots and pans.

Sink Full of Dirty Pots and Pans

One skillet meals can either be cooked on the stovetop or roasted in the oven.

About Kale The Leafy Green

Dark leafy greens like kale, are a good source of fiber, vitamin-C, Vitamin-K, and phytonutrients, that protect against disease.

Green leafy vegetables also contain carotenoids, indoles, saponins, and chlorophyll – all which are antioxidants that fight against certain cancers, preserve heart health, eye health, and help to keep your immune system in check.

If you’re asking why kale is bitter tasting, it is because it contains a chemical compound known as glucosinolates.

Kale is a members of the Brassica family, also known as cruciferous vegetables like broccoli, cabbage, spinach, among many others.


Read more here about Taming the Flavor of Bitter Greens


Glucosinolates are sulfur-containing compounds that are broken down into compounds called metabolites.

Metabolites are naturally occurring substances in nature that affect the pace of your bodies metabolism and trigger specific enzymatic reactions to help protect your cells from damage. Including the damage that leads to cancer (Source).

Glucosinolates found in butter tasting cruciferous vegetables have a antibiotic like effect helping to ward off bacterial, viral, and fungal infection in the intestines and other parts of the body.

Eat More Apples

You know the saying, “An Apple A Day Keeps The Doctor Away.” And that just could be true.

Apples are a good source of fiber and vitamin-C.

They also contain polyphenols, which have numerous health benefits.

Such preventing some cancers, promotes heart health, lowers blood pressure and so much more (Source).

Cider Braised Chicken With Apples and Kale

2 bunches kale

4 slices thick cut bacon

4 bone-in, skin-on chicken thighs

1 large shallot clove, diced

1 small apple, cored and sliced

1 1⁄2 cups apple cider or juice, not spiced

1 tablespoon Dijon Mustard

1 tablespoon thyme, fresh or dried

Preheat oven to 425° F.

Remove stems from washed kale and set aside. Tear kale leaves into bite-sized pieces. Slice the ends off of kale stems and thinly slice.

In a large oven-safe Dutch oven, cook bacon over medium heat until crispy. Remove bacon and drain on a paper towel-lined plate. Drain all but about 1 tablespoon of the bacon fat from the skillet, leaving enough to lightly coat the bottom of the pan.

In the same skillet, sear the chicken thighs, skin side down, until they easily release from the pan. Remove and set aside.

Add kale stems to the skillet, and cook for about 1 minute. Add the shallot and cook until fragrant, about 30 seconds. Add the apples and kale, cover, and cook until kale is wilted and apples are slightly softened, 2-3 minutes. Remove from skillet with a slotted spoon and set aside.

Remove the skillet from heat, add cider, and scrape the bottom of the pan, releasing the browned bits. Add mustard and thyme and mix well.

Add kale mixture back to the skillet and mix to coat in the cider sauce. Crumble the bacon, mix in, and top with the chicken, skin side up.

Roast in the oven, uncovered, until an instant read thermometer in the chicken reads 165-175° F, about 20 minutes.

Remove from oven, plate and serve.

Try this recipe with kale: Red Kale Cannellini Beans and Chorizo Soup.

Or how about this Salad recipe with apples: Golden Beets Fennel and Green Apple Slaw


Enchilada Casserole with Kale and Sweet Potatoes

Enchilada Casserole with Kale and Sweet Potatoes

Remember when kale was only used as a garnish with an orange slice on your favorite plated food? Or even used to decorate a salad bar? Kale has come a long was in the whole foods movement.

Facts About Kale

During the Middle Ages, kale was one of the most common green vegetables in Europe, as it was easy to farm.

During World War II, the farming of kale in England was encouraged by the Dig for Victory campaign. The leafy green vegetable was easy to grow and provided important nutrients to supplement those missing from a normal diet because of rationing (DailyMail).

The author of Taylor’s Guide to Heirloom Vegetables, Benjamin Watso writes that Kale and collard greens freezes well and tastes sweeter and more flavorful after being exposed to a frost.

Two servings a week of kale or any of its cruciferous vegetable cousins can help prevent cancer. 

The Classification and Colors of Kale

Kale is classified by its leaf type:

  • Curly-leaved (Scots Kale – Blue Curled Kale)
  • Plain-leaved
  • Rape kale
  • Leaf and spear (a cross between curly-leaved and plain-leaved kale)
  • Cavolo nero (also known as black cabbage, Tuscan Cabbage, Tuscan Kale, Lacinato and dinosaur kale)

The different colors of kale can range from green, light green, dark green, and violet-green to violet-brown.

If all of this has your saliva moving, then let’s move on to our featured recipe: Enchilada Casserole with Kale and Sweet Potatoes, and here is what you will need.

1 large sweet potato, grated (making about 2 cups)
1 small onion, sliced
1/2 teaspoon cumin seed
1 bag Fresh Baby Kale Mix
1 – 14.5-ounce can black beans, drained and rinsed
1 – 14.5-ounce can tomato sauce, no salt added
1/4 cup chipotle salsa
1/4 cup shredded Cheddar cheese (for a vegan dish use tofu or nutritional yeast)
4 corn tortillas cut into strips

Preheat oven to 425 degrees

Coat a 13 X 9-inch baking dish with butter or coconut oil (for a vegan or vegetarian dish)

Evenly spread the grated sweet potato in the baking dish, then layer the onion. Next sprinkle with the cumin seed, then layer on the kale and black beans (you can opt for adding 3/4th pound of cooked ground beef or chicken at this point).

Pour the tomato sauce over the dish, along with the chipotle salsa. Sprinkle with cheese, then spread the tortilla strips on top.

Cover and bake for 25 minutes. Let cool about 5 minutes. Plate and serve.

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Red Kale Beets and Sweet Cilantro Vinaigrette

Red Kale Beets and Sweet Cilantro Vinaigrette

Your diet has a large impact on nitric oxide (N-O) production. Beets, spinach, kale and any leafy greens are rich in nitrates. As you chew these foods the good bacteria in your saliva converts the nitrates into nitrites. Once in the stomach, the digestion continues acting on the nitrites and converts them to nitric oxide, among other compounds.

The antioxidants contained in these vegetables react with the nitrogen dioxide produced by the digestion process, scavenging the oxygen molecule, to reduce it to still more nitric oxide. Once completely digested, the N-O is then absorbed through the intestinal tract and pasted into the bloodstream.

Why should all of this be of interest to you? Because nitric oxide circulates through your body helping to keep it alive.  Your heart uses it to keep pumping vital nutrients and oxygen throughout your body.

N-O is also produced in the lining of our arteries, but as we age the body does not produce as much nitric oxide. Studies show as you complete your 4th decade of life, your body is only making about half, if not less then half of what it made when you were 20.

That is why it is important to eat a variety of nitric oxide containing plants, and our featured recipe fits the bill.

Our featured recipe is: Red Kale Beets and Sweet Cilantro Vinaigrette, and here is what you will need.

Sweet Cilantro Lime VinaigretteWe’ll start with the vinaigrette. 

1 cup packed cilantro

1/2 cup extra-virgin olive oil

1/4 cup lime juice ( 1 small lime)

1/4 cup orange juice

1/2 teaspoon Himalayan salt (or sea salt)

1/2 teaspoon black pepper

Pinch of minced garlic or 1/8 teaspoon of powered garlic

2 – 3 teaspoons of coconut sugar (optional)

Place all ingredients into a blender or food processor, and blend or process until smooth.

Place into a jar with a tighten lid, and store in the refrigerator for up to 10 days.

For the salad you will need:

2 cups red kale, about 3 steams

1/3 cup beets, steam, and diced ( 1 small beet or 3 baby beets)

2 -3 tablespoons pine nuts

3 – 4 tablespoons goat cheese

Remove leaf parts of kale from steams and wash under fresh cool water. Next cut kale into smaller bite sizes portions with a pare of kitchen shears and arrange on a dinner plate.

You have the option to use canned beets (preferably organic grown), dicing the sliced beets into 1/2 inch squares. If you chose to use fresh beets, slice the beets, about 1 inch slices, and place into a steamer, until slightly soft. Remove, and cool a bit, and dice into 1/2 inch squares, making a 3rd of a cup. Arrange the beets over the kale.

Next add the pine nuts and goat cheese. Drizzle with Sweet Cilantro Lime Vinaigrette, and enjoy with slices of olive bread (we used an olive bread made with olive oil and black olives, no canola oil) or your favorite bread .

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Kale Sweet Potato and Chicken Salad

Kale Sweet Potato and Chicken Salad

 

Orange colored vegetables and fruits have a lot of health benefits. Such as beta-carotene not only good for eye health, but can also delay cognitive aging and protect skin from sun damage.

Beta carotene is a precursor for vitamin A, which is commonly referred to as retinol. Vitamin A is important for night vision, also an antioxidant that can neutralize damaging free radicals in the body.

The old days always taught us that only citrus fruit had vitamin C. But all orange foods are full of vitamin C, an antioxidant that protects against heart disease and helps rebuild collagen in the skin. Also as an added note: Vitamin D is not the only vitamin for bone health and suppport, your collagen also helps make and maintain strong bones.

All the more reason you need to prepare Kale Sweet Potato and Chicken Salad. Here is what you will need.

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2 medium sweet potatoes, peeled and diced (1 inch squares)

3 tbsp. olive oil, divided

Salt and pepper

3/4 pound frozen breaded chicken tenders

1 cup Mango Chipotle dressing

1 bunch Tuscan kale, tough stems and ribs removed, thinly sliced (about 6 cups)

½ cup cashews, chopped

 

Preheat oven to 400 degrees

This recipe calls solely for Kale, but as you can see on the cutting board above, we mixed in other greens. Such as some spinach, arugula, white and red cabbage and julienne cut broccoli.

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In a large mixing bowl toss sweet potatoes with the olive oil, salt and pepper.

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On two rimmed baking sheets, arrange diced sweet potatoes on one sheet and frozen breaded chicken strips on the second rimmed baking sheet.
Put in the preheat oven and bake 20 minutes or until potatoes are tender and chicken is cooked through. Let cool to room temperature.

Make the dressing while the chicken and sweet potatoes are baking.

Mango Chipotle Dressing

2 Mangoes, peeled, pitted (about 1 ½ to 2 cups)

4 garlic cloves, peeled

2 Chipotle Chili Peppers in adobo, wash peppers and de-seed *

½ cup Olive Oil

¼ cup Vinegar

3 – 4 tbsp. Lemon Juice

2 tbsp. Sugar

¼ tsp. Salt

Place mango flesh, garlic gloves and peppers into a food processor and puree. Next add oil, vinegar, lemon juice and processes until well incorporated, about 1 minute. Add sugar and salt process a few seconds.

Makes about 2 ½ cups

*if too spicy, use only 1 pepper

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After chicken has cooled, chop into pieces.

chopped chicken strips for Kale Sweet Potato and Chicken Salad

In a large serving bowl toss potatoes, chicken, and kale with dressing and sprinkle with cashews. Plate and serve.

close up for detail of Kale Sweet Potato and Chicken Salad

Here’s another health tidbit….the Kale, broccoli, and spinach are cruciferous vegetables that ward off cancer with only four servings a week. That red cabbage you see there has more vitamin C than an orange and has sulfur as well. Sulfur also helps build beautiful skin.

Have you forgotten what you just read, red cabbage can help you with that. Current research reports that red cabbage increases brain function.

Enjoy your Kale Sweet Potato and Chicken Salad.

 

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