Thursday, January 23, 2014

Panfried Kale

Hello, hello! This week is flying by; I can hardly believe that it's Thursday. Today, in lieu of my regular workday, I'm heading to the closest YMCA {about 1.25 hours away} to observe some new fitness classes. I'm revamping our fitness schedule at work soon (we change it every three months) and I'm trying to get ideas for new classes that I can bring to our little community. In other words, we're trying to see how many fitness certifications I can get in one year! Just kidding :) 

Oh, and I finally got some answers about my foot. I tore my plantar fascia, but it seems to be healing well. I should be back to "normal" in 2-4 weeks, but was instructed to never teach so many fitness classes again. Sigh. I'm both relieved and disappointed by the news. It's good that I have to cut back- I know my body will be thankful, but I want to offer my center as much as I can and I don't want to disappoint people. 

Anyway... let's talk about kale.

I kind of have a love-hate relationship with kale. I love that is has so many vitamins. It's a super-food! But I'm not crazy about the taste. It's a bit bitter. And forget eating it plain and raw! At least give me some balsamic vinaigrette. 

But, when cooked, it's a different story. I actually kind of like it--- probably just because I know my body needs those nutrients! So, whether you have a love-love, a love-hate, or even a hate-hate relationship with the leafy unruly vegetable, you should give this side dish a try. This Panfried Kale will come together in a matter of minutes and will taste great paired with your next dinner. 

P.S.-  I was pleasantly surprised with how well this photo came out! Oh, and this kale, with a drizzle of lemon juice, pairs beautifully with steamed shrimp. Trust me, I know :)

Panfried Kale
Recipe by Pioneer Woman


1 large bunch of kale, or 2 regular bunches
1-2 tablespoons olive oil
5 cloves garlic, finely minced
Salt and pepper, to taste


Thoroughly rinse the kale in cold water and tear it into chunks. In a large pan over medium-high heat, heat the olive oil. Add the garlic and quickly stir it around to avoid burning. Add the kale to the pan and use tongs to toss it while it cooks. Add the salt and pepper and continue cooking for 1-2 more minutes, until it has wilted, but still crisp.

How would you describe your relationship with kale?


  1. My first attempt with kale was a disaster, but I'm willing to try again - that stuff is GOOD for you! This sounds great - you can't go wrong with olive oil and garlic!

    1. It's amazing how much nutrition kale has to offer. Too bad it doesn't taste like ice cream :)


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