Sunday, March 13, 2011

Kale with Sun-Dried Tomatoes

Some of us don't favor dark leafy greens because of their tougher texture and slight bitter flavor. But in my opinion, they are really nice ingredients to work precisely because of their tougher texture and slight bitter flavor! :) They can withstand longer and/or harsher cooking methods without losing their structure as much and they can also hold up better against stronger seasonings including sweet in savory type flavor combinations.

This kale with sun-dried tomatoes recipe is one such example. The flavor base of this dish is savory. The sun-dried tomatoes not only add texture to the dish but also add a tartness. The maple syrup is added to cut through that tartness, brightening the entire dish and making the kale taste awesome! Try this and I promise you will be pleasantly surprised. :)

Ingredients (makes 2 servings):
1. 4 cups (raw) kale, leaves removed from stem and julienned
2. 2 teaspoon sun-dried tomatoes, sliced
3. 1 tablespoon shallots, finely diced
4. 3 Oz salmon, cubed
5. 2 tablespoons red wine (I prefer the pinot noir)
6. 1 teaspoon maple syrup
7. Salt
8. Ground white pepper
9. Grapeseed oil

1. In a wide saucepan, heat up a few sprays of grapeseed oil on medium/high heat and saute sun dried tomatoes until fragrant. About 2 to 3 minutes.
2. Add shallots and saute until soften. Season with pinch of salt and pepper.
3. Add red wine and cook for 1 to 2 minutes.
4. Add kale, season with salt and pepper and cook covered for about 4 minutes.
5. Remove cover and stir-fry kale to mix well with shallots and sun-dried tomatoes. Add a few splashes of water if necessary.
6. When all kale has wilted nicely, add in maple syrup. Stir to combine well and add salmon cubes.
7. Cook covered again for about 3 to 4 minutes until salmon is nicely cooked through. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
8. Turn off heat and serve immediately.

Nutritional value of this recipe:
Kale is a good plant source of calcium. 1 serving of this recipe will give you 20%* of your daily calcium requirements and 16%* of your iron requirements. Of course, not forgetting the huge amounts of Vitamin A and C that you will be getting from the sun-dried tomatoes too! This recipe also serves up 3g of fiber.

* based on a 2,000 calories a day diet

Feel free to leave out the salmon for a completely vegetarian dish.

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