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3/29/12 5:13 P

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The way I like Kale and Collards best is saute'd with a little bacon (pour off the fat) and chopped onion. It's kind of a southern dish, I think. It would be healthier to use olive oil or just steam them, but I like the bacon :)

I just saw some baby Kale at Costco a few weeks ago, and you could add that to salad if you wanted, but both of these are "winter" greens and are, therefore, not as tender as lettuce so they might be a little tough in a salad.

I usually take a bundle of the leaves (they're big), wash them and cut off the stem and some of the spine, if they're really big (the spine might be tough, but might not be). Then I stack them up in a pile and just slice them into strips about an inch wide. This goes for Chard, Kale, Mustard greens, or Collards (or even beet greens if you buy fresh beets)

I use them in my stir-fries with mushrooms, onions, sliced carrots, peppers, etc. and serve it over my whole-grain pilaf. You won't need to worry about fiber, let me tell ya!

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3/29/12 10:14 A

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I guess I've never tried those greens, and wouldn't know what to do with them. I have heard of Kale chips and a soup with Kale, so will probably try those. Guess I have to intentionally look for it, since I don't recall seeing kale at the store.

How do you fix them? I'm thinking they don't just get added to salad??

Tina

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Reading about Paleo and Raw Food diets is inspiring changes in My diet! Just enough to want to add lots of veggies!


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3/28/12 3:19 P

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Thanks for the recipe, Tina. I've used lentils in my taco mix before, and we like it.

I don't know how well you like greens, but we love Kale, Chard, Mustard, and Collards, all of which are high in fiber.

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3/26/12 9:31 A

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Please share tips or great recipes here. I am always WAY low in this area!

Here's a great recipe to increase your fiber intake and use cumin, one of my favorite spices! You can eat it as a main dish or use it as the base for a taco salad or taco filling.

Skillet Beef with Lentils- from The More with Less Cookbook

Bring 1 qt water to boil in a pan. Add 1 1/2 C Lentils
Cook 20 minutes. Drain- reserving liquid (if you plan to use bouillon cubes). * I didn't end up with extra liquid and added 2 1/2 c of water in the final part of the recipe to cook the rice.

In a deep skillet, saute:
2 T butter
2 med. Onions
1 clove garlic, minced *I'll use 2-3 cloves next time.

Stir in 1 lb ground beef. Brown well. Dissolve in 2 1/3 C reserved liquid:
2 beef bullion cubes (I use 2 cups home made chicken broth + 1/3 C water.)

Add liquid to meat mixture; cover and simmer 10 minutes.

Stir in:
reserved lentils
2T long grain rice ( I use brown) *I'm going to 5 T next time.
1 tsp sugar (I omit)
1 tsp salt
1 tsp ground cumin (I might add a dash more)
1/2 tsp pepper

Bring to a boil, reduce heat, cover and simmer 30 minutes or until lentils and rice are tender and liquid is absorbed (add more if needed). Check seasonings and add in :

1T apple cider vinegar.
Top with parsley and serve. (I omit parsley)

Serves 6-8. Allow 1 hour prep and cook. This make a LOT, so you can probably fix all the above meal suggestions for just a couple people!

Tina

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Reading about Paleo and Raw Food diets is inspiring changes in My diet! Just enough to want to add lots of veggies!


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