Spicy Sautéed Kale

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I'm not kale's biggest fan. I know that's not the nutritionist-approved answer but it's true. Most nutritionists will tell you that kale is their favourite vegetable, not me. I want to be perfectly transparent with you.  

Now, let's not get it twisted - there is no doubt that as a leafy green, kale is a powerhouse of nutrition. I love that and I make it a point to get plenty of it in my diet whether it be in smoothies, juices or salads.

But as far as leafy greens go - kale is not the tastiest to me. That's why I prefer to juice with it, toss it into a smoothie where I can hide it behind other bolder flavours or wilt it into soups. All of that said, me and kale  chips on the other hand actually get along real well 😜

Why Kale? It has cholesterol-lowering properties (when steamed), risk lowering benefits for cancer and supports our body's detoxification system. Kale is abundant in vitamins A & K as well as the minerals manganese and copper.

Spicy Sautéed Kale

2 cups kale, washed, fibrous stem cut out & torn into large pieces

1 tbsp coconut oil (olive oil would work too)

1 tsp red chilli flakes

2 shallots, thinly sliced

1 clove garlic, minced

Optional add-ins: Nutritional yeast, raw nuts or seeds such as slivered almonds or hemp seeds


  1. Once you have cut out the woody stem of the kale and ripped it into large pieces, steam it just until it turns bright green. Set aside.
  2. Get a saute pan warming up on medium low and add 1 tbsp coconut oil to it.
  3. Add to that chilli flakes and allow the oils to come out. About a minute.
  4. Toss in thinly sliced shallots and allow them to sauté for a few minutes then add your garlic.
  5. When your garlic is fragrant it's time to add the steamed kale to your sauté pan. Give everything a good stir so that the kale is well coated - 3-5 minutes longer.
  6. Remove from heat and serve.

How I like to serve it up: side dish to some fresh wild salmon (or any protein for that matter) or mixed into a grain like quinoa with some veggies. 

If you're anything like me when it comes to the taste of kale, I really hope you give it one more chance in this spicy side dish. Try it out!

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