This simple and pretty preparation of stir-fried kale and red cabbage proves that this hardy green is perfect for flash-cooking over high heat.
The secret to success is to stop the stir-fry process just shy of when you think you need to, so that both the cabbage and kale retain their bright colors.
Try it with mustard greens: This is also excellent with less common and often neglected mustard greens. You need not strip the leaves off of the stems; simply slice the leaves through the stems into long ribbons or chop into bite-sized pieces. Note that mustard greens cook up even more quickly than kale using this stir-fry method, so take care not to overdo the cooking.
Spice it up: As suggested in the recipe, if you’d like a spicier dish, add a minced fresh hot chile pepper or dried hot red pepper flakes to taste, or pass around a bottle of sriracha. Recipe adapted from Wild About Greens by Nava Atlas.
A few notes about kale
Though the crazed devotion to kale seems to have peaked, it’s still a Most Valuable Vegetable. Kale is in the family of cruciferous vegetables, along with broccoli and cauliflower. It comes in several varieties, the most common of which are the curly green, lacinato (also called dinosaur kale), and Russian.
Lacinato kale has long, narrow leaves that are a handsome forest green, sometimes blue-green. Russian Kale is also curly, with red-tipped leaves and a slightly less sweet flavor than its monochromatic counterpart.
The mild, slightly sweet flavor of the curly variety is the most widely adaptable to all manner of preparations (including smoothies!), but lacinato and Russian kale are totally worth using if you happen to spot them.
Variations Add a small amount of another vegetable or two, depending on what you have on hand. Use any of the following, adding them at the same time as the kale and cabbage. Nutrition data is always an estimate depending on program used to calculate and exact products used. This is given for informational purposes only and accuracy cannot be guaranteed.
Optional hot stuff
Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 207Total Fat: 9gSaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 7gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 181mgCarbohydrates: 30gFiber: 10gSugar: 7gProtein: 4g
Add a small amount of another vegetable or two, depending on what you have on hand. Use any of the following, adding them at the same time as the kale and cabbage.
Nutrition data is always an estimate depending on program used to calculate and exact products used. This is given for informational purposes only and accuracy cannot be guaranteed.
If you like this simple kale recipe, you might also enjoy …