Sauteed Dinosaur Kale

Posted by on October 4, 2012 in Blog, Vegetables & Vegetarian | 9 comments


Let’s just call this week, “Kale Week” at our home. Did you catch Monday’s soup post with ground chicken, kale and brown rice? Kale’s been a regular in our fridge, along with spinach, romaine lettuce, cucumbers and tomatoes, but I’ve been using it more in what I will call, “noticeable dishes”, such as the soup. In the past, I’ve always chopped up kale finely and added it to traditional dinner rotation dishes so that the family couldn’t tell what it is nor taste it. However, these days, I’m gettin’ bold with kale.

The other day I was texting my bride (ok, she’s not MY bride, but my recently married dear friend) and she shared with me that she bought some kale and asked how I use it. So “Kale Week” is for her. :)

A few weeks ago, thanks to the suggestion of my BFF, I went ahead and sauteed dinosaur kale (also known as lacinato kale, Italian kale, Tuscan kale, Tuscan cabbage, or black kale). It’s simply sautéed with garlic, olive oil and just a hint of salt and pepper. It’s exactly how I cook our spinach but I never thought to sauté kale in this way. When I sauté pea sprouts (follow link for post), in addition to olive oil and garlic, I add chicken broth for extra flavor. While I didn’t do this with the kale, it’s definitely something I would recommend trying.

Dinosaur kale looks quite different from curly kale (also known as borecole) because of it’s curly leaves. It tastes different too and personally I prefer the dinosaur kale over curly kale but you’ll have to experiment to see which type of kale you enjoy in different types of dishes. Oh, and in case you didn’t know this (I didn’t), kale is a cabbage. It’s in the same family of vegetables as brussels sprouts, collard greens, broccoli, and cauliflower. Kale is high in lutein, vitamin K, beta carotene, vitamin C, and rich in calcium. It’s also a good source of iron. (Source: Wikipedia)

I feel great when I eat kale!

I originally served this sauteed kale as a side to pork chops but it makes a great side dish to any protein. It also tastes great in stir-fry. My husband ate the sauteed kale without grimacing although he commented that the stems were a bit chewy. I think he does his best to eat what I cook, even the healthier side dishes knowing that I cook them with our nutrition in mind. Even Bebe E ate some of the leafy kale chopped up into tiny pieces! If she can do it, you can too!

PHOTO: Left – purple kale; Right – dinosaur kale.

Sauteed Dinosaur Kale
Recipe type: Side Dish
  • 1 bunch dinosaur kale
  • 1 teaspoon extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 - 3 cloves of garlic, roughly chopped
  • Salt, to taste
  • Black pepper, optional
  1. If you prefer, remove the stem from the kale. I enjoy sauteed dinosaur kale with the stems on.
  2. Rough chop kale.
  3. In a large pan, heat olive oil, on medium-high heat. Add garlic and kale. Sautee until the leaves are cooked through, about 5 minutes.
  4. Season with salt, to taste. Add black pepper, optional.





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    Hi! I’m loving all your kale recipes — this one included!

    I meant to comment on your soup one, but I was on my phone at the time and was too lazy to log in to wordpress first! lol
    I hope you are feeling better. Both the soup recipe and this one look SOO good and nutritious. I only wish I wasn’t the only one in this family that eats kale!!

    Oh, I also love the whole thing with Bebe E and her “baby”. SOOO cute!! So cute that you are an obaachan now too. :)

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      Hi Melissa! :) Can you tell I’m really in love with kale these days? I even put some leftover branches of chopped up kale in lasagna the other day. But the family didn’t mention anything so they must have thought it was just part of the spinach. LOL. Whenever my husband spies kale on the kitchen counter he now says, ‘kale AGAIN?’. LOL.

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    Thanks for posting this recipe and the suggestions on using kale. I will have to purchase it on my next trip to the grocery store since it’s got so much nutritional value in it.


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      Yay! Kale is awesome! LOL. :)

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    I LOVE kale and this is exactly how I prepare it. Simple and delicious!

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    I’ve been wanting to make something with kale, I’m going to try this! Love your blog!

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      Thank you! Always wonderful to hear from you! :)

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    Oh I feel so honored to have “kale week” dedicated to me! I’m definitely going to try it! My husband said he “feels” healthy already… lol. Thanks a bunch!

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      Oh, hello there MY bride! :) Thanks for leaving a comment for me. love the sound of “MY HUSBAND”. LOL! I’ve been waiting to hear those words from you for SO long!!! LOL. :) Love teasing you! I have more recipes. Just giving the readers a break from kale. I buy two bunches a week so I have many ways to use it. I’ll share more soon. Hugggzz!

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