Creamed Kale Recipe


Last year, in addition to my 2016 word to focus on (“purpose”), I also chose one food to focus on.  A food that I would try use more in my meals, a food I was determined to get my kids to eat.  That food was kale.  Yes I know.  Every mom out there is wondering the same question.  Why would you do that to yourself? Your kids will never eat kale, not even in a smoothie. True story.  My kids will not eat a smoothie with kale no matter how much you grind that kale up before-hand.  They can smell and taste kale in a smoothie from a mile away.  I even make smoothies without kale and my kids won’t touch them because they think I secretly stuck kale in there.  Like just eat the delicious strawberry smoothie.  But I digress.

I finally found a recipe that I was successful at making.  It’s creamed kale! And yes, my kids eat this!  Warning though, it does contain butter.  Lots of butter.  Which is why they eat it but also why it’s not exactly the healthiest fat losing recipe for you moms with gym resolutions.  But you have to pick your battles and for me, having them eat kale was my goal after all.  Not reducing butter intake.  Because you know that should never be a goal no matter what year it is.

So today I wanted to share this recipe with all of you.  First you start out by melting some butter in a skillet on medium-high heat.

Then add some minced garlic (I buy garlic in a jar already minced for easy use and zero prep – and because I don’t have a garlic press).  kale3

Saute the garlic.  Let it get a little brown.  Next, add in the kale.  I also buy pre-washed and pre-cut kale because yes, I’m a mom who spends more for convenience.  Pile the kale into the skillet.  Put in as much as the skillet will hold.  Kale will reduce once cooked.kale4

I also add some water to help it reduce.kale5

Stir and steam the kale and watch it reduce.  Stir for about 5 minutes or until kale has reduced.kale6

Once reduced, turn heat down to medium.

Now comes the good stuff.  Add in heavy cream (I never have this on hand so I just use milk), some more butter, salt to taste and Parmesan cheese.kale10kale8

Stir until cheese and butter is melted. Serve warm.  Also it’s worth noting that when I serve this to my children, I sprinkle even more Parmesan cheese on top.  My kids will eat anything with cheese on it.kale11

This simple recipe takes less than 5 minutes so it’s perfect for all you busy moms.  Plus, if you don’t think about all that butter, you can give yourself a high-five for feeding your kids what is considered the most nutrient dense food on the planet.  Besides, there are worse things your child could put in their mouth than a bunch of butter, like that fruit snack gone rogue at the bottom of your purse.

Here’s a pin image with the recipe for all those moms who have recipe boards on Pinterest (which is like every mom).  Also, the best part is if you have spinach in the refrigerator about to go bad and slimy, throw that into this recipe too.  Oh and you can also add bacon to this because if the cheese covered kale doesn’t work for you kids, the bacon ought to.

Creamed Kale Recipe


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