28 Nov KALE: Nature’s Superfood

Kale: In Season for Fall

Kale is considered a “super food” and if you are a foodie you probably know its benefits. It also happens to be in season for Fall. Here are some benefits of kale that you may not know about:

  • It is a good source of all your vitamins and minerals, including, Vitamins A, C and K.
  • It has antioxidants that help with anti-inflammatory properties and lower blood pressure.
  • It is found to have cancer fighting substance.
  • Lowers blood pressure and cholesterol and can help you lose weight.
  • Good for the eyes

Below, we share a kale soup recipe:

Kale and Sausage Soup
(From www.tastofhome.com)
Makes 15 servings
1 pound of sausage of your choice (Kielbasa, Polish or Italian)

3 medium Yukon Gold or red potatoes, chopped

2 medium onions, chopped

2 tablespoons olive oil

1 bunch kale, trimmed and torn

4 garlic cloves, minced

1/4 teaspoon pepper

1/4 teaspoon salt

2 bay leaves

1 can (14-1/2 ounces) diced tomatoes, undrained

1 can (15 ounces) garbanzo beans or chickpeas, rinsed and drained

1 carton (32 ounces) chicken broth

In a Dutch oven over medium-low heat, cook the sausage, potatoes and onions in oil for 5 minutes or until sausage is heated through, stirring occasionally.

Add kale; cover and cook for 2-3 minutes or until kale is wilted. Add garlic; cook 1 minute longer.

Add the remaining ingredients. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and simmer for 9-12 minutes or until potatoes are tender. Discard bay leaves.

As animals begin to eat for the upcoming hibernation, we are inclined to do the same. As Fall continues and we head for Winter, it is good to know what foods are in season right now. If you are able to follow the foods that are in season, you will notice that there is an abundant amount of those particular fruits and vegetables. Not only that, but there are more sales on the foods that are in season at the moment. Happy cooking!

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