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Braised Kale

Picture from the blog Bites out of Life

Here is a quick and easy recipe for braised kale. Braising involves searing or browning the main ingredient and then simmering it in a small amount of liquid. We often do braised greens and beans as a quick side dish; here we will give you a basic recipe using kale and garlic.


  • 2-3 handfulls of kale (washed and patted dry)
  • 2-3 cloves of garlic
  • 2 Tbsp – 1/4 C. veg stock (depends on how “soupy” you want the kale)
  • 1 Tbsp of olive oil

The How To

  1. In a large saute pan heat the olive oil over medium-low heat. Add the garlic and sauté for 30-45 seconds (don’t burn).
  2. Add the kale in small batches, tossing it with the olive oil and garlic until all the kale is in the pan.
  3. Cook for another minute then add the stock. Toss the kale to coat, then cover the pan. You want the kale to retain some vibrant color and not wilt too much, so keep an eye on it. (Depending on how much stock you used the kale might soak up the liquid really quickly.)

Smokey Roasted Green Beans


Most vegetables are delicious on their own—in their raw state. But sometimes its fun (and tasty) to add just a little umphf. In this case, that umphf is some smoked paprika. Toss the beans in some of that and the smell with be reminiscent of bacon. These are easy to make and easier to eat.


  • 1 lb (or whatever) green beans, ends trimmed
  • 1-2 Tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tsp smoked paprika
  • 1 Tbsp nooch
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp peeper

The How To

  1. Pre-heat oven to 375.
  2. Wash and trim the ends of the green beans.
  3. Drizzle oil and toss the beans with the rest of the ingredients. (You can do this in a bowl or on straight onto a baking sheet if you want to save on dishes.)
  4. Place beans in the oven for 30 or until they start to brown a bit.

There you go! Enjoy these as a side with anything that you are cooking up (e.g., we ate them with a Smokey Mac & Cheese).

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