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Emerald Sesame Greens

Emerald Sesame Greens

Kale is a dynamic superfood, but all too often people are left scratching their heads about how to maximize its flavor and texture. Yes, there are natural born kale lovers out there, but others might need a little coaxing. This recipe will go beyond coaxing, and might just convert the kale-wary into the kale-loving.

Kale is a much underappreciated vegetable, has a deep, rich taste that combines nicely with ginger and sesame. Enjoy kale as a robust alternative to the milder taste of spinach.

2 bunches of kale
1/2 teaspoon sesame oil
1/2 teaspoon canola oil
1 teaspoon minced garlic
1 teaspoon minced ginger
1 tablespoon water
1 teaspoon low-sodium tamari or soy sauce
1 teaspoon sesame seeds
1/4 teaspoon ground red pepper

1. Wash the kale but do not pat it dry. Coarsely chop it.

2. In a 12-inch skillet or wok, warm the sesame and canola oils over medium-high heat. Add the garlic and ginger, and sauté until the garlic is lightly browned. Add the kale with the water that clings to it and sauté it, sprinkling with water until it’s tender, 5 to 7 minutes.

3. Transfer the kale to a bowl and toss with the tamari or soy sauce, sesame seeds, and ground red pepper.

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Adapted from The Purification Plan: Clear Your Body of the Toxins That Contribute to Weight Gain, Fatigue and Chronic Illness from the Editors of Rodale Health Books (Rodale, 2005).

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Melissa Breyer

Melissa Breyer is a writer and editor with a background in sustainable living, specializing in food, science and design. She is the co-author of True Food (National Geographic) and has edited and written for regional and international books and periodicals, including The New York Times Magazine. Melissa lives in Brooklyn, NY.


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7:48AM PST on Feb 13, 2013

I have to try this one! Thanks.

7:01AM PST on Feb 13, 2013

Gonna definetly try this,thanks.

6:57AM PST on Feb 13, 2013

Interesting, I will try this. I used to have a lovely wok that cooked things to perfection. Somehow I will have to get another one. Thank you.

9:59PM PST on Feb 12, 2013


1:37PM PST on Feb 12, 2013

kale yeah!

7:46AM PST on Jan 17, 2013

Must try,,,,,Thanks..

11:19AM PST on Jan 16, 2013


2:00AM PST on Jan 14, 2013

Thank you :)

6:32AM PST on Jan 13, 2013

No, thanks. I'm allergic.

1:44AM PST on Jan 13, 2013


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