Last week I was driving to the scenic river road in Louisville to get to town for the Greek Festival and on the way outside a church I saw a sign for fresh blueberries and inside was a farmer's market. While looking at the fresh produce I found Kale, a vegetable about which I had heard for a while now but never bought it. I have compared it to Yale because Yale is one of the top Universities in the world. Three of the 4 presidents in the past 25 years have been Yalees. A first lady of one of the most admired president (Bill Clinton) of the past 25 years is also a Yalee and with a good chance (40%) for being the first woman president of the USA. Hopefully having convinced you that Yale is a top school even though most of you already knew that let me go on to why has Kale taken the top position amongst vegetables. Why do we eat vegetables? We eat to get balanced nutrition and part of good nutrition is getting essential minerals like Iron (more than in beef?), calcium, Magnesium and vitamins (C and K), other antioxidants and fiber and Kale meets the requirements in good measure. Read more on the mind body green site. But we would not eat Kale, which has been a key vegetable as a part of Soul food and Southern style greens. if it did not taste good. So how best to make food tasty. Apply a thin coating of oil with a spray along with some seasoning of your choice and bake it until crispy. Crispy Kale tastes good. Another way to cook it is to stir fry it in olive oil and spices and herbs along with lentils and cabbage your other vegetables of your choice. I am not a Yalee and will never be the president of the USA but in less than a week have converted to being a Kalee. Delicious and nutritious what more of good stuff can you ask for. By the way if you have a child that does not want to eat anything green just slip the veggies into something they like. Maybe a pistachio ice cream or even a chocolate ice cream.
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