Massage Some Life into Your Kale!

Tools Required:

Citrus Juicer – I love my citrus juicer so I can get the most juice out of my lemons and limes. They also make squeezing the citrus super simple!

Glass Bowl – You just can’t beat a good set of nesting bowls for meal prep and making dressings. I also own over 20 of these glass bowls from IKEA which work perfectly for kale massaging!

My Thought Process:

It’s a little known fact that raw kale is gross. If you don’t believe me, give it a taste and you’ll find out just how tough and fibrous this leafy green can be. And while I’m a huge fan of sautéed kale (green power bowls are my life), warmer weather makes me crave lighter meals and that means more raw fruits and veggies. But I am NOT cool with giving up my kale and this has led me to play around with about a million different ways to squeeze it in every week – everything from kale chips to lighter lemony kale soups to smoothies and even raw massaged kale salads.

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Cooking Technique – Making Your Greens Taste Amazing

Tools Required: 

Chef’s Knife – A good knife is an essential tool for success in the kitchen. Contrary to what many believe, you really only need one or two good knives to get the job done. I am a strong believer in finding a knife that feels good to you so I suggest hitting up your local Williams Sonoma and asking to hold a few until you find your perfect fit. I use Global knives. They’re Japanese-made, sleek, sharp and lightweight. In other words, perfect for my dainty hands! But remember that knives like these must be hand washed!

Wooden Cutting Board – I buy these bamboo boards at IKEA! They give me a lot of prep space and the wood is much better for my knife than a plastic board. Hand wash with dish soap and hot water and dry really well.

Skillet – Heavy-bottomed, nonstick, oven-safe skillets are crucial in my kitchen. I won’t deny that All-Clad are incredible pans but for everyday affordable cookware, Calphalon makes some amazing products. I own a couple of the 10-inch and 12-inch pans and they’re just perfect! Just be sure when you’re buying skillets to look for ones without a plastic handle so that they can go into the oven. And, like your knives, keep these babies out of the dishwasher and hand wash only!

My Thought Process: 

So, here’s the deal. I haven’t always been a leafy greens lover. In fact, I still remember the first time I cooked kale. I had picked up a bunch at the farmers’ market and got home and Googled kale recipes. I had no idea what to do with it but after some research, I headed to the kitchen with the “perfect recipe.” And even though I followed the recipe to the letter, the result was mushy and bitter and tasted, well, gross. And I know I am not the only one who’s had this experience.

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